The Marriage Pact: A Novel by Michelle Richmond

The Marriage Pact
Michelle Richmond

How far is too far when it comes to protecting your marriage? Find out in this relentlessly paced novel of psychological suspense. "Gripping, thought-provoking, and irresistible."--Dean Koontz 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 found this story intriguing.  The idea of a secret society whose sole purpose is to insure your marriage lasts is like nothing I’ve ever imagined.  What if this was an actual thing??  Can you even imagine?

The storyline flows very nicely and the book is, overall, well-written.  I enjoyed the characters, although at times I didn’t find them believable.  The actions of some were just not exactly what I would envision.

This book has almost a dystopian feel to it, even though I don’t think that was the author’s intentions.  I would recommend to anyone who likes a twist on a secret society novel; this certainly is different!

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About the Author:

MichelleRichmond2013Michelle Richmond’s most recent books are the political thriller GOLDEN STATE, which imagines modern-day California on the brink of secession, and the story collection HUM, winner of the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize. Both were published in 2014.

She is also the author of the New York Times bestseller THE YEAR OF FOG, which was a Library Journal book of the year; NO ONE YOU KNOW, DREAM OF THE BLUE ROOM, and the story collection THE GIRL IN THE FALL-AWAY DRESS, winner of the Grace Paley Prize for Fiction.

Michelle holds an MFA from the University of Miami, where she was a James Michener Fellow. Since 2010, she has served on the board of the Authors Guild. She lives in Northern California with her husband and son.





Here goes my little disclaimer…

Thanks goes to Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine and Netgalley for allowing me the opportunity to review this book prior to publication. All opinions expressed in this review are solely mine and I did not receive any payment.

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