Book Review: The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

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The Flight Attendant, by Chris Bohjalian
Random House LLC
Published March 13, 2018

The Flight Attendant – goodreads
The Flight Attendant – amazon kindle edition

Book Blurb (by Goodreads):

Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She’s a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, already counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets. Afraid to call the police–she’s a single woman alone in a hotel room far from home–Cassie begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies on the way to Paris as she works the first class cabin. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it’s too late to come clean-or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. Could she have killed him? If not, who did?

My Thoughts:

The Wife Between Us has been dethroned! The Flight Attendant has taken the top spot as my favorite book of 2018 so far. I regularly watch the YouTube channel, Fly with Stella, which was created by a flight attendant named Stella who is based out of JFK. While reading, I often thought of Stella, which lead me to become cognizant of how much research Bohjalian put into developing the main character of Cassie. I have a great deal of respect for him because of the attention to detail and how it helped Cassie come to life.

Thank you to NetGalley for a complimentary copy of this book.

Rating: 5 doughnuts out of 5! 🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩


Once in a while, you come across a book that you think about, wishing you could be reading it instead of doing whatever else it is you might be up to. This is how I felt about The Flight Attendant. I read it at work between tasks (I am a librarian, so reading at my desk is actually smiled upon which is amazing), in the doctor’s office, wherever and whenever I could get a few pages in. I cannot believe that this is the first book of Bohjalian’s I have read. I think it’s time to remedy that.

Cassie is the type of character you should not like. She is irresponsible, she takes too many risks and she is selfish, among other things. Despite all of her flaws, I found myself caring about Cassie and I was constantly on the edge of my seat, worrying about what might happen to her next. One of my favorite aspect of a book is character development. Let it be known that Bohjalian is an expert when it comes to creating characters that flourish right before your very eyes. Even minor characters are given such rich personalities that they come to life, jumping from the pages (or screen) of the story, adding dimension and mystery to the story.

At the end of the book, when everything began coming together, I found myself feeling tense and anxious- I  could not read the words fast enough, but I also wanted to savor the ending. After everything was reconciled and I thought it was safe to breathe again, an unexpected surprise was revealed!

The writing and grammar in The Flight Attendant is topnotch. It is the mark of a seasoned author who can both write well and develop gripping, suspenseful stories that please readers and exceed their expectations.

Would I Recommend this Book?

Yes! I would absolutely recommend this book.

To Whom Would I Recommend this Book?

I would recommend this book to those readers who enjoy thrillers, trying to figure out the puzzle that is a well-constructed book with a solid plot and engaging characters. I would also recommend this book to readers who like surprises and plot twists. Also, the description of the life of a flight attendant was fascinating and, as I wrote previously, done so well, it truly helps the reader to become immersed in Cassie’s life. So, I suppose you could say that I recommend The Flight Attendant to all readers 🙂

I hope this review has done the book justice. Whenever I truly feel passionate about a book, I find it difficult to deliver a review. Hopefully, my humble attempt will lead you to consider reading The Flight Attendant.

Thank you for reading my review!


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