Review: The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjahlian

Flight Attendant

This thriller by an author I adore was definitely engaging and intriguing. It follows Cassandra Bowden, a flight attendant with some personal problems and an addiction. She drinks too much and sleeps around, but lives her life on her terms. One morning, about to board a flight to Dubai, she wakes up in a hotel room with a murdered man. Instead of calling the police, Cassie freaks out and starts to lie to everyone about where she was, what she was doing, and most importantly, about what she is afraid she might have done.

The story flits back and forth between two points of view. It flits through Cassie’s point of view, but also another woman related to the happenings of the novel. The story is pretty quick paced, but be forewarned that Cassie will pretty much make you angry all the time. Of course, if she didn’t make so many bad choices, then it might be harder to make the story work. So, even though I found myself literally yelling at the main character at times, I was very invested in the story and seeing where it went and how it all came together.

Bohjahlian’s writing is always a pleasure for me and his straightforward style does very well here. He writes Cassie’s viewpoint very well, and her story arc is believable. He also writes the other point of view very well, and I would have loved a book all about the other character’s life as well. The action here is satisfying and it all comes together beautifully.

Overall, if you’re a fan of Chris Bohjahlian, you are highly likely to enjoy this book. I’ll admit it’s not my most favorite of his (I can’t decide which one is, but it’s not this one), but enjoyable and intriguing nonetheless. If you enjoy taut, well-written thrillers with unlikable protagonists, then this is right up your alley.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

More Information: Goodreads, Amazon, Chris Bohjahlian 

What mysteries and thrillers have you enjoyed lately? Let me know in the comments!

5 thoughts on “Review: The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjahlian

  1. Bohjalian is a new author to me, but thriller is a genre I don’t particularly enjoy. It’s always great to learn of my fellow blogger’s favorite authors, however. As you’re familiar with his works, did you figure it out before the end or did this keep you guessing?


    1. I figured a lot out before the end, but not all of it. I would also recommend looking at Bohjahlian’s other works. They aren’t all really thrillers–he writes a lot of very different books. They usually have a mystery aspect, but one of his most popular is Midwives, which is about a woman who delivers a baby under extenuating circumstances and is accused of killing the mother in the process. It follows her trial through her daughter’s eyes. He’s also written a spooky story about twins–and a historical mystery type book I really liked, so his books are very different from each other.

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      1. Hmmm. The one I really remember enjoying was The Light in the Ruins, which is historical fiction. I also liked Skeletons at the Feast, and The Double Bind is very interesting (but there are some trigger warnings for sexual assault as I recall).

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