Publication Date: 2009
Challenges: Support Your Local Library Challenge #43
This is the story of 4 couples who are close friends. They all live on Nantucket and have known each other for years, vacationed together, raised their kids together and been a tight circle of friends. The book opens with the deaths of one of the couples in an apparent sailing accident. The rest of the book tells of the aftermath of this tragedy on the group and at the same time reveals the history of the all of them. It’s told from alternating viewpoints and reminiscences of all of the remaining six of the group.
For me it was like reading a TV movie made for what most people would consider a ‘women’s channel’. It was a bit of drama, a bit of mystery about what really happened to the couple who died and a whole lot of soap opera. It was the mystery angle that kept me reading. No matter that I didn’t particularly like any of the characters (OK maybe I liked one), I had to continue to read to find out what really happened.
In order to get there, I had to wade through the four couples being intricately intertwined in a series of relationships, affairs, unfulfilled attractions, petty jealousies and all the typical soap opera antics.
All in all it was a quick read that was just kind of OK for me.