Book Review: The Perfect Couple

  • Author: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Edition: Hardcover
  • Published: June 19th, 2018
  • Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Women’s Fiction
  • Star Rating: ★★☆☆☆
  • Goodreads

It’s a perfect summer in Nantucket, which means it’s the perfect time for a wedding.

Weddings are the perfect opportunity for the 1% to show off their over-decorated vacation homes, exuberant boat purchases, and couture sundresses. The marriage of Celeste and Benjamin should be the event of the season, with hundreds of thousands of dollars showered on the affair.

Until a body washes up on the shore, the body of the maid of honor, Merritt, and throws the entire small island into a tizzy.

I picked up this book on a whim. It had a nice cover and an enticing premise. I had no prior knowledge of Hilderbrand’s work and nothing to compare this to as I read. Overall, I was underwhelmed.

After doing some research, I discovered the author has quite the fanbase. I’m glad people are fans of her books but after this one I don’t think I’ll be picking up another one. I don’t think the book is bad persay, her writing is impeccable and her attention to detail and character structure is compelling, it just wasn’t for me.

I found myself rather bored by the soap operatic twists, none of the plot developments particularly shocked or interested me. I can see why people labeled this the perfect beach read but it just didn’t grip me enough to be interested. I admit I skimmed through the last section of the novel, eager to reach a conclusion and was pretty frustrated to discover **SPOILERS** that this murder mystery didn’t even contain an actual murder. **SPOILERS END**.

It’s easy to see why people are drawn to the book, I don’t fault anyone for being wrapped up in the lives of these characters. They’re developed and described aptly, Hilderbrand is excellent at crafting an environment and writing imagery.

But at the end of the day, I think this book would have lulled me to sleep and wound up forgotten in the sand had I wound up reading it at the beach.

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