Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Review: The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve

Title: The Pilot's Wife
Author: Anita Shreve
Pages: 292
Publisher: Back Bay Books
ISBN: 0316601950
News of Jack Lyons's fatal crash sends his wife into shock and emotional numbness:Kathryn wished she could manage a coma. Instead, it seemed that quite the opposite had happened: She felt herself to be inside of a private weather system, one in which she was continuously tossed and buffeted by bits of news and information, sometimes chilled by thoughts of what lay immediately ahead, thawed by the kindness of others...frequently drenched by memories that seemed to have no regard for circumstance or place, and then subjected to the nearly intolerable heat of reporters, photographers and curious onlookers. It was a weather system with no logic, she had decided, no pattern, no progression, no form.The situation becomes even more dire when the plane's black box is recovered, pinning responsibility for the crash on Jack. In an attempt to clear his name, Kathryn searches for any and all clues to the hours before the flight. Yet each discovery forces her to realise that she didn't know her husband of 16 years at all. Shreve's complex and highly convincing treatment of Kathryn's dilemma, coupled with intriguing minor characters and an expertly paced plot, makes The Pilot's Wife really takes off.

Kathrym had the perfect life. A hard working husband and a good daughter.Then one day, her world fell to pieces as she received the news of her husband dying in a plane crash. As she tried to overcome the grief of losing her husband and keeping her sanity for the sake of her family - things started to unravel and she realize that there are a lot of things that she doesn't know about her husband. 

I started reading The Pilot's wife but as soon as I read through the first few pages, I lost interest in the book. Don't get me wrong, the story is intriguing and it was beautifully written but it wasn't as appealing as it should be. Honestly, the reason why I picked up this book was because it was Oprah's Book Club choice - that really got my attention so I was all excited on reading it but unfortunately nothing got my attention. Even the characters didn't stand out. The idea of finding out that your husband lead a double life was catching - yet at the end the author failed to deliver what she wanted for the readers to enjoy. The story was so slow then it quickened at the last 3 chapters. The mystery in the story is about the husband having an affair, well actually married his coworker and spent most of their life in England, and that for me is not a mystery at all. Definitely a chick lit - something that you can read to pass time but don't get too excited about it. 


  1. Aw, boo. I hate when you look forward to a book and it disappoints. Sorry! Hope your next read is a great one!

  2. I agree! When I picked up this book, it looked so promising but then halfway through I almost stopped reading. :( Hate it when that happens


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