Chris Bohjalian’s The Flight Attendant is a book everyone who travels needs to read – maybe just not while you are on a plane. If you’ve read any of Bohjalian’s books, you know his stories are compelling page turners, full of intrigue and twisting plot lines – this one is no exception.
Cassie is the well-preseved middle-aged flight attendant for first class international flights with a trailer park background morphed into a sleek attractive boozy lifestyle. She meets Alex in seat 2C and the ride begins. I won’t tell you much about the story – you need to read it yourself and enjoy the many twists and anticipate who will do what and where, but to tempt you – this is a thrilling chase with murder and espionage and those fearful Russians. You will constantly question who is the unreliable narrator and probably be surprised at the ending. Maureen Corrigan has an excellent review for the Washington Post, if you want more details – Book Review.
As an added treat, Bohjalian referenced a number of authors I wanted to find. I actually stopped mid-chapter to find the Italian philosopher Carlo Levi’s essay on “Humanism,” and then found myself googling other philosophers.
Others mentioned in his acknowledgments – his research for the story – are now on my list to read:
- Sarah Heploa’s Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget (page 214)
- Heather Poole’s Cruising Altitude
- Patrick Smith’s Ask the Pilot
- Richard Whittle’s Predator (a history of drones)