Review: The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand


Release date: June 18, 2018

Publisher: Little Brown

Genre: Women’s Fiction


From New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand, comes a novel about the many ways family can fill our lives with love…if they don’t kill us first.

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 bride-to-be 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. Featuring beloved characters from THE CASTAWAYS and A SUMMER AFFAIR, THE PERFECT COUPLE proves once again that Elin Hilderbrand is the queen of the summer beach read.


I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll repeat myself every single summer, but summer doesn’t officially start for me until I’ve read the latest Elin Hilderbrand novel. While I have several authors on my summer must read list every year, hers are the books I look forward to the most, she really is the queen of the beach read and The Perfect Couple is her best book yet!

While Hilderbrand’s books definitely aren’t always sunshine and cocktails, this was a bit of a departure from her previous books. There’s still that wonderful ensemble cast where you feel like you’re a fly on the wall, and there’s also the stunning backdrop of the now familiar beaches of Nantucket, but this had a slightly darker feel since there’s a murder mystery at its core. Think Liane Moriarty in terms of vibe but set it among the super elite and wealthy and that’s TPC.

This was yet another effortless read, super entertaining and a true page turner. Hilderbrand is such a great writer, she really brings Nantucket to life, you can smell the lobster rolls, feel the sand between your toes and imagine you’re surrounded by the glitzy characters who reside in Nantucket. These characters all had juicy secrets and problems and I was eager to find out what really happened to Merritt and along the way there were plenty of turns. A few characters from her previous novels are featured, catching up on their lives was awesome, especially Chief Ed as The Castaways was one of my favorite books. Recommended to everyone, I’m calling it the must read book of the summer purely based on it’s fun factor alone but it’s incredibly well written and plotted to perfection boot, the ultimate summer read.

The Perfect Couple in three words: Juicy, Secretive and Fun.

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

13 thoughts on “Review: The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

  1. thebookwormdrinketh says:

    I’m always worried about thriller/mystery books with the words “woman”, “girl,” or “couple” in the title… They usually don’t agree with me! Ha ha! But, I’ve been hearing many good things about this one! (… Although, I also heard a lot of good things about “girl on a train”) 😉🍻

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  2. Lu Anne Orons Fisher says:

    What started out as a promising murder mystery dissolved into a ridiculous ending. I have quite a few problems with this book.
    For starters, Celeste. NO ONE would believe that Benji would fall in love with her, or stay with her through her stutter. The whole thing is ridiculous.
    And the ending very anticlimactic.
    A fun summer read…Yes. But ultimately very disappointing ending.
    PS…whatever happened with Shooter and Celeste???


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