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.
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.
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.
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.
Waiting to read a Chris Bohjalian novel is like waiting for Christmas morning!
The excitement, the anticipation, and in this case, the letdown.
Oh, as always, Mr. Bohjalian has delivered a good story, but I found the book just "okay".
An unlikeable heroine (she describes herself accurately as a "hot mess") finds herself in the midst of international intrigue, and responds by making one alcohol-infused dumb decision after another. The story does pick up half way through the book, and there is even some suspense at the end.
But a just "okay" book is not what I've come to expect from the brilliant mind of Chris Bohjalian.
Much to "wordy". The book could have been edited down to half as many pages and been a better read.
This is my first Chris Bohjalian novel and I found it to be a thrilling trip in the world of flight attendants and international intrigue. Cassie was an unreliable, but somewhat likable narrator. She did tend to make bad choices, but without there would not have been a story to tell. A cat-and-mouse game that held my attention to the unexpected conclusion.
Another flawed heroine. Well, if they weren't flawed, there wouldn't be much of a story! This one is taking off.
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