The Flight Attendant

The Flight AttendantThe Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian
on January 1st 1970
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three-stars

Cassandra “Cassie” Bowden is a flight attendant and alcoholic. She binge drinks and is no stranger to black outs and one night stands. On a flight into Dubai she flirts with a man in the first class cabin and ends up spending the night with him. When she wakes up the next morning, she needs to remember where she is and hopes to slip quietly out of bed when she discovers the blood. A lot of blood, and quickly determines that the man she spent the night with is dead. Has she killed him? She doesn’t think so. She has done some crazy things when drunk but never anything violent. If she didn’t kill him. then who did? Could it be the woman they shared drinks with the previous night?

Freaking out, she cleans up the room and heads back to her Hotel to meet up with the flight crew. Hoping to cover her tracks, she lies to her friend on the crew. She lies to the FBI, she lies to her union but tells her attorney the truth – that she is a heavy drinker who does not know how or why the man died in bed next to her.

This book started out really strong for me. The premise is great : a woman wakes up next to dead man who has clearly been murdered. Why did the killer not kill the flight attendant as well? Initially the story really grabbed me and although it did keep my attention. There is also the part of the story where we learn about the killer, why she did not kill the flight attendant initially and her hunt for her after the fact. Somewhere along the path of this story it lost some of its UMP for me. It became a little flat. Cassie is not the most likable character and I found I really did not care what happened to her. Her attorney at one point even makes a comment about Cassie not having a rock bottom. The writing is good and this book started strong but lost me along the way.

I received a copy of this book from Doubleday Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

three-stars

The Sleepwalker

The SleepwalkerThe Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian
Published by Doubleday Books on January 10th 2017
Pages: 304
ISBN: 038553891X
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three-stars

I received this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Annalee goes missing one night. Leaving behind a ripped piece of her sleep shirt behing. Annalee is a sleepwalker (who also engages in sleep sex) and she tends to only leave the house when her huband is not around. When she goes missing, searches comb the woods by her home but most fear she may have walked, or fallen, into the Gale river.

Lianna, her oldest daughter is questioned by a Gavin, a police officer. An officer who has a past with her Mother. A police officer who wants to get to know Lianna better. As her father returns and mourns his wife, her younger sister Paige begins to swim in the river that is believed to have taken her Mother’s life in search for clues.

As Lianna begins to question people close to her Mother she begins to learn more about her Mother, Her Mother’s sleepwalking and the nature of the relationship the police officer had with her. Family secrets come out as does the truth about Her Mother’s whereabouts.

What really happened the night her Mother left the house? Who can be trusted? Who knows the truth?

The premise of this book was very interesting. I found the story to just be Meh. I almost did not give it 3 stars. The reason for 3 stars – the reveal at the end. I really did not care for any of the characters.The twist/reveal at the end is what saved this book for me. I did not pick up on the clues. I’m sure other readers may have. I have read other books by this Author and enjoyed them so much more than this book.

three-stars