The Flight Attendant (Hardcover)

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"Cassandra 'Cassie' Bowden is the flight attendant, and our unreliable narrator. She is an alcoholic that blacks out frequently, is fond of one night stands, and she’s a petty thief. She meets Alex Sokolov, a hedge fund manager, on a flight to Dubai and they plan a rendezvous at his hotel. They have dinner, and go to his room. They drink, have sex, and drink some more. At some point an associate of his, Miranda, joins them for more drinks. The next morning Cassie wakes up with a killer hangover, and discovers Alex next to her in bed, dead. She has gaps in her memory from the night before. She remembers Miranda leaving, and she remembers getting dressed to leave as well. What she doesn’t remember is how she came to be back in the room, how Alex was killed, and who killed him. Being an American in Dubai with a dead body seems like a bad idea, so Cassie decides to cover her tracks and return on her scheduled ight to Paris, and then New York. But, the FBI is waiting to question the airline crew when they arrive, and Cassie’s answers unravel quickly. Bohjalian creates complex characters and places them in an intricate plot that will leave you on the edge of your seat."--Reviewed by Susan


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From the 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 forty thousand 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.

About the Author

CHRIS BOHJALIAN is the author of twenty books, including The Guest Room; Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands; The Sandcastle Girls; Skeletons at the Feast; The Double Bind; and Midwives which was a number one New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah's Book Club. Chris's work has been translated into more than thirty languages, and three novels have become movies (Secrets of Eden, Midwives, and Past the Bleachers). Chris lives in Vermont and can be found at or on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Litsy, and Goodreads.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385542418
ISBN-10: 0385542410
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Publication Date: March 13th, 2018
Pages: 368
Language: English