Friday, June 25, 2010
With rumors of infidelity straining Greg and Tess MacAvoy's marriage, the couple head out on their sailboat one early summer day to celebrate their wedding anniversary, hoping the roughest waters are behind them. But in an accident off Nantucket, they mysteriously drown, leaving behind two small children as well as the three couples who have long been their closest friends. Tragedy brings to the surface long-simmering conflicts and emotions, and the MacAvoys' six grieving friends find themselves unprepared for the revelation of secret upon secret as the struggle to answer the question: What happened to Greg and Tess?
This is the first novel I've read that has eight major characters, and the story is told from the alternating viewpoints of six of them: the three remaining couples. Initially, I had a bit of trouble keeping track of who was married to who. I finally solved this problem by writing a cheat sheet and jotting down the names of the couples so I could glance at it as I read. I didn't need this prop for long because as I got pulled into the story, it became easier to connect the right husband with the right wife.
This story touches on a number of intimate themes: The relationship of each husband and wife and all of the eight individual's connections with and between each other. It explores how far should a "platonic" friendship go between friends who are married--but not to each other. Can two men really be friends when the most intimate relationship they've had is with the same woman? Can that woman juggle a husband and former fiance and keep everyone happy, especially herself? How long should a man live in a sexless marriage before his patience and his love run out? And most importantly: How the heck did Greg and Tess die?!? I had a number of possible murderers in mind and I dreaded the possibility I may be right. That was the question foremost on my mind as I raced through the pages, and race I did.
Hilderbrand is a skillful writer who seamlessly weaves complex and intricate plot points from multiple characters into a cohesive and heartfelt story. You really get to know these people--their fears, desires, loves and hates. You may even be one of them.
I'm not ashamed to say I shed a tear at the end...ahh...this thing called life...
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