Audiobook Review: The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

The Perfect Couple
Elin Hilderbrand

(3.75 stars rounded up to a 4)

Even though summer is over, I decided to try one of Elin Hilderbrand’s popular beach reads. I listened to the audiobook version of The Perfect Couple. This is the third book of the author’s Nantucket Series and, although I hadn’t read the first two, the story is very easy to follow as a standalone.

Set on Nantucket, Massachusetts, the story begins on the eve of Celeste Otis and Benji Winbury’s wedding and it’s a classic story of the stark contrast between the wealthy and regular folks. Benji’s parents are English and dripping in money. His mother, Greer, is a famous mystery writer and his father, Tag made his money in a vaguely-described investment career. Benji sits on some boards and lives in a penthouse apartment in Manhattan, with a trust fund coming his way. Celeste, however, comes from much more modest beginnings in Easton, Pennsylvania. Now she is the head herpetologist at the Bronx Zoo’s World of Reptiles. Her parents, Bruce and Karen, work every day jobs: Bruce in the men’s department at Nieman Marcus and Karen at the Crayola factory gift shop.

The Winburys are revered and established vacationers on Nantucket and the lavish wedding will take place at their Summerland retreat by the sea. Karen Otis is dying of breast cancer, Greer has taken over the wedding plans, and money is no object.

Guests arrive for the rehearsal dinner and are greeted with plenty of lobster, oysters, fancy hors d’oeuvres and strong drinks, prelude to a fancy dinner. As the alcohol flows, things begin to happen. But despite drama between various characters, all systems are go for the wedding until a shocking death halts the plans.

As details emerge, Chief of Police Ed Kapenash investigates and several guests are under suspicion. Between Kapenash’s investigations and alternating chapters in which the reader learns how Celeste and Benji meet and the back stories of both families, Hilderbrand challenges the reader to come up with a definition of the perfect couple.

The Perfect Couple is a true beach read as well as a light mystery, told in an expected soap opera format. Stereotyped characters and lots of references to brands, fashion, food and local attractions are a given. This story is in the pure entertainment category, with some touching moments and more serious themes, including love, family, and friendship. I enjoyed listening to this story and recommend it when you’re looking for something light and fun.

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16 thoughts on “Audiobook Review: The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

    1. Hi Tammie – I’m always curious about genres I don’t read much. I’m not sure I’d read a lot of her books, but this one was fun to listen to during my walks. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are doing well. 🙂

    1. The book was pretty long, but the words went fast! Perfect to listen to during a walk. I prefer reading print books, but always appreciate a good listen. Thanks for the visit, Marian.

    1. Hi Stephanie. I jumped in blind, based on what I could download from the library. I enjoyed it. A little over-the-top in the soap opera sense, but I admit I like that now and then 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Hi, Barb – Thanks for this review. I just recently tried Although I greatly enjoyed the book (Caste), listening on audiotape is a skill that I have not yet mastered. You know what they say about old dogs and new tricks. But I will try again and see how the second listening goes.

    1. Hi Donna. I understand that and when I listen to a book, I have to resist the urge to write down who’s who and other things. I’ve learned to just listen and enjoy the story. It’s harder to keep track when the story lines become complicated and the number of characters increases, but I’ve forced myself to give up the note taking during an audiobook. I still prefer print and sometimes I’ll check out the print book too! Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

  2. Great review, Barbara! I haven’t read this author but have heard of her, and this book sounds like a fun, light read to simply escape into. I’ll add it to my list. Have a good weekend!

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