Monday 17 September 2018

The Marriage Pact - Michelle Richmond ||

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.


I got a bit thrillered out recently and everything read the same, all very similiar and i was guessing plot lines left right and centre so i took a break for a while but then i decided i needed something juicy that would get me hooked from the start and be unlike anything else i had read. I didn't know where this would come in to what i was looking for because i have had it for a while and picked it on a whim.

Alice and Jake are two newly weds who are given a wonderful gift for their wedding day, an invite to the pact. The pact focuses on keeping couples together, focusing on marriage and keeping each other happy. It seems like a great way to keep the couple together. Alice and Jake both find comfort in the idea that their marriage will last.

The rules are simple, don't discuss the pact with anyone. So, the couple are drawn in to the glamourous world of parties with sophisticated like minded individuals. However, it soons turns from too good to be true to a nightmare, the rules are alot stircter than they seem. 

The couple soon are faced with serious decisions in regards to the pact. I was not for one minute bored with this book, i was completely drawn in and havent read anything like this ever before. I was carrying my kindle everywhere to get a few minutes reading in where i could. I just just had to find out more. The pact is so secret alot of the time even the reader is left in the dark up until the last moment.

I really like Alice and Jake. Their personailites were very relateable and their feelings where completly natural and not over the top. They both had different concerns about their relationships and their future. I found i was rooting for the couple and feeling their frustrations, hurt and upset alongside them.

The writing style was fantastic, i found the pacing was fab and the story kept evolving and flowing constantly, there wasn't a dull moment and i was constantly kept on my toes. I really did not expect what i got out of The Marriage Pact and that is by no means a bad thing at all.  I would 100% reccomend this to any readers of a thriller seeking that something different, something that isnt compared to girl on the train like alot of them but is a stand out read by its own rights.

Author Info

Michelle Richmond is the author of the novels THE MARRIAGE PACT, THE YEAR OF FOG, NO ONE YOU KNOW, GOLDEN STATE, DREAM OF THE BLUE ROOM, and the story collections HUM and THE GIRL IN THE FALL-AWAY DRESS. 

"Michelle Richmond has established herself as mistress of the kind of literary mystery which packs the punch of a fine thriller but with added insight and wisdom…." Sarah Broadhurst for The Daily Mail (The Year of Fog)

Michelle's novels are primarily set in San Francisco, California. She grew up in Alabama and lives in Northern California with her husband and son.

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