Perfect Couple

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

HI there, I’ve just finished The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand. Generally speaking, I like mysteries although I do read some other genres, such as in this post or this post. I’ve seen this author’s books on the Best Sellers List a lot. But had never read any until this book. I picked this because of the blurb. Thought it’d be a mystery or suspense novel.

The Blurb from Amazon

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 Madaket 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 ceremony 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 Harbor 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.
What I think

Well, I was wrong. It is sort of a mystery since somebody died, but it’s not exactly the type of mystery I normally read. It has a “soap opera” feel to me. The focus isn’t on the police procedure. The theme is more like “what makes a perfect couple?” Or, “if there’s such a thing as a perfect couple?” The investigation seems really questionable. I suppose if I read this as a woman’s fiction, maybe my expectation would be different. I didn’t like the main characters, except for Benji (he seems okay.)

The author tells the story from several characters’ viewpoints and she also shifts from the past to the present. The first time, I got confused since I wasn’t paying attention to the dates. Then, I had to remember to look the name up top to see whose head the author was in at that point. Now, I can see why my fiction writing instructor didn’t recommend this viewpoint technique.

All in all, the book is fine–just not my taste. I gave it a three star.

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