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The perfect couple : a novel / Elin Hilderbrand.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown and Company, [2018]

Physical Description:
471 pages ; 24 cm


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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 Castaways , Beautiful Day , and A Summer Affair , The Perfect Couple proves once again that Elin Hilderbrand is the queen of the summer beach read.

Author Notes

Elin Hilderbrand grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa. Her first book, The Beach Club, was published in 2000. Her other works include The Blue Bistro, Barefoot, A Summer Affair, The Castways, The Island, Summerland, The Matchmaker, Winter Street, The Rumor, and Winter Stroll. Elin's novels, Here's to Us and Winter Storms, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2016.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The summer wedding of the year on Nantucket Island is shattered when the maid of honor's body washes up on the beach right before the ceremony in Hilderbrand's deliciously captivating drama. It's July 4th weekend, and Bronx Zoo assistant director Celeste Otis, a kind young woman of modest upbringing, is set to marry the very privileged Benji Winbury. When Celeste finds her best friend, the vivacious Merritt Monaco, dead, Nantucket police chief Ed Kapenash and stalwart Massachusetts State Police detective Nick Diamantopoulos set about questioning family and friends, some of whom are more forthcoming than others. A tangled web of shocking secrets and steamy affairs is revealed, but is one of them really capable of murder? Using multiple viewpoints, Hilderbrand (The Identicals) realistically mines her flawed, likeable characters' lives. She gives each a depth and humanity that's difficult to pull off with an ensemble cast, with character notes such as Celeste's mother's desire to see her daughter married before she dies from breast cancer. The author shows similar attention to peripheral characters, such as Lola Budd, who's dating Chief Ed's ward and gets a chance to help the investigation and impress the chief. Hilderbrand's legions of fans will be thrilled by this delightful whodunit, and it will earn her plenty of new ones. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

In this latest novel by Hilderbrand (The Identicals), the wealthy Nantucket-based -Winbury family prepares for the wedding of younger son Benji when the maid of honor is discovered dead on the shore the morning of the ceremony. The story opens with the police chief getting the call, and from there the point of view extends a periscopic lens on all of the players in this family drama. The time line effectively jumps back and forth between the investigation and earlier events; as secrets are revealed, the steady pace and heightened intrigue draw in readers. Among the many likable and flawed characters is the memorable mother of the groom, mystery writer and gin heiress Greer. Her pragmatic outlook about her husband's infidelity and full embrace of future daughter-in-law Celeste, who comes from a modest background, adds refreshing realism to a story that could have become melodramatic but doesn't. -VERDICT Smooth storyteller Hilderbrand succeeds in creating another domestic drama with a beach setting and a satisfying conclusion that will please a variety of readers. [See Prepub Alert, 12/11/17.]--Sonia Reppe, Stickney-Forest View P.L., IL © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.