Monday 11 June 2018

Book ~ "The Perfect Couple" (2018) Elin Hilderbrand

From Goodreads ~ 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 ends in disaster before it can even begin - with the maid of honor discovered dead in Nantucket Harbor just hours before the ceremony - everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect. 

As Chief of Police Ed Kapenash digs into the best man, the maid of honor, the groom's famous mystery novelist mother and even a member of his own family, the chief discovers that every wedding is a minefield - and no couple is perfect. 

It's the July long weekend and Celeste and Benji are getting married at Benji's parents' home in Nantucket.  They had met about a year ago and come from different backgrounds.  Celeste's parents barely got by but raised Celeste with a lot of love.  Benji's parents are rich and Benji never lacked for anything and still leads that kind of life, which is foreign to Celeste.

The night before the wedding, Merritt, Celeste's best friend and maid of honor is found dead.  Needless to say, the wedding is cancelled.  As the police investigate, they discover affairs and secrets.  Was Merritt's death an accident or was she murdered?

I liked the writing style of this book and thought it was an interesting story.  It is in third person perspective with the focus on the different characters including Celeste, Greer (Benji's mother), Tag (Benji's father), the police officers and others (the chapters are labeled).  This way we find out what was going on from their perspective and what they were thinking.  We don't find out until the very end what happened to Merritt.

I thought there were a lot of things left unfinished by the end of the story, though, so I'm assuming there will be other books involving these characters to tie up the loose ends.

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