- File Size: 4825 KB
- Print Length: 481 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (June 19, 2018)
- Publication Date: June 19, 2018
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316375268
- ISBN-13: 978-0316375269
- ASIN: B0763LB5LQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,484 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"The Perfect Couple proves that Elin Hilderbrand is the queen of the summer beach read"―WFMY News 2
"Hilderbrand throws enough curveballs to keep readers guessing, but not too many, maintaining the breezy pace her novels are known for. The mystery element is new, but The Perfect Couple is classic Hilderbrand."―Booklist --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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There’s a lot of glamour and glitz, talk of décor, scenery, parties, outings, heaps of descriptions of food and drink (which all sounded delicious by the way) but again that was a given before I even opened the book, and was told in such an interesting, insightful way, that I even relished those parts. Nantucket Island sure does sound like a gorgeous place, and the author definitely did it justice.
The story opens with the Chief of Police receiving a phone call that the maid of honour has been found floating in the ocean, on the morning of the wedding day, and covers the subsequent investigation that follows. There are also multiple flashbacks to the day before the wedding, as well as the two years leading up to the event. At times the story is pretty heartbreaking and tragic, so keep those tissues handy, but there’s also some amusing and touching moments that have you smiling.
After perusing Elin Hilderbrand’s other books, it looks like this is the authors first mystery novel, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed she writes more in this vein, as she did an amazing job. Even though it’s winter here, and I read under the covers with the electric blanket, this would make an excellent summer beach read, as it’s easy to read, and follow.
The only good part was the actual writing - the author handles words well. But in the end, I prefer my mysteries to have a little more intrigue, and a storyline that doesn't bounce around so much that I get nauseous trying to keep up with the timeline.
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I got a bit lost at a few points as minor characters were given large parts of the narrative and it was hard figuring out how they related to the story, or which main character they were part of the story line with. I'd find myself reading a page or five wondering when on earth we were going to get to the point!
The story also jumps back and forth in time and the same scene often told from several viewpoints. I quite like this technique but I just found repetition of passages (Father of the Bride speech in particular) quite frustrating and slowed things down considerably.
Had the book been edited down, I may have enjoyed it more. As for the ending...well, I'll leave the reader to get to that. In some ways I thought it was genius but having laboured through 400+ pages, I was a bit let down.
It's my first book by this author and although I'm not overwhelmed by it, would definitely read more of her work.
First of all, I want to point out that the Perfect Couple is a murder mystery! Perhaps that contributed to how much I adored it? The book starts on the morning of Celeste's wedding day, when a dead body of her maid of honour is found on the shore of Nantucket. The timeline then jumps from the present to the past revealing the relationships between the wedding guests and their history. There are at least a couple of chapters focusing on each main character which I thoroughly enjoyed. Hilderbrand managed to portray everyone in such a vivid way that they all seemed very alive to me. I found the realistic aspect of the novel even more profound by incorporating the little details such as the titles of the books the characters were reading, places they visited in Europe - all very familiar to me.
The novel is based on the island of Nantucket. I haven't been to Nantucket but got engaged next door at Martha's Vineyard last year so felt a bit of connection to the atmosphere and vibe of the place.
This was my first Hilderbrand novel and it gets 5 stars for me. I do realise however that I might have lucked out by picking this one as my first book and might not like her other books as much. Who knows.. I will have to read another one and see for myself.
Also, a sleeping pill isn't strong enough to knock you out cold while floating in shallow water, not unless they were Rohypnol and that would have knocked her out much quicker.
I would have liked more descriptions of the island and the food, as in previous books and Shooter and Celeste deserved their HEA. Also, was Celeste's mother cured? Why did she feel no pain?