Monday, April 23, 2018

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian Review

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The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian takes the unreliable narrator trope and does something completely new and surprising. Cassandra Bowden is a flight attendant and an alcoholic. Blackouts & hook ups with strangers are a normal occurrence in her life, The book starts with Cassie waking up in a hotel room that is not hers, with a man she recognizes from first class on her flight to Dubai the night before. Just one thing...he's dead and she doesn't remember the night before. 

This kicks off a twisty plot, full of suspense and enough empathy for you to feel for Cassie while also completely loathing her choices. She lies to the police, the FBI, her sister, her coworkers. And trying to figure out the big question of if she didn't kill this guy, then who did and are they coming for her? 

The unreliable narrator has become the new big thing since Gone Girl exploded a few years ago. Inevitably, any book with a reliable narrator is compared to Gone Girl, just like any dystopian with a female main character is compared to The Hunger Games. The Flight Attendant takes this person who is self destructive to the extreme, who has a good heart and good intentions, but inevitably turns back to alcohol and one night stands. It's so easy to take a novel in the genre and just follow the same old touch points, but this book completely surprised me. I was hooked from the beginning and could not wait to see how the plot was resolved. I'm still thinking about it months later. 

I read a lot of thrillers (sue me, I'm a true crime nerd so this is right up my alley fiction-wise) and this is one that really stands out in the genre. It goes places I didn't expect and kept me hooked for an entire day (I literally could not put it down). Definitely snag a copy ASAP and thank me later. 

*A copy of this book was provided to me for free by the publisher. It did not influence my review. Thank you Doubleday!*

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

April Book Club

Ok real talk. Blog stuff took a huge back seat of me the past few months. I was so focused on my impending wedding and all those last minute details, I let the blog suffer. Jen has me do the planning and she never once complained when we weren't putting out any content, and honestly I think this short break was for the best. I feel inspired again and can't wait to bring you some new content on a more regularly scheduled basis. Sometimes life makes you take a step back and things kind of just work themselves out. Now back to your (late) blog post! 

Even though April is halfway through, there's still time to read the book club pick this month! Jen was about to start this in March and I begged her to wait for April so I could read it for book club with her. Our pick is Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller. Hopefully you join in and meet us back here to discuss soon! 

What's it about? 
Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.