Review: Silver Girl
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Hachette Audio (a Reagan Arthur Book)
Publish Date: June 21, 2011
Format: Audio CD | 14 hours and 28 minutes
Rating: 3½ of 5
A story that could be ripped from the headlines of the recent Bernie Madoff scandal, Silver Girl tells the tale of
Meredith Delinn, a woman whose lavish, extravagant lifestyle comes crashing down when her husband, Freddy, is arrested for cheating investors out of billions of dollars. Meredith and her sons are now under investigation; she’s lost her home, her possessions, her friends and her place in society.
In desperation Meredith turns to her childhood best friend, Connie, who is about to depart for her summer home in Nantucket. In spite of a falling out the two had a few years ago, Connie opens her home as refuge to Meredith. Connie isn’t without her own problems and she is still grieving over the recent death of her husband from cancer and the subsequent estrangement of her daughter.
The narrative alternates between Connie and Meredith with the story going back and forth between the past, where we learn more of their early relationship, and the present in Nantucket. Despite delving into sometimes heavy subject matter and complex issues, I found the book to be engaging and straightforward. The story flows nicely and the writing style made it easy to listen to, complimented by a nice audio production. It was much more than the “beach read” I was expecting.
From the novel’s description I thought Meredith would be one of those whiny and demanding rich women and I was prepared to dislike her from the start, but often she seemed human and vulnerable and I liked her. As the story progresses we see that both women have problems, both are flawed and together they help each other learn and grow stronger.
At times the story got a little predictable, like when Connie’s house is vandalized because she lets Meredith stay with her and of course Connie won’t let Meredith move out because she’s just too nice and is the perfect friend. And there is a happy ending where all the pieces suddenly fall together. But overall it was an enjoyable story about friendship, love, loss, and forgiveness and I would recommend this to readers who enjoy the genre.