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The flight attendant : a novel
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When she's traveling, Bohjalian's eponymous flight attendant Cassandra Bowden routinely gets black-out drunk, sleeps with a stranger, and steals trinkets to give as gifts. When she wakes up in a Dubai hotel next to a nearly decapitated one-night stand, she is not sure if she killed him or not. Cassandra is not a particularly agreeable character; in fact, she may be one of the most ignorant in the murder mystery field, doing almost everything possible to incriminate herself as she seeks solace in her usual patterns and can't keep her mouth shut. Fortunately, listeners know the truth of the events of that night well before she does, and it is in that dual plotting that Bohjalian manages to create some suspense. However, the ending is too contrived to be very believable. Erin Spencer, Grace Experience, and Mark Deakins provide balanced narration. The author is known for writing novels that cause his readers to think about social and historical issues, but this entry into thriller territory is disappointing. Verdict Regular fans of Bohjalian are used to far better from him. ["Readers who enjoyed the imperfect heroine in...The Girl on the Train and the anxiety-ridden paranoia of...Crime and Punishment will be hooked by...Cassie's struggle to untangle her life and regain her self-respect": LJ 12/17 starred review of the Doubleday hc.]-Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
Blackout drunk Cassie Bowden is used to waking up in strangers' beds, but what she discovers one morning in a sumptuous Dubai hotel suite is instantly sobering-blood-soaked sheets and the dead body of the handsome American hedge fund manager she met on her flight over. Even worse for Cassie, the assassin who executed him already regrets sparing the passed-out flight attendant. It's a killer set-up, and Bohjalian (The Sleepwalker) initially maximizes the dual plot lines: Cassie, flying on primal survival instinct, tries to stonewall investigators, testing the truth of the maxim that God looks out for fools and drunkards; hit woman Elena methodically closes in for the kill. Bohjalian's less successful in avoiding clichés or in making an espionage subplot plausible. Then, with about 50 pages to go it's as though the bell has rung for the final lap, with the author unceremoniously detonating a plot bombshell that triggers the frenetic, exciting, but not especially convincing sprint to the finish. Bohjalian's fans will still have fun. Agent: Jane Gelfman, Gelfman Schneider/ICM Partners (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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