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    Good Story, Awful Character

    Cassandra Bowden is a highly functioning alcoholic. She is a veteran flight attendant, and works international routes. She drinks to the point of blacking out, which I now understand is different from passing out. One morning in Dubai, she awakens next to a dead man, with spotty memories of what happened the night before. While I read the book and finished it just to see what would happen, I never really felt all that invested in the story. Cassie’s entire life centers around drinking to excess and one-night stands. Same thing, day after day, from one country to the next. She rationalizes her drinking and, even after waking up next to a corpse, all she thinks about is drinking and picking up men. I’m thinking that would have changed my perspective a bit, so I found it hard to relate to her. The book seemed to plod along, and at the end it picked up the pace and there were a few twists I didn’t see coming, but it felt rushed. I liked the writing style, but the characters and the storyline were disappointing.
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    A suspenseful story

    Cassandra Bowden's life is a wreck; she's an alcoholic with little self-control who sleeps with different men, both at home and on overnights while working as a flight attendant. While on a flight to Dubai, she befriends a male passenger and has a rendezvous with him that night; when she awakens she finds him dead in bed beside her. This event sends her life into a tailspin, eventually leading to a surprising conclusion. "The Flight Attendant" is an absorbing read from beginning to end, but I found none of the characters particularly likeable. I was struck too by the many stupid mistakes Cassandra made - both before and after the Dubai incident. While I enjoyed the book, I did not find the ending particularly satisfying. I would have given it four stars were it not for the ending.
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    Loved It!

    Again, another great read from CHRIS BOHJALIAN The characters are fascinating and the twists and turns of the story kept me from vetting out of the book chair for most of the day. I didnt see the conclusion coming
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    Long and tedious

    I finished the book mainly because I paid for it. All in all, the synopsis sounded interesting but the book did not live up to my expectations. Cassie,bathe main character is a sorry excuse for a human being who drinks too much and lie about everything on top of being a petty thief. Anyway, the 3 stars are mainly because the author spent time researching his facts.
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    Well-done Thriller

    Imagine waking up in a bed that's full of blood - and a murder victim. That's what happens to flight attendant Cassandra Bowden. She's almost sure she didn't commit the murder - and couldn't be capable of it. Then again, she's a black-out drunk so it's hard to convince herself 100%. I've seen reviews that say this isn't Bohjalian's best work - if that's the case, I very much look forward to reading more from him - I read The Sleepwalker and now this one, and very much enjoyed both. Good pacing, interesting characters, surprises - an excellent read overall. Thanks to Netgalley and Doubleday for providing a copy for an unbiased review.
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