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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
It has been over a week since I listened to "Silver Girl" by Elin Hilderbrand, narrated by Janet Metzger and Marianne Fraulo. I waited on purpose so that the words would simmer within me.
This is the tale of two women, friends since childhood, Connie and Meredith. As it often happens they grew farther apart as they grew older. Connie married Wulf and gave birth to a daughter Ashlyn. She was devastated when Wulf died of cancer and her daughter blamed her for his death. Like her mother, Connie turned to alcohol to numb her pain.
As a young adult Meredith fell deeply in love with Toby, Connie’s brother; after he rejected her she turned to Freddie. Connie and Freddie had two sons. Connie was shocked when Freddie was charged with running a ponzie scheme. The prosecutor was investigating one of their sons and Connie, as co-conspirators. For years Meredith had lived a life of luxury but suddenly she had nothing, no money and nowhere to live. It was only natural for her to turn to Connie.
In "Silver Girl" the crime of stealing from others takes second place to the relationship between the two lead characters. Connie and Meredith had little in common. Connie tended to be harsh whereas Meredith was soft. I think that is what most friendships are made of, differences. The characters were very well developed and soon became part of me. I have never physically been to Nantucket but Hildenbrand transported me there through her descriptions. I liked the fact that two narrators were used. By switching back and forth in reading the story it seemed more lifelike, more realistic. I’ve long been a fan of Hildenbrand and believe this is her best work to date.
Everyone should have a friendship like Connie and Meredith.