The Heroine: Meredith Delinn, the wife of famous investment banker Freddy Delinn. When it is revealed that Freddy is operating a Ponzi scheme and is sent to prison, Meredith is forced to escape the media frenzy in Manhattan and rely on her childhood friend, Connie Flute, to hide her at her Nantucket beach house for the summer. Though Nantucket may be the best destination for a care-free summer, Meredith is plagued by the FBI's investigation of her and her son, the loss of her marriage and an unknown stalker, whose threatening actions leave the women scared and vulnerable. Meredith's only solace is her best friend, Connie, and over the course of the summer, both women learn the importance of friendship, forgiveness and love.
The Highs: I absolutely adore Elin Hilderbrand's writing style. Her characters are created to be completely three-dimensional. The author avoids the rich trophy wife stereotype completely: Meredith is instead an intelligent, Ivy-league educated woman, devoted to her sons and known for her trademark horn-rimmed glasses. And instead of the devoted hanger-on friend, Connie is a fiery, vivacious beauty with a penchant for wine and coping with the loss of her husband from brain cancer.
Each character's present actions are so embedded in the past that the effect is pure, steady and consistent characters that have their own unique voices. The sections of the book that focus on Meredith are distinctly her own, just as Connie's ring true with her character. This can be quite difficult to do, so Elin Hilderbrand's masterful effort was both impressive and beautiful, forcing me to fall in love with both Meredith and Connie.
The plot to Silver Girl is crafted just as delicately as the characterization and includes many little twists and turns to keep readers guessing. In light of the Madoff crimes from a few years ago, the subject of "the wife left behind" is relevant, interesting and reads like a juicy look onto the other side of a scandal. I also loved the way flashbacks into the past were integrated into the story. It allowed me to get to know the characters better and it was really enjoyable.
Not only does this book include great characters and an interesting plot, but the Nantucket scenery descriptions are simply beautiful and has left me longing for a beach vacation. Reading Silver Girl leaves you feeling like you're on vacation!
The Lows: I really wish the story included an explanation from Freddy. While Meredith's examination of her husband does seem to explain why he did what he did, I really would have been interested to hear what he had to say. I also wish we knew whether or not Meredith was going to divorce Freddy at the end of the story. Obviously, I loved this book if I adored the characters enough to wonder what happened to them!
Final Thoughts: I loved Silver Girl and I will most likely read it again in the future. Right now, I'm saving up to go out and buy all her other books!
Rating: Silver Girl earns eight glasses of white wine out of ten.
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