Wish You Were Here; Jodi Picoult
Ballantine Books and Penguin Random House Audio - 11/30/2021
Wish You Were Here is a story that begins just before COVID has shut down the world. Diane and Finn are a young couple living in NYC. Diana hasn't had the best childhood but, her life feels near perfect now. At 29 she works for Sothebys and Finn is a surgical resident at a New York hospital. The two have planned a romantic getaway to the Galapagos islands and, Diana is pretty sure the Finn is planning on asking her to marry him. Right before the couple is planning to leave, Finn gets word that all hands on deck are needed at the hospital and no one can take time off. He encourages Diana to take the trip alone since the trip is already paid for and non refundable. She decides to go alone (Big Mistake) and it isn't long before things go from bag to worse. I can't say too much more about this novel without spoiling it for perspective readers but, this just may be my favorite Picoult novel yet and, I've read all of her books except for her previous one.
I went into this one without reading reviews -- do yourself a favor and just go into this one blind - you will be glad you did. The story is told from Diana's POV with later input from Finn. The story is well-written, a perfect story set in COVID times that did not feel too depressing. It's a story about relationships, reassessing priorities and figuring out what is really important in life. I loved this book. The audio version was read by Marin Ireland who, as always, did a fabulous job.
Rating - 5/5 stars