Sunday, October 31, 2010

Memorable, exciting read {book review}

I had never read a book by Elin Hilderbrand, but now I know what I’ve been missing. I recently finished reading The Castaways and it was a great read once I got into it.

From the book jacket:

“With rumor of infidelity straining Greg and Tess MacAvoy’s marriage, the couple head out on their sailboat one early-summer day to celebrate their wedding anniversary, hoping the roughest waters are behind them. But in an accident off Nantucket, they mysteriously drown, leaving behind two small children as well as the three couples who have long been their closest friends. Tragedy brings to the surface long-simmering conflicts and emotions, and the MacAvoys’ six grieving friends find themselves unprepared for the revelation of secret upon secret as they struggle to answer the question: What happened to Greg and Tess?

The Castaways probes the boundaries of friendship and forgiveness as it tells a page-turning story of passion, betrayal, and suspense, filled with the perfect details of summer island life that have made Elin Hilderbrand’s novels beloved bestsellers.”

castaways When I originally began reading the novel, I had a difficult time getting into it because I didn’t expect it to be broken up into sections that told the story from each characters’ point of view. But once I got beyond that personal pet peeve, I found it to be interesting, intriguing, exciting and mysterious. I couldn’t wait to get to the end to discover what happened.

In addition to that I was mesmerized by the details and descriptions Hilderbrand used. For instance, when she described the tragedy of 9/11 it was from a point of view that made you think she was standing their watching or had personally experienced it.

“She watched footage of the plane hitting the second tower on Addison’s sixty-inch plasma TV, in the closed-up, air-conditioned, professionally decorated comfort of her own home. … According to Tom Brokaw, America was under attack. Phoebe waited for the planes to come screaming over the ocean. … On the TV a plane hit the second tower, which was Tower One. Again and again. … The channel showed people hanging out their windows. Hanging out their windows so far up? … At some point it hit her. This was real. Reed was in that building… The TV showed people jumping. Jumping from the hundred and first floor? …”

And that’s just one descriptive, heart-stopping moment. It’s just the start of how she in tune with Nantucket and relays the beauty of the island, the tragedy of relationships, the back story that brought everyone to where the are and the love, deceit, pain and jealousy that lurks underneath it all.

Disclosure: I received a copy of The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand free of charge to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. Any opinions expressed here are my own. If you make a purchase through the above Amazon link I will receive a small commission. For more information review my complete policy.