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.
As an Elin Hilderbrand newbie, I picked a fantastic book to get my feet wet!
Can you imagine what it would be like to find your best friend, your maid of honor, dead on your wedding day? Wow! I cannot even imagine how horrible that would be. This very unimaginable event is the premise of this story.
Celeste and Benji are getting married on the beautiful island of Nantucket. On the morning of their wedding Celeste’s maid of honor (Merritt) is found dead. Rather than the wedding of their dreams, the day has now turned into their worst nightmare. No one is free of suspicion, family and friends alike – everyone is a suspect.
There were times when I felt like this was a story within a story. Make no mistake about it – the murder mystery is the main story here, but there is also a sub-story about Celeste’s mom, Karen. She has some very serious health problems that got my attention and I wondered where that storyline would go.
There were a lot of characters in this book and more than one was a plausible suspect in the death of Merritt. There were moments when this book felt a bit like a soap opera. Who likes who, who is sleeping with who, who has broken who’s heart, and so on.
My favorite character was Karen. My heart went out to her and I deeply admired her strength. I also found Greer (Benji’s mom) to be a very interesting character. She is tough on the outside, but there were moments of tenderness that I found quite touching.
There were a couple of storylines that I felt could have been wrapped up a bit more, as a result I felt like I was left hanging a bit, but all in all an enjoyable read. I look forward to reading more of Elin Hilderbrand’s books in the future!
*Thank you NetGalley, Little, Brown and Company, and Elin Hilderbrand for the opportunity to read and review this book for my honest opinion.
My Rating: 4/5
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: 6/19/2018
Pages: 480 (eBook)
*Book 1/20 in the #20booksofsummer reading challenge.
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