I figured the end of the summer was the perfect time to settle down with a fun beach read. I wasn’t expecting a lot from “Silver Girl,” but I quickly found myself unable to put the book down. It’s a story about Meredith, a woman whose husband, Freddy, has just been prosecuted and sentenced to 150 years in prison for a Ponzi scheme that swindled investors out of billions. Meredith is also being pursued by the feds, who are sure she had something to do with the fraud, too. Meredith maintains her innocence but realizes she needs a place to hide from the media’s prying eyes and the scorn and hate of half of Manhattan. She leaves the city to stay with her erstwhile best friend, Connie. The women had been best friends since childhood but money and marriage had separated them. Connie is still dealing with the loss of her husband to cancer and the estrangement of her daughter. Connie takes pity on her penniless friend and lets her stay with her in Nantucket. But of course, even with Meredith’s attempt to disguise her appearance, people quickly find out she is staying on the island, and soon Connie finds her car tires slashed and her house vandalized. Connie would regret her decision to let Meredith stay, but perhaps the company of her friend is what she needs most of all.
I enjoyed this book so much probably because the writing was so good and the story gave me a new perspective. I had never considered what the wife of such a vilified man would go through in trying to maintain her innocence but also deal with the fact that she had been so blind to the man she had been married to for decades. The topic is, of course, timely and tragic, and I think Hilderbrand was good at showing sympathy for her characters but also forcing them to face up to their flaws. The ending is tied up a little too quickly and neatly, and I expected more from Meredith in that she would finally live up to her potential. However, I heartily recommend this book. In fact, I’m giving it to my mother to read when she comes to visit!