Thursday, June 28, 2018

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings

It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.
Today I'm featuring The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian.  The excerpts shared are from the hardcover version I borrowed from the library.
 The Flight Attendant 

Beginning:   Part One

She was aware first of the scent of the hotel shampoo, a Middle Eastern aroma reminiscent of anise, and then—when she opened her eyes—the way the light from the window was different from the light in the rooms in the hotel where the crew usually stayed. 

Page 56:  "At some point, that was the loose end that Cassie feared was going to trip her."

My thoughts:  The opening sentence suggests that flight attendant Cassie Bowden wakes to find herself in the wrong hotel, far from home.  That is the least of her worries, as she soon makes an even more startling discovery.

This is my current read, and I was drawn in immediately by the situation and the possibly unreliable narrator.

From Goodreads:  Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She's a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, already counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets. Afraid to call the police—she's a single woman alone in a hotel room far from home—Cassie begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies on the way to Paris as she works the first class cabin. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it's too late to come clean—or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. Could she have killed him? If not, who did?

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  1. Sounds like a fantastic read! I'm quite interested! Happy Canada day weekend! Happy early Independence day!

  2. I loved this book! I hope you are enjoying it. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  3. I have this on my audio list and am really looking forward to it! It sounds so good and I've taken a break from unreliable narrators for awhile and am ready to dive back in!

  4. Oh dear! What a situation! This week I am featuring Scandal Above Stairs by Jennifer Ashley. Happy reading!

  5. Love the sound of this!!! I've not read it but need it :)

    Here is mine:
    Today I am featuring a free book!
    Sassy x

  6. I've heard good things about this and I'd like to give it a try. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me