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The Castaways

(Nantucket #2)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  33,651 ratings  ·  2,404 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 359 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Little Brown and Company (first published 2009)
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Patti Wheeler I just finished this book and it actually made me remember why I like this author so much. It was good and I really like these books from the perspect…moreI just finished this book and it actually made me remember why I like this author so much. It was good and I really like these books from the perspective of multiple characters. I have read many of elin hildebrand's books in the past, but haven't for a while. I am now starting another one of hers because I really enjoyed this one. I think you will too. (less)

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Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is by far my favorite Elin Hilderbrand novel. I was so emotionally invested in it from the first page and I had a hard time not reading it. I had to know what happened to Greg and Tess. Such a moving book and loved the ending. 5 stars for sure ;) this needs to be a movie and I can't understand why it hasn't been made into one yet! Loved this book! It made me sad, happy, mad.... A little bit of everything, which is what great books do! ...more
Linda C
Feb 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: hated
This book disproves the idea that it is hard to get a book published. It is published and it is absolutely ghastly. What a waste of time!

The only good thing that I can saw about wasting the day reading it was that it was supposed to be snowing, so there wasn't much else to do. The kids were home watching movies or using the computer and all their activities were cancelled because of the snow. This is a book to read either on a snow day or a beach day, and only then if you don't expect much. I wo
Oct 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
Let me begin by saying I truly enjoy "chick-lit". On top of that, I have truly enjoyed several of Hilderbrand's other novels (albeit before I joined Good Reads).

However, I read someone else's review of this book, and although most people loved it, at least one person agreed with me - - - what are these so-called "friends" doing, sleeping around or WANTING to sleep around with each other? And can you really feel sympathy or warmth toward a character that so blithely throws away their own family
Sep 11, 2009 rated it did not like it
Just don't read this book. Too many married people sleeping around, too much profanity, too much drug & alcohol use. I knew it would be a 'light read' but this was just junk - not in the way that an occasional candy bar is junk and fun to eat anyway - but junk in a way that I didn't even enjoy for the lighthearted fare it was supposed to be. ...more
Dec 03, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a typical Hilderbrand tale, which isn't a bad thing. My problem was trying to keep all the couples straight. I couldn't for the life of me remember who was with who. The story was good, but with a very dopey wrap it all up in a pretty bow ending. I don't know why I keep going back to her work, I'm rarely satisfied. ...more
Sep 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
I couldn't get into this book, it was all over the place. Very rarely do I ever not finish a book I started reading even if I have to suffer through. The older I get the more I realize that life is too short to read less then at least good books. I couldn't even make it halfway through. Sorry, I tried. ...more
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed The Castaways. I did read it some time ago and thought I already wrote a review.
In the Castaways a group friends that have to deal with the death of two of their best friends. It did have many points of view so I had to pay close attention at times but I enjoyed knowing what others were thinking. There was a lot going on in this group of friends. A lot of partying which may turn some people off but it was right for this group of friends. Didn't like all characters but people are
Cait Grey
Jun 20, 2011 rated it liked it
I didn't go in with very high expectations, which allowed me to enjoy the book for what it is: a perfect-for-the-poolside, perfectly shallow summer read. Admittedly, it's not so great; the character development from their youth to pre-accident was believable, but the development after the deaths of the MacAvoys was less actual, logical development and more like Hildebrand was casting the melodramatic ideal of soap opera-brand grief on her characters without caring if their actions reflected at a ...more
Just - The romance reader
I give this book two stars instead of one because I haven't actually read the entire book yet. (Honestly, I'm not sure if I will pick it back up later and attempt to.) I really enjoyed "A Summer Affair" so I was excited about "Barefoot" but it just didn't pull me in, so I put it down and moved on to something else after a chapter or two. I had hopes that it was just a fluke and I would eagerly devour "The Castaways".

Hilderbrand has come up with a great plot. Four couples living in Nantucket, sud
Trisha W.
Jul 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
I could not finish this book. I found the writing boring, confusing and not believable at all. The book seemed to ramble on a lot, I kept thinking to myself-'who cares?' at certain parts of the book. The book was confusing with all the different characters. For example, on page 42.. Let me remind you that this is still towards the beginning of the book, their are 8 people in this story and this is the beginning of the book I am still trying to remember names and the author throws names out right ...more
May 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I really wanted this to be the perfect summer read but I had trouble with it from the start. The writing from multiple points of view was not interesting for me, but instead rather hard to follow, and I found myself flipping back to remind myself who characters were far too often. About 100 pages in, it was a tad clearer, but I never really got into the story. For 300 pages of character build-up, I was hoping for a twist at the end, but instead the ending unveiled what the reader would've alread ...more
Jeanne Julian
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
There were only 2 of us in our book group who really liked this book. The other person said she approached it as a "beach book" and enjoyed it as such. I agreed, but I think I give it more credit than that, too. We've read a number of other contemporary novels "formatted" this way, with the chapters each dedicated to a character, told from his or her point of view. I've come to think this trend is in many cases just an easier way for authors to organize their material and move it along, rather t ...more
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
It seemed a good idea: reading this book, Elin Hilderbrand's "The Castaways." the book started out great: a couple dies in a boating accident, and three other couples who they are good friends with are severely affected by their loss. I kind of was drawn in by what could have really happened, as well as the repercussions the incident will do to their friendships. But as I discovered more and more about the characters, I found myself disliking them immensely: drug addicts, depressives, liars. It ...more
Jul 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Elin Hilderbrand is a master at character development. You know what the characters think, wear, eat for lunch, and what they thought, wore and ate for lunch 20 years ago, too. I enjoy that type of character development. That being said, what I find odd about her books is the fact that her characters seem to have a heightened sense of responsibility and integrity in some areas and are totally lacking in morals or conscience in other, more obvious areas. Characters have extra-marital affairs with ...more
Apr 06, 2013 rated it liked it
There are eight main characters in this book comprised of four married couples.

