The Flight Attendant

The Flight Attendant

A Novel

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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IndyPL_MichelleS Jul 12, 2019

Once I heard that Kaley Cuoco Cook was going to be producing and staring in this show based on the book by the same title, I knew I had to hurry up and read it. The book itself is pretty good. I listened to the audiobook version, which was read by Erin Spencer, Grace Experience and Mark Deakins. This thriller was fairly interesting, and held my interest to the end, but it did have a somewhat slow start and felt repetitive at times. The entire time I was reading it I was trying to picture Kaley as Cassie and had a hard time seeing her in that particular role after playing Penny in TBBT for so long. I'm excited to see her in such a different role though.

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Marian122547
Apr 25, 2019

Did not like this book. I usually like the author

ontherideau Apr 19, 2019

I tried to read it all but I skipped chapters and didn't feel I missed anything.

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writermala
Mar 14, 2019

I read Chris Bohjalian's "Midwives" and loved it; thus I was very eager to read the "Flight Attendant." Alas I was very disappointed. When I read a book I need to empathize with the leading character. Here I could not empathize either with Cassie or with Elena. I felt both were rotten apples. The only reason I read the whole book is that I did not want to stop reading after I had invested some time in it. The ending I must say was unusual so might be worth persevering but if I had to do it again I wouldn't.

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CharlieIII
Mar 14, 2019

I've read most of Bojhalian's books and have enjoyed ALL of them. I read some of the reviews(?) of some readers and was somewhat hesitant because of their negativity and snide comments. I will no longer place any credence on the reliability of these nay sayers and stick with my initial feelings about the abilities of my favorite authors.

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allmyangels6
Mar 09, 2019

I liked this book but the beginning is very slow and her excessive drinking was difficult to bear. After Egypt it picks up and becomes a page turner. The ending felt rushed but is a total surprise! I would love a sequel to follow-up on Cassie.

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62Strat
Jan 15, 2019

Detestable protagonist, juvenile, implausible plot, frustratingly unsatisfying ending. All the elements that go into a taut, gripping thriller? I think not.

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brangwinn
Dec 29, 2018

Although I enjoyed this book, I needed more development in the ending of the book. The ending felt rushed to me. I enjoyed the book. The premise of an alcoholic flight attendant is probably realistic and the murder in which she was implicated had interesting twists. Readable, but not my favorite Bohjalian novel.

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ednabw
Dec 16, 2018

As a retired flight attendant, I enjoyed the way the author wove the flight attendant’s duties and life-style in a way that readily supports the intriguing (and, seemingly fantastical) story line into a realistic possibility. Passengers could consider the profession more complex that what it seems. This is a read that improved with each completed chapter.

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Dawnchick
Nov 16, 2018

Read it to the end because I found author's detail on flight attendant life to be pretty accurate. The drinking, however, was a little bit too exagerated & the bragging by the flight attendant to other co-workers wouldn't be accurate at all. Had the focus not been so centered on the alcoholism, even though it was the basis for Cassi's overall behavior, it really didn't add as much to the story as I think the author hoped it would. The ending got a little bit confusing as to the way Cassie ended up being an informant. Seems the book dragged on & the author sped it up to finally end it all. Just like some movies that never seem to be able to find a way to end & close the door.

daniellevk_0 Sep 13, 2018

I thought this book sounded interesting and I liked the plot. The beginning got my interest and started in a way that was somewhat suspenseful but I thought that the beginning and ending were the best parts of the book. The in between was slow and took me awhile to get through. The language of the author is good though and he knows how to write. It kept me wanting to find out what happens.

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llocas
Aug 18, 2018

I read it because I loved his other books. I was a bit disappointed, even though I read it to the end.

