The Perfect Couple

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand Book Summary

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.

*New York Times bestseller*

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. Featuring beloved characters from The Castaways, Beautiful Day, and A Summer Affair, The Perfect Couple proves once again that Elin Hilderbrand is the queen of the summer beach read.

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand Book Reviews

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- Too long!4 star

Too many plotlines and too much rehashing.

- Amazing mi amores5 star

Ignore literally ever other review rn and lemme tell u that this book is so good and the ending is spectacular and there is no need to add chapters or more info or anything it was just so good.

- So good!5 star

Loved this book!

- So disappointed - a first1 star

Elin is my favorite author, but the ending of this one actually made me mad! I thought what?! This is it? I needed at least another chapter in this one.

- Disappointing end3 star

Enjoyed the book, but the ending was lackluster and felt unfinished. There was little to no resolution for most of the characters.

- Amazing!5 star

Such an incredible read! My first time reading Elin’s work and I’m now a huge fan. Fantastic read!! I couldn’t put it down.

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- Gority2 star

Intriguing, until you didn’t know how to end it. Very disappointing ending

- The Perfect Couple4 star

Was a very good read. Certainly had some good twists in it.

- Awesome read5 star

Love this book. Actually I love any book from Elin Hilderbrand

- Excellent read4 star

Good read

- The Perfect Couple3 star

I look forward to Elin's books every summer, but this one didn't hold my attention like usual. I didn't love any of the characters and found myself bored and just wanting to finish the book. The ending seemed rushed like there were some chapters missing.

- Must Read5 star

Well written.

- A Great Read!5 star

Loved how the story went back-and-forth between the time after the wedding and the events leading up prior to the wedding. Very cleverly written. Oh, and a surprise ending we didn't see coming. Enjoy!

- The Perfect Couple3 star

Great book until the ending. Very anticlimactic.

- Ok read3 star

I love this author and most of her books. I did not love this book. End was unfulfilling, wish more was answered. Maybe a sequel? Fast read though!

- Loved This Book5 star

I have read almost all of Elin Hilderbrand’s books but this one is my favorite. It is a classic “who done it” book and the ending was a real surprise. I loved all the interesting characters and couldn’t put it down.

- The perfect couple5 star

Great read, one of my all time favorites.

- The Perfect Couple1 star

I found the audiobook painfully difficult to listen to. I found the heroine to be a complete simpleton who strings along a loving fiancé. I felt like I had to dumb-down to get through it.

- Fair story however too much irrelevant info2 star

The story, plot was good and well thought out. However I felt there were too many characters implanted that had no bearing on the story and in fact superfluous. In other words the book could have been more captivating without the authors need to add more pages and characters irrelevant to the story or plot

- Perfect Couple5 star

Terrifically engaging!

- Bad ending not worth it4 star

Every story developed has loose ends and the final mystery solved was so stupid. Sooo disappointed in this. Was a good read until the ending made it feel like a waste of time

- The perfect couple4 star

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- The perfect couple5 star

Captivating & suspenseful to the last page. Written beautifully.

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- Disappointing end2 star

I was hoping for a clever resolution to the mystery but it turned out to be a nothing burger.

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- Delightful, unpredictable love story5 star

Characters well developed and portrayed. I started this book thinking it was a beach story and was surprised that it was a “murder mystery.” The reader really has no idea as to the culprit as many characters have motive or are harboring huge secrets. Though the story really is contained within two days, you are taken back to earlier years a few times (often that can be confusing, but not in this story). I wish there was more as I was left with several “what happens nexts” and I wanted to follow a couple of characters. Thoroughly enjoyed the read, one of my favorites by this author.

- The Perfect Couple1 star

I think it was an enjoyable book. Though I did not almost did not read. Your reference to the young man who died after jumping and breaking his neck. There was no need to put that in the book. It hits home- He grew up in Hingham MA. and many readers in Hingham and Scituate will recognize. I have read all your books but this maybe my last.

- The Perfect Couple3 star

Trite and disappointing!

- The Perfect Couple3 star

A very disappointing ending. Lifetime movie material

- Miss3 star

I couldn’t put it down but the ending was terrible. It’s almost like she ran out of time and left the last chapter out.

- Elin gets better and better!5 star

Loved the book! Couldn’t but it down and now i am bummed I finished it too soon. Great twists and turns, Elin has branched out into the murder mystery realm. Thanks again for a “Perfect Read”

- Loved it!5 star

Really good, could not put it down!

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- The perfect couple1 star

Boring predictable book. The stuttering is a clumsy device.....very distracting to the dialogue. Disappointing

- Couldn’t put down5 star

I loved this novel! One of her best stories yet!

