The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

Cassie is a lot of things, an alcoholic, party girl, and least of all, a flight attendant–but is she a murderer too?  That’s the opening question in this entertaining book about international intrigue and espionage.

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Cassie wakes up in a swanky Dubai hotel, after getting black out drunk, to find that her handsome, rich, hook-up has been murdered in the bed next to her. His throat is slashed, and there is blood Ev.ery.where.  Due to the fact that she blacked out, she has absolutely no idea whether she was the one who killed him, which leads her to do many stupid and incriminating things (i.e., wipe down her finger prints, leave the hotel without notifying anyone, etc.)

 

Pretty early in the book we know that Cassie didn’t kill her one night stand — nope, that was the work of a nasty Russian assassin chick, who in a moment of weakness (or spark of morality?) decided not to kill Cassie too.  The book takes the reader through several twists and turns, and I was left on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next.

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I won’t spoil the details by giving away the ending, but I thought that it fell a little short of expectations.  After listening to the audiobook for approximately 15 hours, with the climax building to a promising end (I wanted a big fight to the death where Cassie wins at the last minute, but just barely–maybe they will save that alternative ending for the movie?), the ending was over in like 30 minutes — wham bam thank you ma’am style.  It was not very satisfying. I thought, “Really? That was it? That’s how this ends?” Sigh.

But don’t let the ending dissuade you from reading the book. It was really a fun read.

Check out this book on Goodreads: The Flight Attendant http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35506211-the-flight-attendant

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