The Perfect Couple

The Perfect Couple

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.It's wedding season on Nantucket. The beautiful island is overrun with summer people--an annual source of aggravation for year-round residents. And that's not the only tension brewing offshore. When one lavish wedding...

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The Perfect Couple Reviews

  • Jamie Rosenblit

    The Queen of the "Beach Read" is holding onto that crown for one more year!!!!!

    has something I always love from an

    book - nods to characters from her old books. My two favorite books of hers are

    and

    and this one has tons of characters from

    !!!! (Note - you do not need to have read that one to enjoy this one!)

    A wedding is happening on Nantucket, but on the morning of, the maid of honor is found dead. Told from alterna

    The Queen of the "Beach Read" is holding onto that crown for one more year!!!!!

    has something I always love from an

    book - nods to characters from her old books. My two favorite books of hers are

    and

    and this one has tons of characters from

    !!!! (Note - you do not need to have read that one to enjoy this one!)

    A wedding is happening on Nantucket, but on the morning of, the maid of honor is found dead. Told from alternating perspectives and timelines, the story is told throughout the investigation as well as the backstory behind the couple getting married and their families. As the story unfolds, you will make assumptions about "whodunnit" but I bet you won't guess who - I didn't!

    The perfect summer read AND a murder mystery in one?!? You need this book!!

    Thank you to Little Brown for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

  • Melissa

    I hate to play favorites, but in this case,

    In my humble opinion, this is

    's best work yet. Combining her signature backdrop, riveting cast of characters and penchant for teasing the craveable local fare

    the suspense of a murder mystery—you better believe, I soaked up every moment in the Nantucket sun.

    This year,

    lures readers back to the picturesque Nantucket island with the invitation to a prominent wedding. Until the m

    I hate to play favorites, but in this case,

    In my humble opinion, this is

    's best work yet. Combining her signature backdrop, riveting cast of characters and penchant for teasing the craveable local fare

    the suspense of a murder mystery—you better believe, I soaked up every moment in the Nantucket sun.

    This year,

    lures readers back to the picturesque Nantucket island with the invitation to a prominent wedding. Until the morning of, Benji and Celeste’s nuptials are poised to be the event of the summer. Loving couple, coveted wedding planner and a mother-in-law ensuring every minute detail is just so—

    ? Turns out, something far worse than anyone could fathom—let alone the bride.

    Celeste wakes on the morning of her special day to find her only friend and maid of honor, Merritt, floating along the shore of her in-law’s stunning Summerland compound. The question becomes, was it an untimely accident or something far more sinister?

    Through the investigative work of Chief Ed Kapenash (

    ), an unraveling of the many alibis and a host of memories from multiple perspectives, Elin takes us back to the beginning—to how Benji and Celeste came to be

    set to say “

    ”. In doing so, Hilderbrand incites a frenzy, holding the reader captive as one tightly-held secret after another is revealed. Reminiscent of the game of Clue,

    takes their turn at playing the suspect.

    There’s something to be said about Hilderbrand’s ability to pen such distinct and compelling characters. You may not love them all for who they are or condone the situations they get themselves into, but there’s no denying, you want to stick around to hear what they have to say.

    For me, it was the bride Celeste that stole the show. A breath of fresh air—by Nantucket and leading lady standards—unassuming and uninterested in trying to impress people, she’s distinctly Celeste. A zoologist driven by her love of nature, she’s a true friend, loving daughter and a woman caught up in the whirlwind of her first ever relationship. Her journey just might make you ponder, does each bad deed committed, in turn, set something else in motion?

    There is a HUGE piece of the plot that I want to gush about to NO END. But I won’t for the sake of ruining it for someone else. What I will say, because I have to say

    , there’s an enviable level of wanting and intense longing that completely stole my heart. I found myself turning the pages with bated breath in anticipation of what was to come for these

    . My one hope—somehow, some way—we’ll cross paths with this couple again. Maybe in a future book?

  • Amanda

    I didn’t like this book I adored it. Whilst reading this amazing story was all I could think about, every time I HAD to put this book down, I likened it to having to put a film on hold and all the characters were paused, eager for my return so they could continue their story!!

    The fairytale wedding between very wealthy Benji and Celeste should be the wedding of the year, no expense spared and all organised by the grooms Mother Greer.

    On the morning of the wedding Maid of Honour Merritt is discover

    I didn’t like this book I adored it. Whilst reading this amazing story was all I could think about, every time I HAD to put this book down, I likened it to having to put a film on hold and all the characters were paused, eager for my return so they could continue their story!!

    The fairytale wedding between very wealthy Benji and Celeste should be the wedding of the year, no expense spared and all organised by the grooms Mother Greer.

    On the morning of the wedding Maid of Honour Merritt is discovered dead, that is when you realise all is not well in paradise and that there are many secrets to be revealed, before we find out what really happened to Merritt.

    What was there not to like in this book? It has everything I love in a novel, glamour, secrets, affairs and murder all nicely told in 2 timelines. The time leading up to Benji and Celeste meeting and falling in love and the lead up to their wedding. the characters are so wealthy and have amazing names like Merritt and Greer!! I looked up Nantucket and I’m desperate to go there now and have a tiny taste of paradise.

    I have to say even right at the end of the book, I hadn’t completely worked out what had happened to Merritt as everybody seemed to be hiding secrets and acting guiltily.

    I would love to read another book set in Nantucket with the same great characters appearing in it, especially Chief Ed Kapenash and Nick Diamantopoulos and what happens to all the other memorable characters!!

    This to my surprise is Elin Hildrebran’s twenty first novel and my first ever book I’ve read of hers, so I have some major catching up to do. I recommend you to read this book which should come with a warning that its highly addictive and you won’t be able to put it down!!

    After all that talk about Lobster I feel a craving coming on for some, and as the saying goes “If you can’t beat them join them”

    Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.

  • Debra

    Ahhhhh Nantucket in the summer is bliss! It is a lovely place to vacation. It also serves as the perfect place for a wedding, the beach and a murder!

    The Otis-Winbury is going to be one to remember! The groom's family has arranged for the wedding to be the event of the season. A wedding that people will be talking about for years to come! And it will be remembered but not for the reasons they want it to be. In the early morning hours on the day of the wedding, the maid of honor is found dead. Ch

    Ahhhhh Nantucket in the summer is bliss! It is a lovely place to vacation. It also serves as the perfect place for a wedding, the beach and a murder!

    The Otis-Winbury is going to be one to remember! The groom's family has arranged for the wedding to be the event of the season. A wedding that people will be talking about for years to come! And it will be remembered but not for the reasons they want it to be. In the early morning hours on the day of the wedding, the maid of honor is found dead. Chief of Police Ed Kapenash is leading the investigation and everyone in the wedding party is a suspect.

    The story unfolds through various character's perspectives and timelines. It becomes clear that almost everyone in this book has a secret - BIG scandalous secrets. But just because one has a secret doesn't make them guilty of murder, or does it?

    This may be the quintessential beach read of summer 2018. There are secrets, family secrets, lies, deceptions, suspense and mystery. This was a very fast read that had me guessing along with Chief Kapenash as to the identity of the “murderer" . This book is pure enjoyment. As the investigation unfolds and the stories and backstories are told, the reader may suspect several characters of murder in this whodunnit. This book doesn't involve a lot of thinking, again, it's pure entertainment which makes it perfect for a summer/beach/poolside read. Another plus is that there is nothing graphic in this book, which means most readers will be able to read and enjoy this book!

    Thank you to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are my own.

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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    🏝 🏝 🏝 🏝

    I discovered Elin Hilderbrand a couple years ago, well after she was proclaimed the queen of beach reads. While her books may be “beachy” (i.e., set on Nantucket), they are well-written and full of depth. The Perfect Couple is Hilderbrand’s first foray into murder mystery writing and also incorporates some beloved characters from her past books.

    Wedding season is synonymous for “summer people” on Nantucket, and that is when the island is u

    🏝 🏝 🏝 🏝

    I discovered Elin Hilderbrand a couple years ago, well after she was proclaimed the queen of beach reads. While her books may be “beachy” (i.e., set on Nantucket), they are well-written and full of depth. The Perfect Couple is Hilderbrand’s first foray into murder mystery writing and also incorporates some beloved characters from her past books.

    Wedding season is synonymous for “summer people” on Nantucket, and that is when the island is uncomfortably crammed full of people. When police chief Kapenash gets a call early one morning due to a body discovery in the water, the police quickly find out it is the maid of honor in a wedding that is to be held that day. It is safe to say, there would be no wedding.

    The book encompasses the investigation as to whom is responsible for the murder, and I was surprised by the ending. Because it’s a lighter mystery, I did not have to focus on analysis and detailed reading, and instead, I could relax and be completely entertained in this indulgent read from the first page to the last.

    I continue to be impressed with Hilderband’s ability to stay on top of her game. The Perfect Couple is a smart, inventive, dazzling, and successful work of light mystery dressed in beach read finery.

    Thank you to Little, Brown and Company and Netgalley for the copy. The Perfect Couple is now available!

    My reviews can also be found on my blog:

  • Jennifer

    I've read very little from

    , but the ratings have been so high with this 2018 release that I just couldn't resist. I have to agree with the masses.

    was a great read. It is an exploration of families and relationships with a death investigation as the backdrop. Key word: backdrop. In my opinion, if you view this story as only a murder mystery, you may leave severely disappointed. But if you open yourself up to meet a variety of characters with wide ranges of his

    I've read very little from

    , but the ratings have been so high with this 2018 release that I just couldn't resist. I have to agree with the masses.

    was a great read. It is an exploration of families and relationships with a death investigation as the backdrop. Key word: backdrop. In my opinion, if you view this story as only a murder mystery, you may leave severely disappointed. But if you open yourself up to meet a variety of characters with wide ranges of histories, dysfunction and values, then you might end up really enjoying the reading experience. Filled with drama, romance, mystery, secrets, complicated emotions and... did I say drama? Yep. Weddings will do that to you. But Hilderbrand also adds tenderness, love and support and I could not get enough. Fast-paced and entertaining, I thoroughly enjoyed

    . I left the experience incredibly satisfied and very eager to check out more of Hilderbrand's books.

