Friday, August 5, 2011

Silver Girl

Silver Girl, by Elin Hilderbrand.

"I want to give you a place to rest your mind. I want to spend time with you. I'm not completely selfless, Meredith. I'm lonely, too. I've been lonely every hour of every day since Wolf died. Ashlyn has made herself a stranger to me. We don't speak. There was a misunderstanding at the funeral." Connie shook her head. She didn't want to think about that. "She has no idea how cruel she's being. She won't understand until she has children of her own."

"I'm sorry," Meredith said. "If it makes you feel any better, I'm not allowed to contact either of the boys because of the ongoing investigation. And although Freddy isn't dead, he might as well be."

There was symmetry in their situations, but Connie didn't want to contrast and compare to determine whose situation was worse.

Meredith Delinn is married to billionaire Freddy Delinn, who is currently under investigation for operating a Ponzi scheme. The Feds think that Meredith was in on it as well, and they are planning to raid her apartment; before they do, however, she scatters to the safety of Nantucket for the summer, where her childhood friend and recently widowed Connie has a house. Meredith is hurting because she isn't allowed to contact her sons, in case they may have something to do with the scheme as well, and Connie is still not over the death of her husband, Wolf, almost two years ago, and the fact that her only child, Ashlyn, isn't speaking to her. Together, they will navigate through the events of their summer on Nantucket, some of which may be surprising.

I have read a few of Elin Hilderbrand's books and they are always interesting; this one was no exception. The characters are all very "real" feeling and easy to relate to - you could imagine knowing them in the real world. Freddy Delinn could be any number of characters in our current world that has come under fire for such things, and as such made for an interesting situation. I liked that the setting was in Nantucket as well, where the author lives, and where Meredith tries to seclude herself from the prying press and the investors that lost everything in Freddy's company, Delinn Enterprises, since they didn't know exactly how he was making money for them.

4.5 stars out of 5.


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