- Hooked from page 15 star

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. An easy read, but a great story with loveable, very human characters..... This is the first novel I've read by this author, but I can easily say that it won't be my last!

- He said. She said. Over and over again...2 star

Disappointing, repetitive plot points. Written for a junior reader except for some sex scenes. Listening in Audible, the poor writing was obvious with line after line of dialogue ending in “he said and she said”. The beginning of the book was better written than the rest of the novel. The main character Celeste’s magical thinking made me think of a five year olds belief in Santa Claus”.

- Weak Tea2 star

I read it, but can’t say I enjoyed it much. The characters were shallow and I couldn’t care for any of them. The law enforcement’s dialogue was silly, at best. Especially the final conversation between the Chief and the detective. Iike the author character who’s 21st book was rejected, I’m rejecting this one.

- Perfect Couple3 star

Good mystery, but the ending is lacking—a real let-down. Misspelled words throughout. However, a good, quick read.

- The Perfect Couple5 star

I loved every minute of this well written book. The characters were so well developed I thought I knew them personally. I fell in love with Nantucket all over again.

- Perfect Couple4 star

Fun read, I fell in love with Nantucket though I have never been there. The story kept my interest, couldn’t quit reading.

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- Didn’t see that coming5 star

This was a really different book than my usual summer reads by Elin that I look forward to every summer, but i really enjoyed it. Still had the Nantucket charm I enjoy, and I certainly didn’t have the plot twists figured out until the end. This book was supposed to last me for the week on vacation, but I found myself wanting to see what happened next and finished it by the 3rd beach day.

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- Perfect Couple5 star

Great read!! I have read every book from this author and I’m never disappointed. Elin really knows how to draw you in and keep you hooked until the last page.

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Kirstenjas- - Good read5 star

I loved it! I’m just getting back to reading and I ended up picking a great book that got me wanting to read so much more..

SerbiaRocks - The Perfect Couple5 star

One of the best stories yet!! Such big plot twists and cliff hangers in the book! Solid 5 stars!!!!!!

Dryden, ON, Canada - Unexpected3 star

After reading every one of her previously wonderful books, I found Elin Hilderbrand’s “The Perfect Couple” to be a disappointment. The plot is basically a murder mystery, and although the time line switchs back and forth, my biggest concern was the large number of main characters. I felt, as a result, few of them were fully developed; therefore I was not completely invested in them. The mystery itself continually held my interest, although I personally found the resolution somewhat flat and disappointing. I highly anticipate Ms. Hilderbrand’s next release this fall, as I’m sure all of her avid readers are.

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Gawaz - Interesting premise2 star

This could have been an interesting read. However, the writing is abysmal. I will never be duped into buying one of her books again.

Winmaster09 - The Perfect Couple4 star

An easy read that kept us in suspense! Can’t wait for the next one. Hope to find out what happened with Celeste and her family! Hopefully they will be back.

Trickrider - Couldn’t put it down5 star

I loved this book! It was like binge watching your favorite tv show....I couldn’t wait to put the kids to bed so I could finish reading it!

Leanne Angela - The Perfect Couple5 star

I consider myself a sleuth, and enjoy when I solve the murder. This time, no ideas. Completely, confused, and wanted everything to work out differently. It was a quick and suspenseful story!

E and E's Mom - The Perfect Couple5 star

One of Elin’s best books! I couldn’t put it down!

pegg12 - Brilliant!!! Absolutely Loved It.5 star

The Perfect Couple is a superbly crafted, captivating, mystery. The most expensive event of the summer on Nantucket was to be the marriage celebration between Benjamin Winbury and Celeste Otis. It was being held at the Winbury’s Nantucket beachfront home. Greer spared no cost in planning Benji and Celeste’s happy day. The only wrinkle, Greer could see, affecting her son’s wedding, was the report of a missing person, and the dead body that was floating in front of their home, the morning of the wedding. Everyone at the Winbury home was being questioned; nerves were on edge, hearts were shattered, fear was everywhere as the intricate web of sordid, dark secrets were unearthed, one by one. The Perfect Couple is an incredible whodunit mystery, crafted with an intriguing plot, flowing dialog and colorful characters. There wasn’t a dull page in the entire book. The characters are beautifully developed, realistic and flawed. I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say that I never figured out who the true villain was. Brilliantly crafted. I loved it! Thank you, Little, Brown & Co. Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

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About Elin Hilderbrand Wiki

Elin Hilderbrand is an American writer mostly of romance novels. Hilderbrand's novels are typically set on and around Nantucket Island where she lives with three children. She was born and raised in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, and was previously a teaching/writing fellow at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.The New York Post called Elin Hilderbrand "The queen of summer beach read".
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