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Nantucket Nights

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  15,020 ratings  ·  1,155 reviews
The ties between women can run as deep as the ocean--but so can their secrets.

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. But on one of those bonding nights, one of their trio swims out fro
Paperback, 233 pages
Published 2002 by Griffin
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Jul 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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
Kimberly Patterson
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
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Elin’s novels always leave me wanting more!

Kayla, Val, and Antoinette are best friends living on Nantucket. They have formed a bond-a secret society (Divine Secrets of Ya-Ya) is what it reminded me of.. and once a year on Labor Day they go to a remote part of the island and eat and swim and share their deepest secrets. These secrets must never leave any of the three women.

On their 20th anniversary of the Night Swimmers, Antoinette swims out and never returns. Val and Kayla believe she’s drowned
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 Lamb
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Lori W
Jan 29, 2010 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.

Feb 16, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elin-hilderbrand
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
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Shannon Bradley
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me constantly wondering and guessing. Still not sure how I felt about the ending though.
I was really enjoying this book until I got to the end. The ending was a huge disappointment.
Apr 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 29, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: elin-hilderbrand
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
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rachel Defrank
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love all Elin Hilderbrand books for an easy, girly, summer read.
Madeline Haddad
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic Elin book that kept me page turning until the end. I wish the ending would have been more than just a few pages.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Different than other Elin Hilderbrand books I've read. I enjoyed the suspense!
Jun 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: entertainment
With a poor attempt at a Lifetime movie-esque title, I knew it would be bad, but not this atrocious! This book has a sloppy plot and attempts to deal with the complex subject of race in an offensive and uncompelling way. The idea was fine: Three old "friends" meet once a year for ritualistic swimming and secret sharing, but one goes missing and is presumed dead. Unfortunately, Antionette is a total bitch and elicits no sympathy. Sure, she has a damaged past, but instead of rising above it, she d ...more
Michelle Robinson
Aug 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wallbangers
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May 31, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, fluffy
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
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition was a quick read, but I didn’t love it. I didn’t love the women, I didn’t love the story, and it was easy to put this book down.

To be fair, I know what to expect from Hilderbrand as I’ve read almost all of her books. I know it isn’t going to inspire any soul-searching, but this left me just feeling kind of blah. There was so much that I read and thought, “wait, WHAT?!” For instance, your daughter’s name is Cassidy B.? Is the B really necessary? It was annoying to read the mother actuall
Lucas Grandkoski
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
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.”

Excerpt From: Hilderbrand, Elin. “Nantucket Nights.” iBooks.
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Jul 30, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 12, 2010 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!
The past few cold months have made me long for days on the beach followed by warm summer nights. When I saw Nantucket Nights by, Elin Hilderbrand, I was hoping it would remind me of summer. The setting was the first thing that grabbed my attention. I have been to Nantucket many times, and loved it, so I wanted to see if it was anything like my experience. Also, the book seemed like it had a little mystery in it. It talked about investigating a friend that went missing. I was hoping the book wou ...more
Shannon Wolf
As a very big fan of the author, I have to say that I’m incredibly grateful I’ve read most of her more recent works before ever making my way to this one.

Had this been the first book of hers I’d ever picked up, I very likely would never have read any of her other books that I so thoroughly enjoyed.

I realize everyone has to start somewhere and she’s definitely improved upon where she started from (this being her second published book back in 2002 I believe) But if you haven’t read this particul
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kayla, Val and Antoinette have been friends for about 20 years. Early on in their friendship, they started a ritual called Night Swimmers. At the end of the summer, they spend the night on the beach eating good food, drink wine, share secrets and swim. On their latest ritual, one of them disappears into the water. Is it something reflecting her first swim? What happens that night brings out more events that test their friendship and Kayla’s family. It was a wonderfully written story and I wished ...more
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Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2017
so glad i read this book because now i have my pal matt to buddy read it with and workout in the gym with him as well!!
this book has honestly been sitting on my bookshelf for at least 2 years and im glad I finally go to it, not what i was expecting at all. wish the ending was more clear on what happens with Theo and his situation but alas not everyone can get a happy ending just i wish he knew the truth so he could move on with his life without feeling so much guilt. and what he did for lindsey
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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.
“lighter now that it was summer. When he was a little boy, he always told her how pretty she was. Now,” 1 likes
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