The Castaways Audio Book Review

December 7, 2010

If you are looking for a sad, beach read for any time of year, then you should pick up The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand ASAP. That’s not to say that the book isn’t an immediate page turner as it so eloquently celebrates the relationship between four couples that form a tight knit group in their small Nantucket community.

However, the book starts out on a truly tragic note when one of the couples, Greg and Tess, are killed when out sailing on a boat for their anniversary. They leave behind two twin children, and the accident also devastates their entire group of friends. The Castaways is the affectionate name given to the group of four couples who went on vacations together, spent holidays together, and raised their children together. Now the group of eight is a group of six, and each individual in the group handles the tragedy in their own way.

Of course, there is much more to it than that… Besides the death of one of the couples at the beginning of the book, there is also the question of several affairs going on between members of the group. This causes other friends in the group to question whether or not Greg and Tess’ death was actually a legitimate accident, or perhaps it was on purpose? This book has just the right mix of mystery and intrigue to keep you riveted throughout the entire story. Since the book kicks off with the tragic main event, much of the plot is spent in flashbacks and reflections to explain exactly what motivates each of the characters. As the past unfolds, you will find out much more about who was truly faithful to whom in this group of married couples.

Each of the characters has their own faults and likable qualities so that it is difficult to turn against any one character, even when you find out that they have made their share of mistakes. The ultimate mystery of the entire plot is exactly why this young couple died when they were sailing, and whether there was more to it than a mere accident. Could their deaths have been prevented if they were simply more honest with their friends and with each other?

If you are already a fan of Elin Hilderbrand’s writing, then you will have to read her latest book to find out what happens…

Bethany Ramos is a professional freelance writer that also co-owns her own business, The Coffee Bump. For a great selection of Bunn commercial coffee makers, check out Bethany Ramos’ website today!

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