The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve

The Pilot's Wife by Anita ShreveAfter her pilot husband’s plane blows up off the coast of Ireland, Kathryn discovers bit by bit how little she knew Jack Lyons. First, she faces a media frenzy when the flight recorder makes clear that Jack was carrying a bomb in his flight bag. Her illusions of a her so-called good marriage crumble, despite her belief in the love she and Jack had and the need to keep Jack’s memory pure for teenage daughter Mattie. As she navigates the dark days following her husband’s death, Kathryn increasingly feels compelled to come to grips with Jack’s hidden life.

What the Armchair Critics Thought:
While we found this book to be a real page-turner, none of us really felt that the story of Kathryn and her sorry marriage rang true. The confrontation with the other woman seemed too pat. We especially disliked the fact that Kathryn turns to the Union representative Richard at the story’s conclusion even after he has also betrayed her. We wondered where her other friends were? We thought that the descriptions of Kathryn’s initial grief and shock were well-written and believable. We felt that we would rather be the woman betrayed than the woman taking part in the lie. The Armchair Critics felt that this would be an excellent film.


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