Three college friends reunite on Martha's Vineyard for the summer. Expecting a care-free summer, the reunion is really anything but. Dory, who lives on the Vineyard and come from old money. Bearing the name Delano, Dory defies many of the standards for a woman in her position, including being unmarried at age 32. Charlotte arrives at the island with an immense amount of grief. With the ashes of her dead daughter in tow, Charlotte does not plan to visit for long; but has plans of walking out into the ocean and never coming back. Turner is running from some bad decisions made on her blog, hoping a much older man with her home address won't be able to stalk her. Each of these women has a life-changing encounter with a mysterious man on the island known only as the fisherman. Outside the law, the fisherman sells mouth-watering jumbo shrimp out of the back of his truck. The fisherman also seems to have a sixth sense for knowing certain things about people.
The Vineyard was a very surprising read for me, not at all what I was expecting. Each of the women's characters were very in-depth and unique. First introduced is Charlotte. I was not very sure that I was going to like her, quite literally drowning in grief at the death of her young daughter and the Church's refusal to bury her unbaptized remains in consecrated ground, Charlotte makes the decision that if her daughter will not be going to heaven, than neither will she. Charlotte's actions soon after this quickly change my views of her, also the scene of her attempted suicide is very well written and seems honest to the experience. Dory seems very carefree at first, but after her encounter with the fisherman and a grim diagnosis, things seem to change. Turner is a very strange character, often making decisions that seem out of place, however, she uses her friends experiences with the fisherman as stories on her blog and that decision brings around more strange events. The fisherman himself is an enigma, I was wrapped up in solving the mystery around him. Without giving too much away, this was a unique story with excellent characters that went on unexpected routes.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.