Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Book Review: The Perfect Couple

Author: Elin Hilderbrand
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

From New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand, comes a novel about the many ways family can fill our lives with love...if they don't kill us first. 

It's Nantucket wedding season, also known as summer-the sight of a bride racing down Main Street is as common as the sun setting at Madaket Beach. The Otis-Winbury wedding promises to be an event to remember: the groom's wealthy parents have spared no expense to host a lavish ceremony at their oceanfront estate.

But it's going to be memorable for all the wrong reasons after tragedy strikes: a body is discovered in Nantucket Harbor just hours before the ceremony-and everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect. As Chief of Police Ed Kapenash interviews the bride, the groom, the groom's famous mystery-novelist mother, and even a member of his own family, he discovers that every wedding is a minefield-and no couple is perfect. Featuring beloved characters from The Castaways, Beautiful Day, and A Summer Affair, The Perfect Couple proves once again that Elin Hilderbrand is the queen of the summer beach read.

A summer wedding where the maid of honor is found dead?! Say no more – I’m there. Plus, this is Elin Hilderbrand’s first take at a murder mystery/thriller. Hilderbrand is the Queen of Summer Reads and now she wrote my favorite kind – a mystery. This mystery leans more towards contemporary drama, but it was still very satisfying and would be the perfect novel for the beach. I thought that it might be an easy mystery to solve. I was wrong. Completely wrong. It was a thrilling ride.

If you have read Hilderbrand before, you know that she loves writing in Nantucket. Her settings are always to die for, but I felt that this book had something more than so many of her others. There’s a lot of glitz and glamour in Elin’s descriptions. The d├ęcor, the scenery, the parties, and the descriptions of food are enough to make anyone want to see the shores of Nantucket for themselves.

This wedding, this union of two families on the most festive of summer weekends, is clearly something that’s meant to be.

A phone call before six on a Saturday morning is never a good thing, although it’s not unheard of on a holiday weekend. 

All she had to do was make it through the next three days.

The things parents do for their children!

This book is told through multiple viewpoints and has flashbacks as well as present day scenarios. I was so intrigued from page one. I love Hilderbrand’s characters; she can always make me feel invested in their lives. Each of them face different struggles and trying times, on top of dealing with a dead body on the day of the wedding. There are situations discussed that are pretty heartbreaking but there are also moments where you will laugh out loud. It truly is the perfect summer beach read!

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Little, Brown and Company in exchange for my honest review***

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