  • Holly  B

    There were so many things that I enjoyed listening to this one (Audible). The setting was just dreamy-beach side in Nantucket with the sunny atmosphere. The characters were fun and relatable with some side notes of a little bit soap-opera inspired (which works in this story).

    I loved that one of the main characters is an acclaimed mystery writer. She finds herself smack in the middle of a real life murder mystery. I kept wondering if her "skills" could possibly help her solve this murder or perh

    There were so many things that I enjoyed listening to this one (Audible). The setting was just dreamy-beach side in Nantucket with the sunny atmosphere. The characters were fun and relatable with some side notes of a little bit soap-opera inspired (which works in this story).

    I loved that one of the main characters is an acclaimed mystery writer. She finds herself smack in the middle of a real life murder mystery. I kept wondering if her "skills" could possibly help her solve this murder or perhaps she was involved. Questions, questions......

    It took me awhile to finish the book due to saving it for my car trips. It entertained me and I was enjoying different narrators.

    I was a little disappointed in the end. Although it was satisfying, I was left a bit underwhelmed. Like oh.....that is what happened!

  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

    The Perfect Couple is set in Nantucket, amidst the no expense spared paradise of sand, sun, beautiful wealthy people, privilege, secrets, lies and of course murder. To say I could not resist this book would be an understatement. I literally had to force myself to put it down and I eagerly picked it up any chance I got.

    Benji and Celeste are set to be married until the bri

    The Perfect Couple is set in Nantucket, amidst the no expense spared paradise of sand, sun, beautiful wealthy people, privilege, secrets, lies and of course murder. To say I could not resist this book would be an understatement. I literally had to force myself to put it down and I eagerly picked it up any chance I got.

    Benji and Celeste are set to be married until the bride finds her best friend and maid-of-honor, Merritt's body floating in the water. What follows is the unraveling of so much juicy deceit and so many secrets that you will not be able to turn the pages fast enough. With so many characters and so many secrets you can't help but suspect everyone! Hilderbrand did an amazing job unfolding this whodunnit. I will admit that I had suspicions about what happened but I did not have all the logistics worked out. I was very satisfied with the ending and pleased that I did not have it all figured out.

  • Skyler Autumn

    Slated as this years must have summer beach read I went into this novel not expecting to be intellectually stimulated. Obviously this was going to be light and easy read, but there's nothing wrong with switching off your brain and delving into something easy, breezy (mentally trying to stop myself from saying cover girl but I can't) if at least it's fun. This novel was fun for the first 30% then it got boring, and then it got long and when I finally hit the last chapter it took that tu

    Slated as this years must have summer beach read I went into this novel not expecting to be intellectually stimulated. Obviously this was going to be light and easy read, but there's nothing wrong with switching off your brain and delving into something easy, breezy (mentally trying to stop myself from saying cover girl but I can't) if at least it's fun. This novel was fun for the first 30% then it got boring, and then it got long and when I finally hit the last chapter it took that turn to just plain irritating.

    The Perfect Couple is centred around Benji and Celeste's fairytale wedding on Nantucket... spoiler alert the wedding isn't as fairytale as you're led to believe. I know, shocker! When the Maid of Honour Merritt is found floating around the ocean dead, on the day of the supposed dream wedding, everything is flipped on its head as readers are taken into the secret lives of the many guests.

    The concept although sounding like a fun murder mystery on the island took on a stereotypical chick-lit format about half way through making me feel as if this book had tricked me. What was slated as a murder mystery/whodunnit soon became a wish washy jumble of chapters about different romances of the many attendees of the wedding. The ending especially had me freakin pissed.

    I also found myself being increasingly frustrated with how women were being portrayed in this novel. For a female author she really enjoyed painting women as sluts, bitches or virginal. Women were either prizes of male affection or shameful flirts that lured men into cheating the one dimensional brush this female author chose to paint the women in her novel was disheartening to say the least.

    And don't get me started on the central romance! That love at first sight stick, I will betray everyone I love for this random woman/man I've spent a day with is such nonsense that I can't even wrap my mind around it in my novels. I have an easier time believing in the possibility that there is a Hogwarts somewhere out there then freakin love at first sight. It was a patronizing and unrealistic love where the male in question would say belittling things like you're just so real compared to the women I know. What the fuck does that mean? If a guy told me I'm not like other girls or I'm real compared to other women. I'd tell him I don't need him to put down my entire gender to give me a patronizing compliment. This novel basically can be summed up by the fact men are the worst and women are prizes to be won and then disposed of when the man is done with them. There you go! I summed the novel up for you, now you don't have to read it. Your Welcome.

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