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4.0 out of 5 starsGood story, grieving process, some flawed characters.
Reviewed in the United States on August 5, 2018
I just finished this book and I did like it . I do enjoy how this author writes, very clean and not too wordy. I like that she is able explain the scenery, the weather the feeling of any one of the characters without going on and on for pages. The main characters in this book, eight best friends, were well developed and you got to know the type of person, their personality and their flaws all in one. And some were very sad, self centered individuals. They are all trying to come to over come their grief in the loss of one of the couples due to a drowning who leave behind 7 year old twins. And they all have secrets. It was a good read, but toward the end I do believe it dragged on to me and could of been wrapped up in under the 420 pages. But I do enjoy her writing. I'll continue reading her other books. Her stories do flow nicely.
I read all three books in this series (this is the 2nd), but this one was definitely my least favorite and took me the longest to finish because it lacked any wow factor. I couldn't get lost in it. The plot is slow and it took me a long time to keep all of the characters straight in my mind. I really liked the final book in the series, The Perfect Couple. You don't need to read all 3 in order to understand, as each story is completely it's own. I would skip the first two books, and just go straight for the last one.
I recently discovered Ms. Hilderbrand's books. I read three before choosing The Castaways. I was so disappointed in this last choice. Reasons for my dismay include trudging through portraits of self- absorbed immature adults who drank way too much, representations of lethargic parenting, intrigues that had beyond-detailed back stories (I truly began not to care about them since I wasn't enjoying the characters). Lastly, tying the story together at the end was contrived and too flat in comparison to more spirited endings with a sense of thoughtful closure in the other three books. I will keep reading Ms. Hilderbrand. I just hope I don't meet these characters again.
I enjoyed this book, as I knew I would, because I do enjoy the way Elin spins us into the brains of all of her characters. I believe this is the 6th one I have read during this bleak and snowy January. Her books take me out of the present and deposit me on the quaint little island where I have always longed to visit. This one was a bit different because it was the unravelling of a mysterious accident. It didn't hold my attention like the others did which is why I only rated it a four rather than five stars.
3.0 out of 5 starsGrieving process too dragged out. Got boring after a while.
Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2018
It was too dragged out over the friend's grieving of the dead couple. Got tired of it. Was ready to stop reading the book half way through. But I stuck it out. Have not read any of her other books yet.
2.0 out of 5 starsDidn't know if it was a series of love stories or a who dunit.
Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2019
Deeply disappointed in this book.Found I didn't care about characters.Andrea's relationship was bordering on obsessive.Phoebe and Reed's relationship almost hinted at incestuous.Phoebe got a bit of a pass at the end as well.
Characters as well developed as the Castaways are a rare treat. The book weaves together their individual stories as well as their place in the group - the problem solver, Mother Earth, money man, cheerleader, rock star, ingenue, predictable, social director. The tales of their vacations together was an added bonus. How they each mourned the loss of Teas and George spoke to the relationship they had with them. This story is not soon to be forgotten!
Reviewed in the United States on November 28, 2020
This is by far my favorite of Elins books so far As you can see once I’ve found author I like , I devour her books. So any recommendations on some older novels , please send them my way. Esp involving these characters.
I loved every story line. Every cast member. Every chapter. And every word of this book. Truly a 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ star read from me
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 21, 2018
Well ... another piece of extremely enjoyable silliness from Elin Hilderbrand. Being a Brit who briefly visited Martha’s Vineyard and loved it, just the setting of these books, albeit on Nantucket, sends me into ecstasies. I’ve come to her books late but am finding them strangely addictive. Decided to read this book before “The Perfect Couple” as I understand it includes the same characters. I found some of the novel quite unbelievable (characters acting ...well ... out of character!). but I couldn’t put it down so of course have to give it five stars. And straight on to “The Perfect Couple” .....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 9, 2013
Well written novel with interesting group of friends, which was all not as it seemed. They all had secrets. Although I thoroughly enjoyed this book I never felt I was a part of it. Definitely on the outside looking in. Took a while to keep track of who is who, but st I'll a good read..........
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 22, 2013
Very enjoyable, unable to put it down loved all the characters each personality, all their problems all their feelings their struggles, their fears, their friendships,their dynamics as a group of close friends all blended to make a story of great depth
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 7, 2013
I have never read any of Elin Hilderbrand's books but will now read more after this one. I particularly liked the Chief and Jeremy and it makes you want to go to Nantucket and visit all the places there. I have been to Martha's Vineyard but it is a larger island but at least I got the feel.