During the Summer, I saw a lot of chatter about this novel on social media. As I had not read any of Elin Hilderbrand’s novels, I decided to pick up The Perfect Couple when I saw a pristine copy of this novel at a secondhand bookstore.
Women’s fiction, mystery, romance
It’s Nantucket wedding season, also known as summer – the sight of a bride racing down Main Street is as common as the sun setting at Nantucket Beach. The Otis-Winbury wedding promises to be an event to remember: the groom’s wealthy parents have spared no expense to host a lavish affair at their oceanfront estate. But it’s going to be memorable for all the wrong reasons after tragedy strikes: a body is discovered in Nantucket Harbour just hours before the ceremony – and everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect. As Chief of Police Ed Kapenash interviews the bride, the groom, the groom’s famous mystery-novelist mother, and even a member of his own family, he discovers that every wedding is a minefield – and no couple is perfect.
Hilderbrand weaves a story which encompasses the concept that what we show to the outside world may not be a full reflection of who we are. While trying to uncover the truth about a young woman’s death, the detectives on the case uncover the truth behind the relationships that exist within the families of both the bride and the groom. These relationships reflect so many of the relationships that we see around us in our daily lives. I enjoyed how I was slowly introduced to the complexities of the relationships within the story: the relationship between a man and his wife, between mother and daughter, mother and children, between two women who are close friends. I did feel empathy for the protagonist and understood on some level how easy it was for her to land in the situation she was in. There were times though when I could not understand why she had let the situation go so far.
The Perfect Couple is a good example of women’s literature. It is a well-written story that embodies the choices women have to make to create a positive and happy future for themselves. I enjoyed this read and am sure to pick up another of Elin Hilderbrand’s novels.
I give this novel ⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐ 4 stars.
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018
(This novel was the 57th in my 50 book pledge for 2018)