Atmospheric, intelligent women's commercial fiction that explores the secrets and lies that can lurk beneath even the closest of friendships.
Elin Hilderbrand is a graduate of The University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop, where she was a teaching/writing fellow. She lives with her husband and their three children on Nantucket, Massachusetts.
an enjoyable story, with humour, drama and interesting characters - Courier Mail on The Islanda brilliant book that explores the joys of family and the bonds that unite women. - Launceston Examiner on The IslandHilderbrand captivates with racy narrative, topical references, and characters who are both familiar and memorable - People'An honest, raw tale of friendship and love' - Cosmopolitan on THE CASTAWAYSReminiscent of Jodi Picoult's work, this is an engaging, intricate read I didn't want to end. - BookbagIt provides a pacey read, with colourful characters that have fascinating motivations. I couldn't get them out of my head for days - Sunday Expressso deliciously addictive that it will be the "It" beach book of the summer - Kirkus Review on THE ISLAND'This book was a great read - you really care what happens to the characters. Perfect holiday reading. I didn't want to put it down' - Candis on BAREFOOT
Meredith and Connie's lifelong friendship broke apart three years ago, but their grief brings them back together in Hilderbrand's absorbing latest (after The Island). Connie is profoundly lonely following her husband's death and the estrangement from her daughter. Meanwhile, Meredith's husband's investment firm has been revealed as a Ponzi scheme, and the ensuing investigation has, in a very Ruth Madoff-like way, separated her from the life she's known. The women retreat to Connie's Nantucket home, where they repair their relationships and their own broken hearts while a series of threatening events keeps Meredith in hiding. Though Meredith's guilty feelings about missing clues to her husband's dishonesty are overwhelming, the kindness shown by people who support her-including Connie's tentative new flame-encourages her to make good where she can. Much of the novel is told in flashback as Connie and Meredith work through their crises, but Hilderbrand's talents keep those memories as resonant as the present day. Longtime fans and newcomers alike will delight in this timely, touching story of loss, love, friendship, and forgiveness. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
When Meredith's husband is nabbed by the feds for orchestrating a Ponzi scheme a la Bernie Madoff, she flees to Nantucket and her oldest friend. But Meredith soon finds she can't hide out forever. Readers will adore Hilderbrand's very human characters. (LJ Xpress Reviews, 5/13/11) (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.