The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A psychological thriller who follows a newly-married couple, as they find themselves joining this mysterious pact which will change their lives forever. We start out with young love between Alice and Jake, seemingly a picture-perfect couple. The Pact is supposedly there to protect their marriage, to keep them together and on the path to their dreams.
But then... everything falls apart and becomes a nightmare. Except their not dreaming; this is reality staring down at them for the "consequences" of their decisions. Some thing in here are funny, while others are just downright creepy...friend. The thing with this book is, it won't let you get your breath, it won't stop for even one minute to let you catch up. The pacing is just that excellently quick, which is good if you have problems with focusing your attention, which is good if you're like me and have problems doing that.
Throughout the book, Alice and Jake manage to break the rules, gets seduced by the image/allusion of these rich people throwing parties at their house, and the original intentions where this Pact was born from. I'm not going to say anymore, except that if you like the sound of this intriguing plot, then this is the book for you. There's no way out of this mess apparently, even though they are both willing to find it...friend.
Furthermore, because Jake is a marital counselor, we get lots of statistics and facts thrown in about the probability of divorce in xyz situations. We get different scenarios of marriages trying to work their problems out, teenagers/children of these to-be-seperated parents,etc. which provides a very in-depth and more delicate look to this topic.
Alice is a lawyer, and I guess that I just never realized how high-maintenance being on the job it. Meaning that Alice is always working over-time, long hours at the firm, so exhausted of being beaten, elated at winning. Which is a thing about books that I enjoy, giving us a simple look-in into the daily lives of these people.
Overall, if you aren't in the mood for chick-lit (this isn't it), but if you want to read a fast paced thriller about an adult relationship and all the intricacies and problems that come of that, this is the book to pick up!
**Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.**
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