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The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand

July 8th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Description: Greg and Tess MacAvoy are one of four prominent Nantucket couples who count each other as best friends. As pillars of their close-knit community, the MacAvoys, Kapenashes, Drakes, and Wheelers are important to their friends and neighbors, and especially to each other. But just before the beginning of another idyllic summer, Greg and Tess are killed when their boat capsizes during an anniversary sail. As the warm weather approaches and the island mourns their loss, nothing can prepare the MacAvoy’s closest friends for what will be revealed.

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.  The story begins right after Greg and Tess’s deaths and each chapter alternates being narrated by each of the remaining friends.  Slowly it is revealed how convoluted the relationship was between all these best friends and wheter or not Greg and Tess’s deaths were an accident or something more sinister.  I have to say although I didn’t care for most of the main characters I really admired Andrea’s daughter stepping up to elp take care of Greg and Tess’s children when everyone else was a mess.

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4 Responses

  1. Deborah

    oh yay! you didn’t like the book either! i was worried that i was the only one…

  2. Cindy(cindysloveofbooks)

    Its too bad you didn’t like that book. I agree it was nice to see Andrea’s daughter step up to the plate and start taking care of Tess’s children when it was evident that Andrea couldn’t. There was times I wanted to read in and slap Andrea.

  3. dsuzuki

    Deborah-LOL. I was thinking I was the only one too! I saw such raving reviews.
    Cindy-I totally agree about wanting to slap Andrea at times.

  4. Elizabeth

    My favorite book by Elin Hilderbrand is The Blue Bistro.

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