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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Michelle Richmond is the bestselling author of The Year of Fog, No One You Know, Dream of the Blue Room, Golden State, and the award-winning The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress. A native of Alabama’s Gulf Coast, she makes her home in Northern California.
MY REVIEW: I would like to thank Michelle Richmond, Jenny Platt, Michael Joesph and Penguin Random House for allowing me the opportunity to read an ARC of The Marriage Pact prior to taking part and being a stop on the blog tour. I can confirm that I chose to read this ARC and all opinions in this review are my own and are completely unbiased.
Dear me! What can I say? I don’t think I actually know what to say!! I’m left a bit speechless after finishing The Marriage Pact. In a good way though, not in a bad way. I’m speechless because I’m a little gobsmacked at the whole idea of this book. I mean, where on earth or how on earth did Michelle Richmond come up with this and due to how good this book is, why on Earth haven’t I read any other books by this amazing author!!??
So, let’s get to the point huh? Jake and Alice are newly weds and receive a wedding gift by way of an invitation to an all exclusive club for married couples only. Now, if this was you and this club offered a happy marriage for life would you take it? Yes, no, maybe?? Well, Jake and Alice did and what followed from the moment they signed on the dotted line was a married life inside a cult so mysterious and damn right frightening I would run a mile (or maybe ten) if anything even close was offered to me.
Now, I don’t want to go into what The Marriage Pact offers to married couples as I don’t wish to give anything away – I would much prefer you to go and make a purchase, read it and I’ll look forward to your reviews. What I can say however is The Marriage Pact is the perfect combination of weird, strange, damn right bizarre and on every level creepy, but if you’re a sucker for all of this like me, you’ll want to snuggle down and dig in deep – that’s just what I did!!