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December 8, 2011 / Leslie

Review: Silver Girl

Silver Girl
by Elin Hilderbrand
Narrated by: Janet Metzger and Marianne Fraulo

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.

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  1. Leeswammes / Dec 8 2011 6:13 am

    That sounds like a good read. Indeed a bit more serious than the beach read it seems at first. Isn’t this author known for some other book too? One to keep in mind.

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  2. Diane@BibliophileBytheSea / Dec 8 2011 6:30 am

    I use to really like this author, but have gotten away from reading her over the last 3 years. Dones’t sound like this one would work for me.

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  3. Mary / Dec 8 2011 7:02 am

    I’ve enjoyed a few of her books so I’ll put this on the audiobook list. Thanks for the review!

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  4. sagustocox / Dec 8 2011 8:21 am

    Sounds like an enjoyable read. I’ve participated in some online chats with Hilderbrand and she seems really nice. She’s also sweet in person.

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  5. BermudaOnion / Dec 8 2011 8:43 am

    I enjoyed this one too. The author came here for an event and said she got the idea for the book when she read an article about Madoff’s wife.

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  6. Darlene / Dec 8 2011 1:15 pm

    I’ve got this one on my iPod. I hope to listen to it this weekend. I’m glad to hear it’s pretty good.

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  7. Elizabeth / Dec 8 2011 8:13 pm

    Nice review. I liked this book too.

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  8. TheBookGirl / Dec 9 2011 9:25 am

    I read one of her books many years ago. I sort of always associated her with summer, and beach reading, but it sounds like there might be a bit more to this one.

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