Okay, I finished my first book of 2009 (yeah, I know it's not technically 2009 yet, but it is somewhere in the world.) I picked up this book almost a year ago at a library book sale and just haven't had the urge to read it. The Pilot's Wife is an "Oprah Book Club" pick and that turned me off right there...sorry, but I'm no fan of Oprah. Plus, it's one of those books that goes backwards...you know what happened, the pilot crashed and died, now you just unravel the little mystery behind it. I'm not really a fan of those books, either. But nonetheless I read this in about 3 days. It was a tad predictable but a good read. I think what drew me in most was the characters...they are nicely fleshed out and believable. I would say this is a good summer read, a vacation read maybe. It is very well written, and I am tempted to seek out some other books by Anita Shreve. There is a made for t.v. movie based on the book, but I doubt I'll ever see it. One book down, 49 to go!!