I should've added that, both The pilot's wife and Tenth circle were chosed for Oprah's book club .... that's why I made a connection in my thinking. I knew it wasn't Picoult, thanks for the real name of the author. Have to admit I haven't tried anything else by Shreve, I thought that book was her "genre" but I may be a little harsh in my judgement.
For now I'm anxiously awaiting the postman delivery of "The American Plague" by Molly Caldwell Crosby, about the Yellow Fever epidemic (main focus on Memphis in 1878) and the future and evolution of the virus. Looks very promising!!
"One never notices what has been done, one can only see what remains to be done" Marie Curie