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3.8 out of 5 stars
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3.8 out of 5 stars
The Pilot's Wife
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on 3 March 2017
Brilliantly written, couldn't put it down. Would definitely recommend. Thank you Anita Shreve!
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on 21 March 2017
A very good read.
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on 14 August 2017
Excellent read - full of twists and turns and beautifully written.
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on 5 October 2017
Original, easy to read and with a surprising twist
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on 19 April 2017
Good book
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on 22 September 2003
I've read several of Anita Shreve's novels and they have all been superb, this one being no exception. The story centres upon Kathryn and Mattie, the wife and daughter of Jack, an airline pilot whose plane crashes over the sea. The author deals empathetically with Kathryn and Mattie's shock and subsequent coming-to-terms with the dreadful reality of the situation. However, Kathryn is to discover that her husband was not all that he seemed to be and that he had been leading a double life - a life that he may have been planning to leave Kathryn for. As the questions are asked and the Press descend, Kathryn looks back upon her marriage and is forced to make some honest admissions. Robert, sent from her husband's airline, is there to help Kathryn through the worst of the times, but is he too keeping secrets from her? Anita Shreve writes with such simplicity and yet so much understated intrigue, that she kept me reading from the very first page. Her attention to detail (often seeming so insignificant to the story) often had me thinking out loud, "That's so true!". As with all the author's novels, you have to read on to discover whether there will be a happy ending. Superb!
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on 23 June 2017
Absolutely loved the first 2/3 of this book; the descriptions, the raw grief, the characterisation, and the gradual unravelling of the truth. Then, sadly, it all feel apart and the 'truth' was both disappointing and extremely unlikely. The final chapter is one of the worst I've ever read, and the closing sentence made me regret that I'd devoted my spare time to reading the book. 5/5 for the first 250 pages; 0/5 for the last 50. A shame, because it could have been so much more.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 20 September 2001
This is a beautifully written novel about a happily married woman, Kathryn Lyons, whose husband, Jack, is an airlines pilot. They have a teen age daughter named Mattie. They live in Kathryn's childhood home in Ely, New Hampshire. For sixteen years, life has been good. Then her husband goes down with his plane, just ten miles off the coast of Ireland, and ever so slowly the very fabric of their life together unravels.
The media frenzy, surrounding the explosion of the plane that her husband was piloting, brings to light the inescapable fact that her husband had been, unbeknownst to her, leading a double life, a life that had not included her or their daughter, but had, most emphatically, excluded them. This is a story of Kathryn's navigation of the emotional roller coaster that was to become her life, as she is thrust into a maelstrom of grief and disbelief, struggling to reconcile her memory of the man she thought she knew, with the reality of who he now appeared to have been.
This is a remarkable book, written in clean, spare prose that underscores some of the very emotion laden issues with which it grapples. At times infinitely sad and poignant, it is a story of betrayal and splintered memories. It is a very absorbing, skillfully told tale of adultery that will hold the reader in its thrall.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 21 November 2002
This is a beautifully written novel about a happily married woman, Kathryn Lyons, whose husband, Jack, is an airlines pilot. They have a teenage daughter named Mattie. They live in her lovely childhood home in Ely, New Hampshire. For sixteen years life has been good. Then her husband goes down with his plane, just ten miles off the coast of Ireland, and ever so slowly the very fabric of their life together unravels.
The media frenzy surrounding the explosion of the plane that her husband was piloting, brings to light the plain fact that her husband had been, unbeknownst to her, leading a double life, a life that had not included her or their daughter, but had, most emphatically, excluded them. This is a story of Kathryn's navigation of the emotional roller coaster that was to become her life, as she is thrust into a maelstrom of grief and disbelief, as she struggles to reconcile her memory of the man she thought she knew, with the reality of who he now appeared to have been.
This is a remarkable book, written in clean spare prose, that underscores some of the very emotion laden issues with which it grapples. At times infinitely sad and poignant, it is a story of betrayal and splintered memories. A very absorbing, skillfully told tale of adultery that will hold the reader in its thrall
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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 13 January 2003
This is a beautifully written novel about a happily married woman, Kathryn Lyons, whose husband, Jack, is an airline pilot. They have a teenage daughter named Mattie. They live in her lovely childhood home in Ely, New Hampshire. For sixteen years life has been good. Then her husband goes down with his plane, just ten miles off the coast of Ireland, and ever so slowly the very fabric of their life together unravels.
The media frenzy, surrounding the explosion of the plane that her husband was piloting, brings to light the plain fact that her husband had been, unbeknownst to her, leading a double life, a life that had not included her or their daughter, but had, most emphatically, excluded them. This is a story of Kathryn's navigation of the emotional roller coaster that was to become her life. She is thrust into a maelstrom of grief and disbelief, as she struggles to reconcile her memory of the man she thought she knew, with the reality of who he now appeared to have been.
This is a remarkable book, written in clean spare prose that underscores some of the very emotion laden issues with which it grapples. At times infinitely sad and poignant, it is a story of betrayal and splintered memories, as well as a very absorbing, skillfully told tale of adultery that will hold the reader in its thrall.
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