The Pilot's Wife

The Pilot's Wife

by Anita Shreve
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The Pilot's Wife 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 277 reviews.
MLH87 More than 1 year ago
This book got me hooked from the first page. It is the kind of book that you don't want to put down. The story is very emotional and dramatic, really pulling you in to the story. I have a tendency to guess the endings of books before they happen, but this one actually surprised me! I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good not great. A little disappointed. It just took too long to get into the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very good!
kirstenh More than 1 year ago
I had to stop reading this book even though I am such a huge fan of Anita Shreve. The book was slow and very depressing. This is one I would not recommend to others to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so mesmerized reading this book, I completely lost track of time. I read it in one afternoon. It was so beautifully written. The agony, the grief and the betrayal that Kathryn and her family felt was so vividly portrayed, that I found myself immersed in their grief. How one selfish man could lead a dangerous infused double life and not foresee the terrible consequences to both families he professed to love. It seems that his love was stronger towards his second wife than Kathryn. I felt for her and was glad Robert was there to help her heal. I hope readers will love this book as much as I did. Maybe this author will write a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an okay book-seemed predictable, not a must read!
TammyR More than 1 year ago
I like others thought this was a good idea but I also found it very predictable. They definitely could have added drama. I was waiting for it but it never really came. I found the characters pretty dull and lacking personality. Its a shame because this could have been a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shreve's book began well, but as I began reading further and further into the book I became disappointed. The beginning was full of substance, but the end lacked any sort of such thing. By novel's end I was left bored, and uninterested. While Shreve started off very descriptive from the crash to the memories of Jack she recapped, I felt her discovery into finding Jack's other wife and family less descriptive. I also felt she may have inserted too many memories. Perhaps instead of inserting so many old memories of Jack, Shreve should have concentrated more on the feelings and emotions of Kathryn and Mattie. Needless to say, I felt much emotional and in contact with the character's at the novel's beginning than I did by novels end. In the end I was merely left with a book in my hand nothing more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shreve¿s book began well, but as I began reading further and further into the book I became disappointed. The beginning was full of substance, but the end lacked any sort of such thing. By novel¿s end I was left bored, and uninterested. While Shreve started off very descriptive from the crash to the memories of Jack she recapped, I felt her discovery into finding Jack¿s other wife and family less descriptive. I also felt she may have inserted too many memories. Perhaps instead of inserting so many old memories of Jack, Shreve should have concentrated more on the feelings and emotions of Kathryn and Mattie. Needless to say I felt much more emotional and in contact with the character¿s at the novel¿s beginning than I did by novels end. In the end I was merely left with a book in my hand and nothing more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait to finish this book because I was so bored with it. It was a good idea but I wish it would have been better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Pilots wife begins with a very intriguing premise, how well do you know the man you married? It promises a great mystery will be unraveled. The book starts with a bang and ends with a whimper. I felt like Shreve was getting bored with her own story and did a mundane job of wrapping up the details just to get it over with. It certainly did not have the shocking suprise ending that the reader has been set up to expect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thought it took too long for the 'revelations' to start.The premise was a good one, but maybe more could've been done with it. Jack was a jerk!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interesting idea, but not enough depth. There were times when I was really interested, but at the end, it seemed to fall apart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first Shreve book. I found the beginning interesting, but it lost something along the way. The ending was also very dissapointing. I'm glad the copy I had was borrowed and not purchased. I'd have been upset that I wasted my money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I listened to the audio tape while on a long road trip. I thought the premise had potential. The idea that a new widow would get involved romantically so soon after her husband was killed was unrealistic. The fast that Jack's mother was not contacted by Katherine or Maddie was very disappointing. The idea that Muire ended up in prison was too pat and then not to know what happened to her children was also dissappointing. The ending was very weak.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is chock full of references and sub story lines that go nowhere (daughter's relationships, findings at the flat, the existence of the pilot's mother) - all of which fall completely flat and do not contribute to the overall story. Most baffling, however, is the inconsistent description of the pilot (wonderful, yet he throws a computer down the stairs ??). The author also makes numerous references to bad personal hygiene (dirty feet, unwashed jeans, stale breath, smell of unlaundered clothes, etc.), but the reason for same was completely lost on this reader. Additionally,references to information that does not contribute to the story (the pilot did not dress well, the way the grandmother dresses,) are referenced multiple times, but the reason for same are absent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had expected a great deal from this book, after hearing so much about it, and the fact that it was on oprah's book list. but I trudged through the reading, and had to force myself to finally finish it... a great disappointment!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed in this book. The further I read, the more down-hill it went. The plot could be described as a far-fetched Lifetime Movie for women, which finally unfolded at the very end of the book. I didn't grown attached to any of the characters, in fact, I was very annoyed and didn't have respect for any of them. When all of the IRA business unfolded at the very end, I was just saying to myself, 'Okay, let's get this book overwith already!' If you like this type of plot, read Mrs.Kimble by Jennifer Haigh. THAT is a book that is done right!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay.....I can buy that a commercial airliner blows up off the coast of Ireland. I can buy the notion that Jack has a 'wife' in Britain and has fathered two young children through their union. I can even accept the notion that with Kathryn he never goes to church, but with Muire he's a dedicated, church-going Roman Catholic. What I cannot accept and find absolutely preposterous is that a commercial pilot would merely pick a bag to take on his aircraft without first inspecting the contents. That Robert is part of the investigation is also a stretch. But, this is a chick book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book to read if you are not seeking a heavy plot. A gieving wife struggles to overcome her husbands death for about two hundred pages which is supposed to be over the course of four days . I mean, how much grieving can we read about. Boring!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book and could not put it down, but the ending left me thinking - you've got to be kidding me! The book had so much potential, but the 'twist' was horrible! When I was done reading this book, all I could think was - wow, what a waste of time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a very well written book up until the end. I didn't put the book down. It had my attention and I hoped for a good ending. It seemed to me though that something was missing. I thought with how wonderfully the book started out and how well written it was, that more could have been put into the end and the story would have been 100 times better if the author would have taken it a step or two farther. I hate it when I read or watch something that had great potential but didn't turn out at all the way I thought it could of. LOL. Maybe thats just me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Um . . . ok. Usually I dont regret reading a book, even if i didn't think it was that great, but I spent most of the time trying to guess when the plot would move beyond the endless greiving of this widow. It's hard to get into a book that doesn't make any attempt to amuse. Snooz and a half on this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite this book being highly recommended I have to say I was disappointed. At least a third of the book is dedicated to the emotions and feelings encountered by a new widow. The book begins with the knock on the door. Any wife who lives with the fear of this either because of her husband¿s line of work or thinks the traffic too hazardous should not read this book. I think it is worse than the real thing. This novel is too slow for me there is a promise of a bit of excitement towards the end but that didn¿t work for me either.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't like the book. When characters do not have at least one friend or neighbor to talk to about anything are phony. I love Oprah - but she mad a big error on this one. It almost made me laugh - and it's no comedy!