Many intrepid readers are already familiar with Hilderbrandâ€™s work, as eir 2007 novel Barefoot was a mainstay on the New York Times bestseller list for a solid half-year. The Castaways surrounds the interactions between four families: Kapenashes, Wheelers, Drakes and MacAvoys â€“ that end up vacationing together practically every year. Where the groups have a very clean air around them, certain issues present ensure that no family is truly innocent. For example, Greg and Tess (MacAvoy) are attempting to keep their marriage together after it comes out that Greg was cheating on Tess with a high school student.
In order to clear their heads and to try to salvage what they once had, Greg and Tess look to drop everything on land and take a romantic vacation out at sea. Rather than coming back with renewed vows, they come back dead; what exactly happened to these two, and how do each of the other aforementioned families weigh in to the mix? Hilderbrand here really comes forth with a strong writing style that roots itself in classic suspense works, while creating a working interpretation of real life. Fans of Barefoot will like what ey does here, and anyone new to Hilderbrandâ€™s work would do well to pick up The Castaways.
What I feel to be the strongest part about The Castaways would have to be the fleshing out of the motivations and roles of each of the novelâ€™s main characters. Where the issue about marital infidelity seems a little outside of the norm for most, it is not outside the realm of reality. How each of the characters deal with this issue are understandable; I know that I would be sublimely hurt if my significant other cheated on me. Without anything in the way of weakness to be had here, The Castaways will likely be on the top of the New York Times charts for at least as long as Barefoot was. Check it out.
The Castaways (Novel) / Elin Hilderbrand / $24.99 / 368 Pages / Hatchette Book Group / http://www.hbgusa.com