Book Reviews of The Pilot's Wife

The Pilot's Wife
The Pilot's Wife
Author: Anita Shreve
ISBN-13: 9780316788229
ISBN-10: 0316788228
Publication Date: 11/1/2001
Pages: 320
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 196 ratings
Publisher: Little, Brown
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
I thought this book was really well-written. The author definitely has the ability to draw you in and keep you there right away. The story was interesting.

I, too, felt compelled to keep reading, to find out what was going to happen next. But I also kept wishing it would be over. I guess that's a testament to the author's ability to give you that experience of "being there" and walking in the main character's shoes. My favorite part of the book was the last line.
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Helpful Score: 3
I absolutely loved this book! It's very eye-opening and will make you think about life in general.
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Helpful Score: 3
I loved this book. Read it in 2 days..only because sleep was necessary too. Carried it with me and read at every opportunity. I highy recommend it!
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Helpful Score: 2
Oprah Book Club® Selection, March 1999: With five novels to her credit, including the acclaimed The Weight of Water, Anita Shreve now offers a skillfully crafted exploration of the long reach of tragedy in The Pilot's Wife. 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 on-lookers. 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 realize 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 take off.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book explores the grieving of a woman who has lost her husband, a pilot, in a contraversal crash. While the world around her investigates wiether or not the crash was pilot error, mechanical, or even a suicide taking the passengers with, Kathryn (our main character) has to go through many more things than even that. Her young daughter is distraught and acting out, she is finding out about her husbands real character, and dealing with her own grief and emotions. And then, when it couldn't get any more dramatic, there is a startling twist.

Read it. It's a good one. Drama central. Crying and gasping.
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Helpful Score: 1
A real page-turner. Post 9-11, it feels a bit out-of-date, but not much.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very well written... material that could have been written like a soap opera was, instead, written in such an engaging way, I savored this book.
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A pilot's wife is taught to be prepared for the late-night knock at the door.When Kathryn Lyons receives word that a plane flown by her husband has exploded near the coast of Ireland, she confronts the unfathomable-one startling revelation at a time
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A great thriller about a plane crash, it's causes & the effects left on those still here.
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I couldn't put this book down once I started it!!
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When a pilot's wife receives word that a plane flown by her husband has exploded near the coast of Ireland, she and her daughter must confront the unfathomable - one startling revelation at a time.
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I read this book last year and really enjoyed it!
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A must read, and make sure you have a box of tissues. This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. A pilot's wife is taught to be prepared for the late-night knock at the door. But when Kathryn Lyons receives word that a plane flown by her husband has exploded near the coast of Ireland, she confronts the unfathomable--one startling revelation at a time
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Loved this book and could not put it down!
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And she didn't disappoint me there. Anita takes you on a journey through a woman's self-discovery as she struggles with her husband's death and the reality that she didn't know him like she thought she did. It is a portrayal of a strong woman who sets out to learn who her husband really was ~~ while at the same time working to protect her daughter and helping her through this trying time as well as exploring her self-realization.
It is a quick read as well as an engrossing one. Though the book doesn't stir up lots of debates like Oprah's other selections, the topic of adultery still hits too close to home. However, it is interesting to see how Kathryn deals with it during her grieving process and comes to the realization that none of us really know another person. This book may sound depressing, but it really isn't. You have to read between the lines to see that there is a gift of hope that Anita was trying to share with her readers as you grow along with Kathryn on her journey.
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A PILOT'S WIFE IS TAUGHT TO BE PREPARED FOR THE LATE NIGHT KNOCK AT THE DOOR.BUT WHEN KATHRYN LYONS RECIEVES WORD THAT A PLANE FLOWNS BY HER HUSBAND HAS EXPLORED NEAR THE COAST OF IRELAND,SHE CONFRONTED THE UNFAITHOMABLE ONE STARTLING REVALATION AT A TIME
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This is a very well written and entertaining book. It is the first book I have read by Anita Shreve and I will read more.
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A great story of someone who must pick up the pieces of her life after hearing her husband's plane has exploded,excellent book.
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What does the wife find out after her husband's plane crashes???
I liked this book. It's a good read.
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Even though I knew what was going to happen in this story, I couldn't put this book down.
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An aircrash, a dead husband, and the wife discovers a painful secret! A good read!
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Guys this is a book by and for women. Don't bother. The author ran out of airspeed and ideas about the sametime. The ending is lame and limps to a close.
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I thought it was a great book !
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the first Anita Shreve I read. I was hooked.
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great book.
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Good book, really sad though.
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A pilot's wife is prepared for that late night knock on her door...but when it happens, her life will never be the same.
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First book I have read by Anita Shreve and I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading more by her!
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Great book
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vEry good book