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Nantucket Nights

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,973 Ratings  ·  758 Reviews
A full moon, a twenty-year-old friendship--
and a Nantucket night no one would ever forget...

For 20 years, Kayla, Antoinette, and Val have performed their own special summer ritual. Once a year, the old friends put aside their daily, separate lives to drink champagne, swap stories, and swim naked under the Nantucket stars. This time though, one of them swims out from the sh
Mass Market Paperback, 345 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2002)
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Jul 23, 2012 Wendy rated it did not like it

NO!! No,no,no,no,no....I just finished this book and feel like throwing it through a wall! What a waste of a perfectly good Sunday afternoon! I don't like to give a book a one star rating but I had no choice on this one. I am so frustrated and irritated right now! I hope that this is a new author (or either her first book and she's developed a lot more technique since writing this one) because this book was so poorly written I am shocked.

The 3 main characters were not likeable
Nov 30, 2011 Jennefer rated it liked it
After having loved Hilderbrand's books, Silver Girl, Barefoot, The Island, etc. I am on a mission to read all of Hilderbrand’s books! Which led me to Nantucket Nights and just like her others this book did not disappoint. Despite having fewer characters, fewer pages, and fewer parallel stories, this book was a far more complex book then some of her others.
This novel is an intricately woven story of family, of friendship, and of our perceptions of the truth. It is the story of instincts and judg
Kelly (TheWellReadRedhead)
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Jul 02, 2012 Cindy rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-read
I see that all my friends really liked this book. I must be the odd one! Some of the things that happened in this book I thought were totally off kilter and not something I could imagine the characters, as Hilderbrand portrayed them, doing.
I have loved the other books I've read by this author; I gave them all 4 stars! If you're trying to decide which one of her books to start out with, my suggestion would be not to start with this one.
I recommend "The Blue Bistro"; now that was a really good b
Lori W
Jan 31, 2010 Lori W rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
So far, meh. Fine for a library book, but she seems pretty formulaic, even for chick lit. Nantucket + affairs + hot contractor husband + a dash of real estate porn. We'll see though.

Finished it, and I still agree with all of the above plus:

- a hurried, impractical ending that didn't really make sense with the characters' established personalities.
- selfish, un-relatable characters
- unexplained plot points

In all fairness, I would actually give this book 1.5 stars, not 1.

Nantucket Nights by Elin Hilderbrand ~ Oh my, what a train wreck this book was! And like they say, I just couldn't look away! Why do I find other people's misery so fascinating?? And it's not the "misery loves company, theory, because I am never miserable! Of course it is fictional misery, but nonetheless....I could not put this puppy down!

Kayla, Val and Antoinette have been best friends for 20 years and every year on the Friday of Labor Day weekend they go out at midnight to the beach for what
Kimberly Patterson
Dec 06, 2013 Kimberly Patterson rated it did not like it
I would say that I hate this book, but that would give this story credit for invoking too strong of an emotion.

The back cover of the book was intriguing, but it stops there. The three main characters had the potential to be very interesting but instead, Kayla is a self pitying whiner, Val is nothing but a cold selfish bitch, Antoinette (who had the most potential) was a closed empty shell, and all three are pathetic.

I find it impossible that three "friends" would ever commit the actions in thi
Apr 28, 2011 Diane rated it liked it
This book is based on the friendship of three women; Kayla, Val and Antoinette. They have been friends for many years and once a year they get together to go night swimming in the ocean and share secrets. On this particular night, one of the friends goes missing. After this the friendship implodes and secrets are revealed.

I was along for the ride for most of the story, but the ending was a complete disappointment to me. I just felt let down by it, there was no real closure in my mind.

What thes
Rachel Defrank
Feb 21, 2014 Rachel Defrank rated it really liked it
Love all Elin Hilderbrand books for an easy, girly, summer read.
Whoa! I read this one fast! I wanted to keep reading and find out more but was also hesitant to finish it. When I like books I don't want them to end. I am always nervous about the ending. Will it satisfy me? Will it end like I want it to end or will it leave me feeling empty?

I liked this story. Three friends meet once a year at the beach to enjoy lobster and champagne, take a swim and share secrets. Fun, right? What's better than that? The simplicity of it all comes to a screeching halt when on
Aug 29, 2012 Marleen rated it did not like it
If these three women, Kayla, Antoinette and Val, call what they had for twenty years “friendship”, then they must have had a very delusional concept of what friendship represents.
It seems to be a recurring subject matter in Elin Hilderbrand’s books to have long-time friends betray each other. It’s not the first story I read by this author that deals with the sensitive subject of friends deeply betraying each other beyond repair. Personally I dislike this subject if it’s going to be the main thre
Michelle Robinson
Nov 20, 2015 Michelle Robinson rated it did not like it
Shelves: wallbangers
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Jun 01, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was ok
Shelves: fluffy, 2012
Kayla, Antoinette, and Val, thrown together on Nantucket twenty years ago, spend one night each year as the "Night Swimmers" drinking champagne, eating lobster, and swimming off the shores of the island. When Antoinette disappears during one of these swims, much about all three women becomes exposed and nothing is as it seems. They will never be the same again.

I usually really enjoy Hilderbrand's books, but this one fell short for me. I wasn't vested in the characters, and the whole story seeme
Sep 02, 2012 Cardmaker rated it it was amazing
Yes, I read the entire book in one day. That is not a typo on my start/finish dates.

