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Book Review – The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand


Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Opinion:

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.

Book Details:

My Rating: 4/5
Genre: Mystery
Series: None
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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20 thoughts on “Book Review – The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

  1. I enjoy this author, and still have a couple of her earlier books unread…which does not mean I don’t I enjoy her. But this book is one I requested from the library, as then I will get to it soon after I download it. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Hilderbrand is one my favorite authors; it isn’t summer for me until I’ve officially read my 1st Hilderbrand or Jane Green novel, LOL! I’ve read all her books, and I think this is by far her best “beach” read yet although her Winter Street series remains my favorite. But you definitely picked a fantastic one as your 1st read! She’s never written one like this before with the murder mystery type element, so I think that’s why I loved it so much more than her other summer reads. My review for this “should” post tomorrow as I have it planned if I can get it finished and completely coherent by is my son’s high school graduation party this evening, and I’m a bit blog disorganized at the moment, lol! Otherwise, it will have to post on Friday…when I have another book review planned and not finished either, LOL. I need to get back to being organized! Great review and so glad you enjoyed it! xx

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      1. Thank you, Tina! The party was a blast. Thanks…maybe I can write it today…I hope! I’ve got my daughter’s 8th bday, a pool party to finish planning for Sat and am busy packing for 2 weeks at the beach for the 5 of us (apparently no one else can pack) leaving on Sunday, so it’s wild this week, lol. But I’ll be on blog hiatus until July 2nd while on vacay, and I have 2 June ARCs that need to get written by Sun..I guess worse comes to worse I write them in the car on the drive to SC and post them next week, ha! Crazy how time consuming planning parties can be! 😀


  3. I LOVE to read her books in the summer! I have this from Netgalley too but have been putting it off because once I read it…it’s over….

    Glad you liked it!! Now I am even more excited to read it!!


  4. I love Elin Hilderbrand books, so I am happy to see you are a new reader to this wonderful author. I did not realize this was a mystery as that is not her typical genre. I am looking forward to this one even more now. Great review Tina.


  5. I came across this book when i was looking for summery books. Even though it’s not something i’d normally read, there was something about it that i just found interesting.
    Great review! I’m planning to read it as well at some point 🙂

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