Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Book Review: The Marriage Pact

Title The Marriage Pact
Author Michelle Richmond
Release Date July 25, 2017

In this relentlessly paced novel of psychological suspense, New York Times bestselling author Michelle Richmond crafts an intense and shocking tale that asks: How far would you go to protect your marriage?

Newlyweds Alice and Jake are a picture-perfect couple. Alice, once a singer in a well-known rock band, is now a successful lawyer. Jake is a partner in an up-and-coming psychology practice. Their life together holds endless possibilities. After receiving an enticing wedding gift from one of Alice's prominent clients, they decide to join an exclusive and mysterious group known only as The Pact.

The goal of The Pact seems simple: to keep marriages happy and intact. And most of its rules make sense. Always answer the phone when your spouse calls. Exchange thoughtful gifts monthly. Plan a trip together once per quarter. . . . Never mention The Pact to anyone.

Alice and Jake are initially seduced by the glamorous parties, the sense of community, their widening social circle of like-minded couples. And then one of them breaks the rules. The young lovers are about to discover that for adherents to The Pact, membership, like marriage, is for life. And The Pact will go to any lengths to enforce that rule. For Jake and Alice, the marriage of their dreams is about to become their worst nightmare.

The Marriage Pact is a fast paced and suspenseful read. A crazy and twisty ride from the very beginning, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found myself rapidly flipping pages and devouring the story from the very beginning.

Don't get me wrong, The Marriage Pact isn't a perfect book. It's a bit over the top at times, perhaps. There are moments where you have to suspend some disbelief, but those times didn't take away from my enjoyment of a really engrossing story. Also, the story deserved a more forceful and definitive ending. For the majority of the book, the story is powerful and strong. The ending, though, felt weak and flat in comparison.

Overall, The Marriage Pact was an engaging read. I definitely enjoyed it, but I think it's one of those books that some will love while others will take a pass.


4 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Bantam via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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