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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.
Her search leads her not only to some answers, but to a realization - that the possibility is slim of ever fully knowing those we love, even those we love the most. -- BookPage, Laura Wexler, May 1998
Slooooooowww start. And throughout the entire book. All throughout the book I felt there was going to be a twist or something (anything) to make the story more interesting.... Read morePublished 7 days ago by lv2tumble13
Great reading. Not sure I liked the open ending, but it lets the reader imagine a conclusion(s).Published 8 days ago by joellen linkenback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The beginning was disappointing but that is real life. The twist at the end was surprising but welcomed and ended good. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Betty A Neff
Hard to get into. Much ado about nothing. Long winded. Didn't like the voice of the book. Hard to believe security is that lenient on pilots.Published 1 month ago by khale
I found this book only average and I'm not clear on why so many people love it. Its not life-changing or profound like some of the great novels out there (i.e. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wiwse