Sacred Reads: The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian
At the time of writing, there is a light, but steady drizzle rolling down the windows which is a great excuse to retreat with a glass of something Sacred and a good book - and what could be better than a thriller featuring Sacred!
The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian is a fast-paced, intricately plotted murder mystery about Cassie, a flight attendant who works hard and parties hard - so hard that she considers blackouts from excessive drinking to be an inescapable part of her chaotic lifestyle. Despite this, she manages to keep everything roughly together until one morning she wakes up in Dubai to find her, er, companion from the previous evening - a passenger she met on her flight earlier that day - lying beside her with his throat slit! And thanks to one of those humdrum, here-we-go-again blackouts, Cassie has no idea whether she is responsible or not for the murder! That was clearly quite a session!
But say what you like about Cassie, there's no denying she has great, nay, amazing! - taste. Several days later when she is out at a Chinese restaurant and on the wagon - not because she has vowed never to touch another drop in her life, as most sane people would have done after waking up next to a corpse and absolutely no recollection of the evening before, but because she promised never to drink in front of her young nephew and niece - what she craves is none other than Sacred Gin!
Now, at this point, I must make it absolutely clear that Sacred Spirits encourages responsible drinking and in no way condones Cassie's behaviour - drink less and drink better, we chorus! We are, however, understandably, very excited to be mentioned in a book that is not only written by a New York Times bestselling author but has also been made into a television series by HBO Max!
The Flight Attendant is a very enjoyable page-turner - and the great thing about reading and drinking is that if, by the time you read this, the rain has stopped and the sun is shining, you can still enjoy a book and a drink. Cheers! But do drink responsibly.