We started the first week of the New Year with snow, then blizzard like conditions on another day and a week of below freezing and sometime below zero temps. I was suffering from a serious case of cabin fever after a sinus infection kept me inside for over a week. We decided to venture out to lunch and a movie on one of the coldest, windiest days of the new year. We both had serious head and face pain from just walking to our car after the movies.
We saw Molly's Game, based on a true story, and we both loved it. Jessica Chasten is terrific.
(Overview) - MOLLY'S GAME is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.
I finished my first book of the new year, Chris Bohjalian's, The Flight Attendant (Doubleday, 2018).
Cassie Bowen is a flight attendant who has a history of drinking too much and sleeping with too many men. After one of her one night stands she wakes up in a hotel room in Dubai. Lying next to her in bed is Alex Sokolov, the hedge fund manager she became friendly with on a recent flight. Alex is dead, his throat slashed, a broken liquor bottle nearby. Cassie doesn't think she would be capable of killing anyone but, she remembers very little about what transpired. If she didn't kill Alex, who did?
Russian spies, international intrigue and a few twists along the way. The story seemed a bit far-fetched at times and, I really disliked the main character - drunk or sober.
I had high hopes for this book as I've read every book that this author has written. The author certainly did his research and while the premise was promising, overall I was somewhat disappointed.
Next up - My Absolute Darling; Gabriel Tallent, Riverhead 2017
How did your first week of the new year go?