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on June 21, 2018
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.
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on June 23, 2018
I love Elin Hilderbrand and have read all her books. The Perfect Couple, in my opinion, is her best one yet. Nantucket is known to have many rich and famous residents. Many prestigious weddings have been held here. The Perfect Couple is Tag and Greer Winbury. They are planning a wedding for their son Benji to Celeste Otis. With their money they want to be sure everything is perfect. It may appear to be on the surface but cracks start to appear. Everyone has their secrets. Some secrets may crumble everything around them. There is much going on as the weddings draws closer and preparations are made. Just when you think you you know what will happen next, things change. The Winbury's may have lots of money but it doesn't buy any of them the happiness they are looking for. There are secrets upon secrets until someone dies. As the investigation continues the secrets begin to surface. Just when you think you know what happened and who did it there is a new twist. But in the end it all works out in the way it should. I loved every minute of this book and was sad for it to end. I would love for the author to write a sequel to this book and update us on Celeste, Shooter, Benji, Abby and Thomas and of course the perfect couple, Tag and Greer. What their lives may look like a year or two down the road. It could prove to be very interesting.
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on June 23, 2018
Every time I finish an Elin Hilderbrand novel I think it's my favorite, but honestly I don't know that I could pick just one. Her characters are so intricate and dynamic that you can't help but fall in love with them all, feel their highest highs and lowest lows, and laugh and cry along with them. The perfect couple is no exception. With the element of suspense and mystery it became even more of a page-turner for me and I literally could not put it down.
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on July 14, 2018
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.
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on June 20, 2018
The Perfect Couple is all the things I have liked best about Ms. Hilderbrand's books, and it is very like the early novels that got me hooked! The description of Nantucket is vivid and brings me back to my visits there. The privilege of the inhabitants, the understated wealth, the atmosphere are all perfect. On an island where magical weddings happen as routine, the one of Benji and Celeste is orchestrated to the smallest detail. Greer and Tag are the hosts for the nuptials at their palatial waterfront home the weekend following July 4th. By the time the story begins, the participants have been assembled - Celeste's parents whose mother is gravely ill, Benji's brother Thomas and his wife Abby, Benji's best man, Shooter, Celeste's maid of honor, Merritt, and of course, the bride and groom. The mystery begins on that night. While Nick of the state police and the Nantucket police chief try to discover what actually happened that night, the reader is treated to chapters with various time frames and from various perspectives going back two years. As time periods change, some unexpected things occur in this most respectable family and guests, increasing the tension and making the reader question motives, character, and actions of each. I did wonder how this book could possibly have a satisfying end as I neared it, and Ms. Hilderbrand certainly delivered. I was so sorry to see my pleasure end. This is, I believe, one of my very favorite of her books.
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on June 24, 2018
I have read every one of Elin Hiderbrand’s 21 books and loved them all (to varying degrees). The Perfect Couple is the best one. Wonderful characters, a can’t-put-it-down plot, gorgeous descriptions of Nantucket (even some real estate and food porn), humor, mystery and pathos. Don’t start reading it if you have anything you need to do for the next 24 hours.
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on June 24, 2018
This has to be one of her best! Loved every second of it. Could not put it down. Character development was spot on. Elin somehow makes a character charming that you want to hate. Absolutely fantastic!
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on June 21, 2018
Another can’t put down book! I love the way Elin touches on her other books sometimes in the story and will keep you guessing until the very end! Loved it!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon July 13, 2018
Elin Hilderbrand’s novel THE PERFECT COUPLE has it all. Romantic love, familial love, intrigue, secrets, affairs, gossip, police interrogations, mystery… as if you needed anything more. You will be hard-pressed not to be taken in with this cast of characters and this story.

A couple are getting married on a summer weekend in Nantucket. The wedding has been pushed up because the bride-to-be’s mother’s cancer is back, and they don’t want to take any chances. Her parents mean the world to her. The groom’s parents are going all out with the wedding. It is going to be a show-stopper. What could possibly go wrong?

You'll see.

Let the book take you away. You’ll want to read it in one sitting.
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on July 7, 2018
This book is written so beautifully and believably that I felt like I was right there – at the wedding in Nantucket. The first page had me hooked. The Chief of Police receives a phone call that the maid of honor has been found floating in the bay. As the investigation gets under way, I got to know each family member and wedding guest. Who knew each person had so many secrets? Just about the time you think you know who did what – the whole thing takes a twist in another direction; not just once, but multiple times. This book grabbed me from the start and kept the intrigue going right until the final words. Do not miss this book! It’s such a great read and will definitely be one to talk about with friends.
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