I love Elin Hilderbrand's books. I'll start with that. This one has a great story, extremely well written, good characters, and may be the best one I've read by her. All that praise aside, there were characters in the book that I did not like. At all.

I enjoyed the writing. I always enjoy the location. Who can't like Nantucket? Obviously, I'm recommending it.

And for those smart people who are thinking to themselve
Lucas Grandkoski
Nov 05, 2011 Lucas Grandkoski rated it liked it
This is my 3rd Elin Hilderbrand book. I started with Barefoot, which I purchased for my Kindle and thoroughly enjoyed. I have since ordered all of the remainder of her books from either the library or Amazon.

One thing I noticed about this book was that it had much more of a "mystery" feel too. What has drawn me to her books is the great character descriptions and the Nantucket scenery - which is a common theme in all her books.

This book is an intricately woven story of family, of friendship, an
Jul 27, 2015 Alison rated it really liked it
Great summer read. Another good Hilderbrand book set on Nantucket. Kept my interest from the beginning.

Favorite quote from the book:

"To be friends with another woman was difficult, Kayla thought, and painful and complicated. But when a friendship between women was good, it had a sacred, shining power.”

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Jul 30, 2009 Candy rated it it was ok
This book reminded me why I like to read mysteries - even tho they're filled with betrayal, lies, etc., at least there's usually someone who has some moral compass. I really dodn't enjoy reading about people who cheat on their husbands, throw their "friends" under the bus, and just aren't very likeable.
Jun 27, 2011 Barb rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
This was a 1 1/2 star book for me. I finished it so I am giving it the extra 1/2 star. It is a light read, but it reads like a bad soap opera. I don't think I will be reading any more of Elin Hilderbrand's books.
Aug 19, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
One of the best books I've read in awhile. Lots of parts of the plot that made me not want to put it down. I definitely recommend this book!
Shannon Bradley
Sep 20, 2012 Shannon Bradley rated it it was amazing
This book had me constantly wondering and guessing. Still not sure how I felt about the ending though.
Jun 09, 2013 Melissa rated it liked it
I was really enjoying this book until I got to the end. The ending was a huge disappointment.
Beth Orchard
Jul 31, 2013 Beth Orchard rated it liked it
I read another of her books and decided to try her first novel. I was disappointed with the ending, too many resolutions that seemed to come together as opposed to being left for us to think about.

I actually think it would have been better left with Antoinette staying missing. She was a person of mystery. The assumption was all along she just wanted to be left alone. I think it should have been left that way.

Jacob left too quickly and it seems Raoul was so welcoming to Kayla and he got another
Apr 12, 2012 E rated it liked it
At first i was not sure where this book was going or if I even liked it. I decided to read it because the author seems to set her stories on or around Cape Cod which I love having spent much of my time vacationing there in earlier years..

I was ready to give up on this book early on, but I felt there had to be a lesson in it somewhere. I suspect the lesson for everyone is different, but mine was, the only one you can really trust completely is yourself and God. This book makes you re-evaluate wha
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Personal notes (not review): my daughter decided I was reading too many depressing and heavy books this summer, so gifted me with this for my birthday. Quick read, definitely light and beach-worthy :)
Jan 31, 2011 Kim rated it liked it
This is the third book from Hilderbrand that I have read and this book was not nearly as well written as the previous two that I have read and reviewed previously.
Nantucket Nights once again centers around well off women on the island of Nantucket. The 3 main characters (known as the Night Swimmers), go for their annual swim and one goes missing. There in starts the 'murder mystery'. Unlike Castaways or Barefoot by Hilderbrand the plot and character development was rushed and the ending was abs
Amy Abrahamsen
Jul 04, 2013 Amy Abrahamsen rated it did not like it
I have really enjoyed elin hildebrand's other books and eagerly started this but was sorely disappointed. The plot is so far fetched and frankly disgusting. I found it unbelievable that these 3 women would be friends for 20 years, that they would participate in such a bizarre ritual every year, and after the "mystery" is resolved, that Kayla (the main protagonist) would remain friends with such horrible women who truly ruin not only her life but that of her entire family. When I finished the boo ...more
Jun 29, 2011 annelies rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-books
I'd like to give this book 3.5 stars. If you are looking for a quick, easy, summer beach read this will do the trick. A book set in Nantucket about 3 women who are friends and have an annual ritual of swimming at night and telling eachother their innermost secrets. The book is narrated by Kayla who is a mom of 4 children and wife of a Nantucket construction baron. One of the friends goes missing during the annual swim and things proceed to get really messed up in Kayla's life because of it. I wo ...more
Helen Gaye Brewster
Jul 27, 2015 Helen Gaye Brewster rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
This is my third book by Elin Hildebrand and my least favorite. I read "Silver Girl" and "Blue Bistro" and thought they were both good in a chick-lit way. I like the Cape Cod area settings for all her books. And, I admit that I mostly read fairly light books that take my mind off real life. So, Hildebrand's somewhat unrealistic characters are usually enjoyable. But, somehow the characters in this book never seemed particularly interesting, and the sexual relationships ranged from dull to disturb ...more
Raechel Cain
Jan 01, 2016 Raechel Cain rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I honestly couldn't put it down and finished it in two days!!!
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Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.
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