The Pilot’s Wife does NOT save the drama for its mama, lemme tell ya! DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA. Drama out the yin yang. Filled to the brim. Imagine that really juicy cat fight that happened your junior year of high school… got it? Now multiple that by 12,000. SO MUCH DRAMA. However, this is one of those rare books that not only gets you with the plot points, but is also well written. Go figure. Think if Gossip Girls had been written by J.K. Rowling. Dynamite. Also… LOL.
The Pilot’s Wife follows a wife’s journey after she learns that her husband, a pilot, has died in a plane crash. (It screams Oprah’s Book Club, because it is). Oh, but just you wait. It doesn’t stop there. This isn’t merely a fictionalized portrayal of the grief process, it’s juicy. Each page is filled with twists and turns, romance, betrayal, and anything and everything else emotionally exhausting. I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll stop now.
Why I Liked It:
1) Well Paced Suspense - Anita Shreve knows a thing or two about gripping a reader. Just when everything seems to be winding down… BAM! She hits you with another OMG. It’s like this the ENTIRE book. That’s a feat.
2) Realistic Emotions - The main character, Kathryn, experiences every emotion on the gamut. I liked that Shreve was able to capture these emotions through Kathryn’s reactions to events, descriptions of situations, and interactions with her family, rather than naming each shift. She describes and weaves through each feeling without concretely defining them, while still triggering empathy from readers.
I Didn’t Buy…
Some of the OMG moments. While some of the crazy twists are incredibly and devastatingly believable, I found that others were a stretch. Again, no spoilers here, but one of the last shockers revealed is sort of over the top. I thought she could have found a more plausible and relevant reason for the plane crash happening.
RATING: 3.5 stars. When I finished reading this book a few weeks ago I would have given it 4. Looking back, however, I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t a favorite. It’s well-crafted and entertaining in a heart-wrenching way, but not for everyone.
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