Monday, November 5, 2018

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

Title: The Perfect Couple 
Series: MacAvoys, Kapenashes, Drakes, and Wheelers
Author: Elin Hilderbrand 
Publisher:   Little, Brown and Company
Release date: June 19, 2018 

From New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand, comes a novel about the many ways family can fill our lives with love...if they don't kill us first. 

*New York Times bestseller*

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. Featuring beloved characters from The CastawaysBeautiful Day, and A Summer AffairThe Perfect Couple proves once again that Elin Hilderbrand is the queen of the summer beach read. 

The Perfect Couple had so many components that I enjoyed. I loved that there was a mystery surrounding the death of the maid of honor. The Who Done It, kept me on my toes. There were so many possibilities although I excluded a bunch of suspects from the first couple of chapters. I had a pretty good idea of who was at fault but in the end, I still enjoyed the delivery. 

So let me tell you what the book is about: 

Celeste Otis is marrying Benji Winbury. This is going to be the wedding of the year. The wedding is going to take place in Nantucket were Benji's parents Tag and Greer Winbury reside. 

Celeste is a young woman who works at the zoo. She met Benji when he brought his girlfriend and her son to a snake exhibition. Afterward, Benji broke up with his girlfriend and starting dating Celeste. 

Benji's parents come from money. His mother, Greer is a famous mystery writer. His father is a successful businessman. Celeste's parents, Karen and Bruce Otis, are not wealthy. Karen is also dealing with terminal cancer and she hopes to see her only daughter get married before the disease take her away from her family.

On the day of the wedding, the body of Celeste's best friend and maid of honor, Merritt Monaco is found and since every family member has secrets, it will be up to Chief Ed Kapenash and Nick Diamantopoulos from the Nantucket Police Department to figure out if it was an accident or someone did this to Merritt.

Elin Hilderbrand takes you through the events happening months before the wedding by using multiple characters POVs. The web of lies, deceit, seduction, and death is one you won't want to miss.

My one objection with the story is that I felt Merritt's death was an injustice. I would have like to see a more steep punishment to the culprit and a more thorough police investigation. In some ways, I felt like they dropped the ball at the end.

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs 

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