Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Review: Anita SHREVE – “The Pilot’s Wife”

Publ: 1999
Pensby Library
ISBN: 978 0 349 11085 1
Genre: General fiction
Pages: 294p
Continuing to read Anita Shreve books
Rating: ***** ***

What led you to pick up this book?
Continuing to read Anita Shreve books

Describe the plot without giving anything away.
A pilot’s wife in New England receives a knock on the door in the middle of the night to tell her that her husband has been killed in an air crash. As the investigation takes place she struggles to help her daughter and at the same time cope with the rumours and bizarre stories that emerge concerning her husband.
“An excellent novel about the ultimate unknowability of those closest to us.” – Daily Telegraph

What did you think of the characters?

Well drawn and the emotions of the main participants were very real.

What did you think about the style?
This is the second Shreve novel i have read and the style of the two were quite different but I liked this one almost as much as Resistance.

What did you like most about the book?
The combination of suspense and the drawing of the characters.

Was there anything you didn't like about the book?

Yes, slightly but to mention it would spoil the ending.

Thoughts on the book jacket / cover.
One of a series of quite attractive jackets designed by Duncan Spilling.

Would I recommend it?

Anita SHREVE see Resistance


  1. good book one of better ones. SHe is quite diverse in her styles actually, after your reviewed Resistance I looked back and thought that.

  2. An enjoyable read The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and original, this book is going in by "to read" list.


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