The Castaways Author:Elin Hilderbrand Greg and Tess MacAvoy are one of four prominent Nantucket couples who count each other as best friends. As pillars of their close-knit community, the MacAvoys, Kapenashes, Drakes, and Wheelers are important to their friends and neighbors, and especially to each other. But just before the beginning of another idyllic summer, Greg and Tess are kil... more »led when their boat capsizes during an anniversary sail. As the warm weather approaches and the island mourns their loss, nothing can prepare the MacAvoy's closest friends for what will be revealed.
Once again, Hilderbrand masterfully weaves an intense tale of love and loyalty set against the backdrop of endless summer island life.« less
Castaways was totally enjoyable reading to me. The story revolves around 8 close friends and quickly you feel that you know all eight of them. It was suspenseful, especially in the beginning where there is sad news. The rest of the book is flashbacks to the beginning, which was wonderfully unique. Due to the sad scene, six of the characters all grew into the person who they either really are or were meant to be, by the ending. I'm going to look for the other books by this author now!
Hilderbrand has written a wonderful light mystery in the voices of 6 of the 8 main adult characters. Easy to track despite each "chapter" being voiced by a different person and bouncing back and forth in time. Serious subject matter involves affairs between members of this group of 4 married couples, a suspected teacher/student affair, prescription drug and alcohol abuse, and the care of orphaned children. I will definitely look for more of Hilderbrand's island novels!