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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Abacus (2001)
  • ISBN-10: 0349114765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349114767
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (913 customer reviews)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Alther on June 26 2004
Format: Paperback
This would have been a better book if the protagonist (the pilot's wife) wasn't so unbelievably stupid. She and her husband essentially lead separate lives, for years. This is because of his job as a pilot (supposedly). She just goes with the flow and never stops to think if things should really be THAT separate. So....She is easily deceived on a consistent basis, and for a long period of time...yet was totally surprised when the truth was revealed after her husband dies. Real, average women aren't that stupid.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "cielo76" on June 24 2004
Format: Paperback
While reading Shreve's work, I felt as if I was watching a bad made-for-TV-movie. The plot is quite trite and the prose a bore. It is a quick read, though, for anyone who has bought this book, it should be regarded as a sunk cost and quickly cast aside.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 3 2004
Format: Paperback
The Pilot's Wife is an insightful tale of loss and betrayal. As the story opens, Kathryn, a pilot's wife, has been told that her husband's plane has crashed and there are no survivors. We follow Kathryn into the numbing, silent, surreal world known to those who suffer loss. Memories of her happy marriage engulf her and paralyze her, but she begins to cope with the help of a kind man from the pilot's union. In the second half of the book, Kathryn pieces together clues left by her husband that lead to shocking revelations about him, and eventually, the healing process begins.
The first half of the book was an accurate picture of one in the grieving process; unfortunately, it was too long and became somewhat tedious. The second half, however, was very exciting, and I could hardly turn the pages fast enough to see what would happen next. The climax is quite satisfying and made me glad I stuck with it and finished the book.
The Pilot's Wife would make an excellent movie, with lots of romance, tragedy and intrigue. If you like stories that are full of surprises, you'll enjoy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Folsom on Jan. 22 2004
Format: Paperback
A commercial airliner mysteriously blows up off the coast of Ireland. The doomed pilot's wife, Kathryn, discovers that Jack has a 'wife'(Muire) in Britain and has fathered two young children through their union. Although Jack never goes to church with Kathryn, with Muire he's a dedicated, church-going Roman Catholic. So far, so good. What I cannot accept and find absolutely preposterous is that a commercial pilot would merely pick up a bag to take on his aircraft without first inspecting the contents. That Kathryn's new love interest, Robert, is part of the investigation is also a stretch. But, this is a chick book and doesn't require any deep thinking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "o9mmgirl" on Aug. 23 2002
Format: Paperback
I was given this book as a Christmas gift from a woman who does watch Oprah. (I don't.) I was skeptical, but I love to read and don't mind taking recommendations. What a waste of a couple of hours this book was. The writing was flat, the characters were practically devoid of any realistic emotion, and the plot was so predictable I was just waiting for the "revelation" to come through so I could get it over with to see how Shreve dealt with it. I found the writing to be subpar and lifeless. I didn't care about this book, the characters or the author. That'll teach me to read ANYthing Oprah recommends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lily on July 20 2003
Format: Hardcover
A friend gave me this book, upon throwing it away. Now I know why. The writing is average; and the subject matter is too "womanly." I'm not knocking books about women by women, but this ain't no "God of Small Things" by Arundhati Roy. There is something very tedious about the protagonist in this book. One reviewer said this book was like a movie off of Lifetime. That can't be good. Another reviewer said that the most interesting character in this book is the husband, and he's dead! I nearly fell off my chair laughing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22 2002
Format: Paperback
After reading and loving "Fortune's Rocks" by Shreve and knowing it was given the stamp of approval by Oprah, I began "The Pilot's Wife" prepared to settle down with a good, solid, interesting book. IT STUNK! This is, perhaps, one of the most boring books I have ever read - right up there with the Pulitzer Prize winning "A Death in the Family". I didn't care about any of the characters in this book - I was too busy wishing it would either get better or end. It never got better. Fortunately, it ended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27 2002
Format: Paperback
Well this was CERTAINLY a disappointment. This is the first book I have read that was recommended by the now defunct "you know who's" Book Club. There was no believeable character development thus no empathy ensued for the book's characters. And to boot, there were improbable situations and reactions by all characters in the book. I slogged through the book as I am recovering from surgery. I'd have been better off napping. Perhaps her other books are better?
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