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The Marriage Pact: A Novel Hardcover – July 25, 2017
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“Creepy and engrossing . . . [The Marriage Pact takes] readers deep into the heart of a marriage and exposes some of the darker drives, such as possession and control, that can lurk within even the most harmonious of unions.”—Booklist
“Riveting psychological suspense! This book will keep you up all night, while making you second-guess everything you know and everyone you’ve ever loved.”—Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Right Behind You
“A truly chilling thriller . . . It ranks with The Stepford Wives and Gone Girl as a terrifying look at what it really means to say ‘I do.’”—Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Guilty Minds
“The Marriage Pact is a tense, twisting, quirky novel of growing dread—and a love story with a richly imagined relationship between a wife and husband. Michelle Richmond looks with a gimlet eye at our therapy-obsessed culture and wonders if the experts who claim to have all the cures might themselves need therapy. Gripping, thought-provoking, and irresistible.”—Dean Koontz, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Corner
“Michelle Richmond is, simply put, a great storyteller. And The Marriage Pact, without gimmicks or tricks, is a twisting, suspenseful, keep-you-up-all-night thriller. But it’s more than that, too. It’s a deep, insightful, nearly voyeuristic view into modern marriage—what brings us together, what keeps us together, what tears us apart. A smart, engrossing, scary read!”—Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of The Red Hunter
“With a brilliant premise for a novel of psychological suspense, taut plotting, and deft writing, The Marriage Pact shows in gripping detail just what could go wrong when we try too hard to protect the love we cherish most.”—J. P. Delaney, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before
“Clever and original—as smart as it is scary.”—Gin Phillips, author of Fierce Kingdom
“This sometimes disturbing, always thought-provoking stunner of a novel will keep you reading far too late into the night.”—Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King’s Daughter
“Every page of The Marriage Pact hummed with suspense. A daringly original novel about the best and worst of love—startling revelation after revelation kept me turning pages quickly, but Richmond’s gorgeous prose made me want to linger.”—Carla Buckley, author of The Deepest Secret
“The Marriage Pact is a terrifying thriller that distills modern marriage down to its confusing core. While the events of the novel are extraordinary, the questions that it asks about relationships are universal.”—Nina Sadowsky, author of Just Fall
“First-class suspense! You won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough.”—Paula Daly, author of Just What Kind of Mother Are You?
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.45 pounds
- Hardcover : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0385343299
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385343299
- Dimensions : 6.42 x 1.44 x 9.5 inches
- Publisher : Bantam (July 25, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #720,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How The Pact functioned had several vagueries, as well. For instance, it seemed like they discouraged women from holding down professional career positions, but that didn't go anywhere. Also, were the couples allowed to fight or were they supposed to live this slavish devotion 24/7?
Balancing these weaknesses was the fact that the book explored the idea of a good marriage versus one that is headed for trouble. It certainly was a different premise, and Ms. Richmond has a strong writing talent. Perhaps in the end, my 3 stars is based more on the fact that I couldn't see myself or anyone I know in the characters' shoes making the choices that they did, and that emotional distance left me feeling less than satisfied with the ending and too focused on the storyline gaps.
I received an ARC from NetGalley.
The Pact is designed to make marriages last and happy. But there are rules to follow, Always answer the phone when your spouse calls, exchange gifts once a month, plan trips once a quarter. And never, ever mention The Pact to non-members, to name a few (there is a manual full of all the rules) Break any of these rules and there will be consequences. Oh yeah and once you sign the contract, there is no leaving The Pact.
Jake and Alice do become members and at first everything is fine. And then a rule is broken, a minor one. Then another one. As things start to escalate Jake and Alice realize they are trapped within The Pact.
The book is told from the point of view of Jake. The very beginning of the book was a bit slow for me, but at about 20% it picked up and was real good. Then at about the half way point it just soared. I didn't want to put it down.
I am still pondering what I thought of the ending. It makes you think and come up with your own conclusion, which I am still doing LOL
Alice, a lawyer and Jake, a therapist, tie the knot. A last minute invite to the wedding is one of Alice's clients, who hands them an unusual gift. Membership to The Pact, a group who focus on keeping marriages together.
There are rules to follow, such as always answering the phone when your spouse calls, attending quarterly Pact parties, presenting your spouse with a gift every month and never, ever discussing The Pact.
What they do not know is that there are serious repercussions for not following the rules, The Pact always knows when you don't and you can never ever leave. ( a bit like Hotel California 🤣)
I found it slightly reminiscent of the old Tom Cruise movie, The Firm. It made for a very entertaining read and different from the usual offerings. Some people may find the "repercussions" slightly unsettling though.