If You Murdered Someone, Would You Know It. We might try to see a little more carefully behind the placed smile, the tired eyes. Did she kill her one-night stand after she blacked out? Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Not identical, just close enough to harbor a comparison. With the murdered man, she has memories of consenting to having sex and wanting it. But, also because she was a double agent and not keen on killing an innocent American citizen. ( Log Out / The idea of this story works and could have been a really good book but it is so badly written that it doesn't really deliver. A seasoned flight attendant on a layover in Dubai — a hard-partying, hard-working woman who’s also a functioning alcoholic — wakes up one morning to find the Russian businessman next to her dead, his neck sliced open with the shards of a Stoli bottle. Prudence Black goes beyond the mere details of the changing uniforms of Qantas since the 40's. Cassie became a flight attendant to run away from her past. The ending also gives closure to many open storylines and it was a satisfying conclusion. It's not difficult to speculate that Cassie's drinking is tied to a troubled childhood, which is promptly revealed with the mention of her alcoholic father. Cassie isn’t sure, which makes her self-loathing much more painful and heart-breaking. I was at a handsome bar and I was jet-lagged just enough to see the aesthetic beauty in the rituals around which we drink: the colors, the bottles, the glasses. Soon it’s too late to come clean-or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. This caused that no one would ever again believe a word she said, and Cassandra lived for the rest of her life "in frustration and dread." A handsome, rich hedge fund manager. She explores the growth of the Qantas empire and how it reflects the changing social and culutral environment of … Earlier this year Chris Bohjalian came to Denver’s Tattered Cover Bookstore to read from and discuss his, at the time, latest novel, The Sleepwalker. Chris did a wonderful job in crafting and delivering this story, but there were some things about airlines and being a flight attendant that he got wrong. Suspenseful, but not very well written book. It's this legacy she carries around with her like a boulder, unable to rid herself of its impossible weight. ( Log Out / Could she have killed him? Perhaps next time we board a plane, we will look at the flight attendants with new eyes. With The Flight Attendant, Chris Bohjalian has shown us a glimpse of the truth that could be hidden beyond that thin divider curtain. Her backstory made me identify with her. But Cassie Bowden isn't a mother or a pilot. 8. Read it before Kaley Cuoco stars in the upcoming series!" The glamourous settings. His utter stillness. After her initial shock and disbelief, Cassie begins to remember the previous night. ( Log Out / Nov13. Book Review: ‘The Flight Attendant’ by Chris Bohjalian. What we could have read as reckless behavior on Cassie's part say five years ago, now takes a moral and even criminal tint, harboring the question that if Cassie was too drunk most of the time to give consent, doesn't that mean that she has been repeatedly raped while drunk or unconscious? After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. During that discussion, the question that all authors are inevitably asked, “what are you currently working on?” came up. ★★★★★ It’s amazing! “I love stories that begin with cataclysmic disequilibrium. Cassandra sees this as a parable of her own life, oozing with too many lies and recklessness. The ending had many surprise twists and I enjoyed it. Change ). Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. And I would’ve gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you… “Meddling Kids” Book Review, Follow readingstewardess on WordPress.com. I am a flight attendant for a major US airline. All in all, The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian achieves its purpose of entertaining the reader with pages filled with vivid characters, lucid descriptions of the scenes, and plots that twist even the most logical assumptions of each chapter thanks to Bohjalian’s diligent research of all the components of the story, ranging from the work routine of a flight attendant to FBI investigation … It’s an engaging read and I enjoyed it. But most of all it was a very interesting and riveting story. As a former flight attendant, I found this a really enjoyable, fascinating read. Cassandra Bowden, like her namesake, the prophetess who is never believed, has problems. When she awakens in a hotel room in Dubai, hung over and remembering nothing, she assumes it’s just another of her many sexual dalliances overseas. Needless to say, my wish came true and I received my very own galley of the book. She acts out of self-preservation but she is conflicted by her actions. Now, in The Flight Attendant, his heroine Cassandra Bowden appears to be an amalgam of the pilot with the missing blond mother and wife. The man, a passenger in her section of first class, her memories bits and pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. As is frequent in Bohjalian's novels, the mystery is not so simple and Cassie tires her hardest to find out more about the murdered man's identity and who could have wanted him dead. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 11, 2013, I enjoyed reading this book the storyline was interesting and kept the pace up right to the end just as you think it's over it catches you. ( Log Out / Now for my thoughts on this book, both from a reader and a flight attendant’s perspective. This was a spectacular, revolting fail even by her standards for indignity and mortification. At the mid-point of the novel, Cassie reflects on the origins of her name. Comments Off on Book Review: ‘The Flight Attendant’ by Chris Bohjalian She doesn’t believe in harming innocent people. In the same sheets. Like a modern Agatha Christie, the answers to the riddle were always there, but we believed the wrong person or trusted the wrong narrative. Other times they surprise me and, rather like a parent, I’m moved by their resilience.”. It’s not difficult to speculate that Cassie’s drinking is tied to a troubled childhood, which is promptly revealed with the mention of her alcoholic father. April 16, 2018 But the previous times? And she had slept the rest of the night beside his corpse. I couldn’t help but squeal when I hear this, turns out my squeal was quite loud as it caught Chris’s attention and I went on to share that I was excited because I am a flight attendant.
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