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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
A poignant story that at times became too painful to read, The Pilot's Wife is more than a drama - it's a mystery, a love story, a hate story, and so much more. Kathryn knows what to expect when men come knocking on her door late at night. Her husband Jack's death hits her like a wall, but that is nothing compared to the second blow of a hinted-at second life. Still wounded by his death and struggling to find herself and the truth, Kathryn sets off to find out who her husband really was. In a very well written novel, Shreve helps you feel every nuance of Kathryn's emotional journey, and the imagery was stark and beautiful.
One of the biggest elements of the book was kind of a bleak cynicism about other people. It seems so easy for Jack to lead a separate life and to have possibly committed suicide and killed a ton of people. While the writing was detailed and beautiful in itself, the feeling and tone at the end is one of sadness. Anita Shreve really knows how to emote through her language.
Not sure if this is a criticism or praise, but you can definitely tell that this is an Anita Shreve book. She has a style, a flavor, and almost a formula that she sticks to and doesn't usually alter. Listening to the audio book was an unexpected surprise, as the narrator gave a very colorful and expressive detailing of the text. I enjoyed the cant and character changes very well and found that I fell into the story much more than usual with an Anita Shreve book.