The chapters move back and forth between all eight, causing it to be difficult at first for me to keep them - and their intertwined relationships - straight. I actually made a freaking chart to keep all the characters and their issues straight.

It was a beautiful chart: solid lines connecting the married couples and dotted lines connecting the affairs and other intrigues. I know, I'm way too analytical, but at least
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
I'm not really sure how I felt about this book. I didn't love it, I didn't hate I settled on "it was okay."
I thought there were too many narrators for the story. A lot of times when I'm reading novel, I'll think I wonder what so-and-so is thinking but I think this took it to an extreme. Six points of view is a bit much, if you ask me. But, I also think it would be weird if the story was about six friends and some were left out, point of view-wise...well, actually, now that I think of it,
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
While this one wasn’t perfect - it was SO much better than Beautiful day! The characters were interesting, the friendships desirable and the story satisfying. It was a perfect summer read!
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Laura de Leon
Jun 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I read it pretty much straight through.

I was impressed from the beginning, when the 8 main characters were introduced in a way that allowed me to keep track of them. This is usually a challenge for me. All 8 of them were real people to me, with good points and flaws. I was very frustrated with some of the them at times, which shows the writing drew me in enough to care.

I liked the way the story built and unfolded. I learned more about the characters, The picture of w
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
My mom always picks out summer reads that are about groups of friends (women, mostly). This one was a bit different; it was about a group of friends who are all couples. What happens when one of the couples dies? How do those friendships go on, and how do those different friends deal with grief?

It definitely was a summer read, not one that has terribly deep insights but it is fun to be reminded how intertwined our lives are with some of those around us. And maybe I just needed to read a book ab
Patsy Scharnikow
Aug 20, 2009 rated it did not like it
Really liked Hilderbrand's, Barefoot, but this book was boring. Her characters were supposed to be grown ups but all acted like children. I kept waiting for them to get a grip on things but none of them did until the very end. This book deals with 4 sets of friends all dealing with the deaths of 2 of them and how they all blamed themselves for their deaths. Enough of the guilt...would not recommend. There are too many other really great books to read. ...more
I haven't read a book like this in awhile & it's just what I needed!! I like all the different characters & back story & the mystery of what happened to Tess & Greg. I was not a fan of Andrea though, ugh. Full review to come. ...more
Rachel Peacock
Aug 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
This was a long long walk to nowhere. Excruciatingly detailed dialogue and flashbacks leading to the most boring ending. This book offered nothing. All of the characters are unlikable and nothing exciting happens. And it was sooo long!
Tamara Lane
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm really enjoying this author. I know she's been publishing for quite some time but, as usual, I'm late to the party. ...more
Tracy Marie
Enjoyed this one.

This was a very good read. Enjoyed it very much. It reminded me of something Liane Moriarty might right. Great character building.
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Easy, entertaining read - typical, enjoyable Hilderbrand. This one is about eight friends and their relationships spanning decades. I enjoyed the chapters from each character’s point of view.
I've enjoyed other books by Elin Hilderbrand, but this one was meh. The plot was slow, and the cast wasn't very likable. The only thing that kept me interested was the mystery surrounding the sailing accident. It was a slow reveal which was decent, overall I was happy with the ending.

With that said, there are better novels by this author. If you've never read anything by her I'd definitely recommend starting with a different book.
Allyson Huber
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Giving this 2.5 stars not because it was a bad book but because 3+ stars need to be reserved for better ones. I love a good back story but this one definitely gets a little long and drawn out more than seems necessary without much shock value at the end either. A good read if you have nothing else to do, but I wouldn’t jump at the chance to recommend it to anyone.
Laura D.
Jul 01, 2020 rated it liked it
This one took me a long time to get through. I did not enjoy this book as much as I have enjoyed some of her others. However, I did enjoy reading about a few characters that have been in her other books.
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Very traditional multi-character-and-POV-secrets-revealed-slowly, but enough to keep you reading type story. Oh, and don’t forget the redemptive power of love.
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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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