“good beach book”jen c wrote this review Thursday, August 13, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good Vacation Read”jen a wrote this review Wednesday, August 12, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Castaways were a group of 8 friends, 4 couples that live in Nantucket. They have mourned, cried and laughed together. Phoebe and Addison, Tess and Greg, Delilah and Jeffery, and Andrea and Ed care very much for each other. One tragic day Tess and Greg go sailing only to never return. The autopsy report presents questions. Was it an accident?
Elin Hilderband is a master at defining characters. Each of the Castaways had a distinct personality that was fully developed. The plot moves from one character to another allowing the reader to hear the story through his or her eyes. Each characters had a faults making them life like. The setting is quaint and makes me want to visit that area. Hilderbrand allows each character to mourn the loss of their friends. She does not rush it. She allows the since of loss, guilt and anger to fully develop. The Castaways is a delightful read.
“This is the second novel by this author that I have read. I have to admit that my main reason for reading it is because it is set on Nantucket, and I am headed there for a vacation soon. I enjoyed the novel, and the main reason I did was because of the fact that it was not your typical "chick-lit", but instead focused on couples- 4 couples who are the best of friends. I enjoyed the way the author wrote chapters specifically in the voices of the various characters, thus giving their view on particular events. The characters are very likeable. It also made me even more excited to go to Nantucket, as she describes it so well.”Marisa wrote this review Sunday, August 2, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I expected a much better book than what it turned out to be. I was so excited when her new book came out but was disappointed on the plot.”JMT1002 wrote this review Tuesday, July 28, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is the story of 8 friends - 4 couples - Tess and Greg, Jeff and Delilah, Ed and Andrea, Phoebe and Addison. They all live on the island of Nantucket - a community where everyone knows everyone and nobody's business remains private for long.
The story opens with the death of Tess and Greg. They had gone sailing to celebrate their 12th wedding anniversary - an anniversary that they had fought hard to reach over the last year. Nobody could believe they had drowned - especially the six friends they left behind.
I love the way the story is told rotating around the survivors - so you are not just getting one point of view - but everyone's. It alternates between how they are dealing with the present and what happened in the past, what decisions they did or did not make, that shaped this present. The death of this couple hits them all hard - some because of guilty secrets - some because of what ifs. They all deal with their grief differently.
Over the course of this book, each character really becomes more and more real. I was afraid when I first started reading - because of the 8 main characters - and the way the story moved around - that I was going to have trouble maintaining who was who. But it wasn't long before I realized I wasn't having to 'think' about who was who anymore. I had come to know each one of them.
Elin Hilderbrand was a new-to-me author and I can't wait to read more of her work!”
“I have heard that this is a great beach read, but I'm not sure I agree. For me, this book is too deep, too sad to be a beach read (I like mine to be fluffy!) But this book is definitely a good one! It's gossipy and it kept me hooked! It told the life of four different couples through the eyes of six different people. There were lots of twists and turns and inter-mingling (is that a word?) between the couples. I thought I had the death of the MacAvoy's figured out but then something new would pop up. And it all wrapped up nicely in the end! ”Purplg8r wrote this review Monday, July 6, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really hate to say this when I had such high hopes for this book but I did not like it at the beginning and I did not like it at the end. I found it pretty ridiculous that these were supposed 8 best friends and yet they all are lusting or in love with one of the other friends beside their spouse. I also did not find any of the very likeable other than the chief and I thought the story was pretty predictable. I have to say I really admired Andrea's daughter stepping up to elp take care of Greg and Tess's children when everyone else was a mess.”Debbie S wrote this review Tuesday, June 30, 2009. ( reply | view 1 replies | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No