Jun 20, 2010

The Castaways by 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 killed 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.


Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, PA, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her seven previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of John Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.


Jeffrey and Delilah, Ed and Andrea, Tess and Greg, Phoebe and Addison.  These four couples were somehow brought together in friendship on the island of Nantucket, and they developed an insanely tight bond.  At times it seemed like it was just the eight of them on a deserted island.

Their friendship developed so many twists and turns over the years.  Drug problems, marriage infidelities, tragically ended pregnancies, and so much more.  But none of them were prepared for the devastation of losing one of the couples to a sailboat accident.

When Tess and Greg died, the biggest struggle for those left behind was to find out what really happened on that fateful day. Privately, each of them felt responsible and felt they could have done something to prevent what happened.

The Castaways is filled with passion, betrayal and suspense as it probes the boundaries of friendship and forgiveness.  A great summer read!

For a chance to win a copy of this book, check out my giveaway, which ends on Friday, June 25. (Comments left on this post will not count as entries for the book giveaway.)

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Hachette Books. Opinions expressed in this review were not impacted by the receipt of the free book.

The Castaways: A Novel
Publish Date: 6/8/2010
Price: $14.99/$17.99
ISBN: 9780316043908
Pages: 400


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  2. Thanks for this review. I havent read this author at all and am interested in this book.