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5,0 sur 5 étoilesOh, what a tangled web we weave, or crikey, this wedding party sure had a lot to hide!
22 juin 2018 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Upon reading the book blurb for this one, I knew I just had to pre-order it – a beautiful island wedding where the guests are all staying at the same location, and the maid of honour is found dead – sold! And did it live up to my expectations – yes, yes, yes! I knew going in that it was going to be tamer than my usual crime read, leaning more towards contemporary drama, which it was, but I have to say it was a nice change of pace for me, and I really enjoyed it. The mystery plot, which I worried might be too obvious, wasn’t, and even when I thought I had worked it out, turns out I was wrong.
There’s a lot of glamour and glitz, talk of décor, scenery, parties, outings, heaps of descriptions of food and drink (which all sounded delicious by the way) but again that was a given before I even opened the book, and was told in such an interesting, insightful way, that I even relished those parts. Nantucket Island sure does sound like a gorgeous place, and the author definitely did it justice.
The story opens with the Chief of Police receiving a phone call that the maid of honour has been found floating in the ocean, on the morning of the wedding day, and covers the subsequent investigation that follows. There are also multiple flashbacks to the day before the wedding, as well as the two years leading up to the event. At times the story is pretty heartbreaking and tragic, so keep those tissues handy, but there’s also some amusing and touching moments that have you smiling.
After perusing Elin Hilderbrand’s other books, it looks like this is the authors first mystery novel, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed she writes more in this vein, as she did an amazing job. Even though it’s winter here, and I read under the covers with the electric blanket, this would make an excellent summer beach read, as it’s easy to read, and follow.
This book was a complete waste of time and money. It was a travel advertisement for Nantucket and for foodies who visit Nantucket disguised as a whodunit. By the middle of the book, I frankly didn't care who did it. I finished it only in the hope that it would get better. It didn't.
I was looking forward to this book. It is an easy summer read. However, the pieces of the story do not come together in the end. I don’t want to spoil the story as the author created an interesting plot around a wedding. The disappointment was there were so many ways to go to tie it all up . However I felt as if I was left midstream waiting for an epilogue or follow up chapters as to the final ending. You cannot give a Reader 400 pages of story line and not create an ending appropriate to this lengthy story!
3,0 sur 5 étoilesThe Perfect Couple is a Definite Mismatch
14 juillet 2018 - Publié sur Amazon.com
I always look forward to Hilderbrand's summer books, they are usually a beach staple. This book ... I don't know. It seemed like 2 different things: half a story and then several different stories stitched together that fell flat. It is a supposed to be a whodunit, but the mystery part of the book is trite and unsatisfying -- not enough development in the characters to even make you care, and then, it ends up not really being a murder mystery after all. So, it was half a story as far as that goes. Then the different characters with secret lives and difficult decisions -- each of these could have been its' own story, but each was portrayed with superficial details, you wanted to know more about what happened to them, rather than just highlights thrown in now and then. Too many characters were underdeveloped and unlikeable. I felt a little cheated: both on the story and mystery. If the Perfect Couple was Romance and Mystery then they are a definite mismatch here.
Wow!! I just finished this book and disappointed is an understatement!! It was ok until I realized that the end was near... how can she finish this thing w/2% left so we can FINALLY see "Who done it??" YAWN!!! Seriously?? Talk about anticlimactic!!!