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Rachelc24
Aug 13, 2018

This is a not so very thrilling thriller. It starts off ok, but then just gets to long and predictable. Cassie the flighty flight attendant. She's a drunk, and is always drinking and she's pretty dumb, which is kind of sad. I like a strong female lead, not a hot mess of girl who has gotten herself in trouble all the time for drinking and sleeping around with men on her flights. She's not a likeable character.. I do admit at times I felt sorry for her, but that's about it.. The plot twist at the end.. I knew it.

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maryebarr
Aug 08, 2018

This is the first novel that I have read by this author. He gets good reviews because of his character development, and I agree with that. I think the author wrote the number of pages necessary for his publisher and then used the lazy method of an epilogue two years in the future to finish the book. The book was entertaining to read and had many thrilling moments, but left the story lines of minor characters completely unfinished. I also did not like his use of interview reports to further the plot.

I will probably read this author's books when I have a long flight and want something that keeps my attention. Kind of a thriller beach read.

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Marcley Apr 20, 2018
I agree with most of the other comments about this book. It was "Okay", Not "Page turning"
The main character, Cassie, a flight attendant, meets a gentleman on her flight to Dubai, has drinks, then goes to his room. She has an alcohol problem and her memory is Extremely clouded. She wakes up in the morning next to a dead body. The rest of the book is the mystery and finding out who killed him. It took me a couple weeks to finish this book, not a good sign that it's a good book.

scl_Cori Jul 09, 2018

I read this because everyone else was :)
It's not a life-changing novel but It's a good summer read. It didn't end like I assumed it would, and it kept me entertained. I'd recommend it for a beach read.

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amistein
Jun 12, 2018

Ami-Summer/read by end of 2018

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midori_hon
May 25, 2018

DNF - another unreliable, unlikable protagonist.
I went to an author reading just before the Flight Attendant was published and Chris Bohjalian couldn't have been more charming. For that reason I really wanted to enjoy this book but bogged down before things got rolling.

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jolashuk
May 25, 2018

Great book. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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filangie
May 24, 2018

The story really had my attention at the beginning and throughout.. but you just kept waiting for something to happen which never came. The parts from Elena's perspective were dry and overly lengthy. I skimmed through most of those chapters. Then, the ending didn't make a lot of sense either. It kind of just stopped and didn't really explain what happened.

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UnionvilleMama
May 21, 2018

Sigh... another book with a female lead who is an alcoholic.

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mjk236sb
Apr 21, 2018

This was not one of his most memorable books. The main character was not someone you could empathize with or even really care that she gets out of the trouble she finds herself caught up in during this story. Not a very likable character - and then a weird ending that made no sense at all.

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Marcley
Apr 20, 2018

I agree with most of the other comments about this book. It was "Okay", Not "Page turning"
The main character, Cassie, a flight attendant, meets a gentleman on her flight to Dubai, has drinks, then goes to his room. She has an alcohol problem and her memory is Extremely clouded. She wakes up in the morning next to a dead body. The rest of the book is the mystery and finding out who killed him. It took me a couple weeks to finish this book, not a good sign that it's a good book.

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jachayden
Apr 06, 2018

It was okay. I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it, but I wouldn't advise anyone not to read it. I definitely did not appreciate this novel, which was written by a man, displays the main female character as deeply flawed, unreliable, an alcoholic, and basically worth nothing more than her (aging, can't forget that she's aging!) body. The other female characters are personality-less, nagging, and revealed to be liars. On the flip side, all of the male characters are written as lovely, genuine, caring, smart, and capable heroes, despite the fact that they are all liars and spies too. Chris Bohjalian might want to get to know a woman, any woman, before he writes us all off as sluts and drunks. Completed 4/5/18.

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laphampeak
Mar 25, 2018

This author seems to dilute his novels as each comes out. The Flight Attendant is about a flight attendant who drinks and sleeps around - this time with the wrong man. Her fling has her waking up next to a dead body. She leaves the scene and it takes half the book to get this far. The characterizations are repetitive and the story weak. When I find myself skimming it spells trouble, not having a deep enough story or plot.


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