A pilot’s wife is taught to be prepared for the late-night knock at the door. But when Kathryn Lyons receives word that a plan flown by her husband, Jack, has exploded near the coast of Ireland, she confronts the unfathomable-one startling revelation at a time. Soon drawn into a maelstrom of publicity fueled by rumors that Jack led a secret life, Kathryn sets out to learn who her husband really was, whatever that knowledge might cost. Her search propels this taut, impassioned novel as it movingly explores the question, How well can we ever really know another person?
First, I don’t know what the hell I was thinking when I bought this book. I’m sure if there was a miraculous way to go back, find my receipts from that day … I would also find a receipt for a 12 pack of Corona hours before buying this book. I AM TERRIFIED OF FLYING! (Don’t believe me, check out a previous post: You Fly, You Die) What on Earth made me say, “Hmm… a book about a plane crash. I’ll take it!” Seriously, there are parts that they are describing finding pieces of the plane and I was sweating so profusely you would have thought I just completed a triathlon.
That being said, other than me looking like I had some sort of perspiration disorder, I really enjoyed this book. It was one of those books that you’d be reading along and do a page count, and pow! You’ve read seventy pages in what felt like ten minutes. I was totally wrapped up in the story line. I had my suspicions of how elements of this story would sort itself out, and most of those came true.
At the end, I was sad because I wanted the story to go on and on. I wanted to see how Kathryn and her daughter would continue to put their life back together. I was a little taken aback by the end, which seemed to come abruptly … but as I said, this book flows right along. The end is one of those that give you a cliffhanger feeling and let’s you imagine what would happen next instead of blatantly telling you what the author thought. You know, like at the end of Castaway (another horrific plane crash scenario! GEEZ!), he delivers that package and then drives out to the end of the road, the movie ends and you’re saying “But, but, but….”. Or Gone With The Wind, when Rhett leaves and Scarlett wants him back. (Margaret Mitchell totally wanted those two to get back together. Those of you who think Rhett would have never gone back… shame on you.)
I think once I finish this mission, I will probably load up on some more books from Anita Shreve. Totally digging her writing.
Next book on the mission: Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay