Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve

Kathryn is woken in the middle of the night to a knock on the door and her worst nightmare. Her husband Jack is a pilot for an airline jointly owned in the USA and England and his plane has just gone down. They don't believe there are any survivors. Robert from the pilot's union is there to guide Kathryn through the grief and answer the phones for her. Katheryn knows she needs to break the news to her teenage daughter Mattie and knows how much it will hurt her.

The next day, a rumor leaks that there was a bomb on board, and it was in Jack's bag. Suicide is what they are calling it. This destroys Mattie and makes no sense to Katheryn. She starts questioning past interactions she had with Jack to see if there are any clues there. Pulling out receipts from Jack's pants he last wore reveals some vague clues and Katheryn starts piecing them together to learn that there's a lot about Jack that she didn't know.

This book seemed to coast along on a wave of grief and mourning until the last quarter where there were a few plot twists. It seemed a bit unbalanced because of this. The other part of the book that bothered me was Robert. The two seemed to be flirting right after Katheryn found out about Jack and it didn't sit right with me. How many people would act that way after finding out their husband is dead?

This wasn't my favourite book, but it was ok. Better than some other Oprah books I've picked up!

First Line: "She heard a knocking, and then a dog barking."


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