On the surface "The Castaways" are a group of 4 couples living year-round in Nantucket who share a special bond. Their group of eight work together, play together, vacation together, and are raising their kids together. When Tess and Greg, two of their group of eight, die tragically while on a sailboat trip on their 12th wedding anniversary, the group quickly begins to fall apart, revealing cracks in their relationships with each other and in themselves that were there all along, yet hidden. While the remaining 6 try to deal with their grief about the accident and try to decide what to do with Greg and Tess' 8- year-old twins, they must also try to deal with the newly revealed parts of themselves and eachother that have remained secret until that point. Together they must work towards trying to heal.
The Castaways sucks you in. Not only is it an intriguing read (essential information about Tess and Greg's lives and deaths are revealed bit by tantalizing bit), but the character developments were outstanding. Usually I read a book and feel connected to only one, or possibly two characters, by Elin Hildebrand presented her characters in such a way that I was rooting for a happy ending for all of them.
Scandalous, mysterious, yet heartwarming as well, this is a fabulous summer book for anyone looking for a little depth in their reading material. Thanks to Miriam at the Hachette Book Group for the review copy! For more reviews visit: