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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Guest Room, a powerful story about the ways an entire life can change in one night: A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man - and no idea what happened.

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, 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?

Set amid the captivating world of those whose lives unfold at 40,000 feet, The Flight Attendant unveils a spellbinding story of memory, of the giddy pleasures of alcohol and the devastating consequences of addiction, and of murder far from home.

©2018 Chris Bohjalian (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Filled with turbulence and sudden plunges in altitude, The Flight Attendant is a very rare thriller whose penultimate chapter made me think to myself, 'I didn't see that coming.' The novel - Bohjalian's 20th - is also enhanced by his deftness in sketching out vivid characters and locales and by his obvious research into the realities of airline work." (Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post)

"An expertly turned thriller... [Bohjalian]'s back-loaded the story with twists, from ones that were hinted at early to left-field surprises. And the brisk and busy ending is a fireworks show of redemption, revelation and old-fashioned gunplay." (Mark Athitakis, USA Today)

"Readers who enjoyed the imperfect heroine in Paula Hawkins's The Girl on the Train and the anxiety-ridden paranoia of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment will be hooked by this murder mystery." (Library Journal)

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Good but not great. A bit hard to follow. The characters were hard to keep track of.

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Good story but 1 reader got on my nerves

The story was not one of Bohjalian's - it was good, not great. Grace Experience had an annoying, difficult to listen to voice - I dreaded the Elania chapters! I would have given the narration 4 stars if it hadn't been for Experience.

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Disappointingly Banal

Except for the surrealistic twist at the end of the story, I feel that I have experienced this plot and protagonist in a a couple dozen beach reads. Everything about it was sadly unremarkable and I struggled to finish it.

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“Plane” dissapointing......

Chris Bohjalian is a talented author and, therefore, I had great expectations for this book. Unfortunately, my expectations were not met.
I had been so excited when I read the synopsis for this book a few months ago because the entire storyline sounded very compelling and intriguing The book faltered in many places —the first half of the book was repetitive and slow-paced, the character development of some of the book’s characters was lacking, and the book’s ending was abrupt and not very well developed. Chris Bohjalin is highly skilled in crafting great plots and character development and I just was not seeing that here.

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  • Michael
  • Dickinson, TX, United States
  • 03-26-18

A so-so book. I should have saved the credit

How this schlock is on the NYT Bestseller List, is beyond my power to understand. Completely predictable at every turn and, it certainly didn’t need three readers.

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Not exciting

I loathed reader #2 that read Elaina's part, terrible voice. The ending felt rushed and the twist wasn't great.

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A fun page turner

This book was pretty good, started out fast and kept me interested. Specially the few little secrets of funny stuff that happens to a flight attendant interspersed throughout the book. In the end The villain was imo a poor choice. But overall the book was fun and kept me reading.

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Keeps You Guessing

WOW! Just WOW! This book is sooo sooo soooo good! I picked it up because I hear it's going to be optioned for a movie. It's perfect for a movie!

I can't tell you anything about the story without giving away the plot lines. Or at least I don't think I'd do a good job of it. I can tell you that lies will get you nowhere fast. Even those little gray area lies. They just build and build. There are so many twists and turns to this story I found myself waking up and thinking about them and trying to figure out where the author was going to go!

Do yourself a favor and read this one. Or like I did, listen to it. It's fast paced, and will keep you guessing all the way to the end

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Loved It!

Such a fantastic book! I love Chris Bohjalian’s writing. Really good read that kept me up late into the night! Highly recommend.

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AWFUL 2nd female reader!

The 2nd narrator’s voice was so grating and annoying- I cringed my way thru every passage she read.
It totally took away from the story which was unfortunately filled with retelling, repetitive details throughout yet crammed with an unbelievable wrap up of plot elements in the final pages that is not worthy of this author.

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