Monday, July 31, 2017

Review: The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

The Marriage Pack
by Michelle Richmond
  • Publisher: Bantam (July 25, 2017)
  • Publication Date: July 25, 2017
  • Sold by: Random House LLC


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.

My Thoughts:  I was very curious after reading the synopsis of The Marriage Pact and couldn't resist checking it out for myself.  When I first started reading it, I kind of had a difficult time getting into the story.  However, the more I read, the more curious I became.  What started out being a kind of mundane story about life, marriage, and the struggles the characters face as they are both confronted with their past, present, and potential future, turns into a psychological thriller that is both bizarre and suspensful, and really makes you think.  

Alice and Jake get invited to be part of the Pact, which on the surface sounds wonderful, almost too good to be true.  However, once you enter, you may never get out.  Almost cultic in its practices, some of which are almost beyond belief, you can't help but follow the story to see just what happens to these two characters.  Even the ending, though satisfying, is also mysterious and thought provoking.  While not something I normally read, I can say that The Marriage Pact is definitely a story that I won't forget.
3.5 Hearts

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