Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Well-Read Commuter reviews The Castaways

The Castaways
By: Elin Hilderbrand
Narrated By: Kate Hale

What This Book Is About:
Greg and Tess MacAvoy are one of four prominent Nantucket couples who count each other as best friends. As pillars of their close-knit community, the MacAvoys, Kapenashes, Drakes, and Wheelers are important to their friends and neighbors, and especially to each other. But just before the beginning of another idyllic summer, Greg and Tess are killed when their boat capsizes during an anniversary sail. As the warm weather approaches and the island mourns their loss, nothing can prepare the MacAvoy's closest friends for what will be revealed.

What Did You Think About This Book:
Elin Hilderbrand is a seasoned author that knows how to take a reader on a great ride that you won’t be ready to get off of at the end. This was my first of Hilderbrand’s books which are always set in Nantucket. At first I thought that narrator Kate Hale’s voice might be a little too syrupy sweet for my tastes, but it did not take me long to get very invested in this multi-layered story with complex and well-developed characters. I was so engrossed in the story I pulled over in traffic to retrieve the next disk that had fallen out of my reach because I could not wait to hear how the story continued to progress. As the couples each delve into the mysterious death of their good friends the inner complexities of adult friendships are explored. This was a great read superbly written and narrated.

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