Friday, January 17, 2014

The Pilot's Wife- Anita Shreve

Title: The Pilot's Wife
Author: Anita Shreve
Source: Borrowed from the library
Series: Standalone
Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Summary:
Gripping new fiction by the author of "The Weight of Water". Kathryn Lyons' life turns to chaos when her pilot husband is killed in a plane crash. As she struggles with her grief, Kathryn faces shocking revelations about the secrets a man can keep and the actions a woman is willing to take.

This is not a novel I would have necessarily picked for myself, but it was this month's book club book. The story starts with Kathryn waking up to a knock on the door and finding out that her husband has been killed. She is forced to face the fact that she did not know her husband as well as she thought.

Kathryn is a tough character to like. She is very closed off and hard to get to know. She is devoted to her daughter, Mattie and does everything she can to help her deal with the death of her father. The story brings flashbacks of Kathryn's life with Jack which reveals small details that start to leave doubts about how you feel about Jack. Kathryn seemed to know there was something not right with Jack, but she pretended he was a great husband. Jack left a trail of destruction after his death. Julie, Kathryn's grandmother took care of Mattie and Kathryn so well. She is the rock they both need and I really liked her a lot.

I thought the ending was interesting. As soon as the investigation started after the plane crash, I knew that something was not right with Jack. I was surprised how deep the lies and deception went and how accommodating characters were to the lies. This book was a super quick read, this was the first book I have read from Shreve and I really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to more books from her in the future.

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