I am delighted to be able to share my thoughts on “The Marriage Pact” by Michelle Richmond. It is available in Hardback and eBook format now, Paperback is due for release on 14th December 2017, published by Penguin Books. I was originally sent an invite to read this from Michael Joseph Books via NetGalley, my views expressed are my own and are unbiased.
- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (14 Dec. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718186133
- ISBN-13: 978-0718186135
- Purchase from Amazon UK ~ Amazon US
Would you stake your life on your marriage?
Newlyweds Jake and Alice are offered a mysterious wedding gift – membership of a club which promises its couples will never divorce.
Signing The Pact seems the start to a perfect marriage.
Until one of them breaks the rules.
The marriage of their dreams is about to become their worst nightmare.
Because The Pact is for life.
And its members will do anything to make sure no one leaves . . .
‘A brilliant premise . . . tautly plotted and deftly written’ J P Delaney
‘Beware. This will keep you up all night’ Lisa Gardner
‘You won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough’ Paula Daly
When I received the invite to read this book, It was a very quick response that yes I really wanted to read this. I was not disappointed, from the outset I was hooked. The story is told from the perspective of Jake as he relates his experiences of his relationship and then through his marriage to Alice. But one of their wedding gifts is an unusual one, entry into a group that promotes marriage. The Pact is a group that helps to guide and support their members to achieve and maintain a successful marriage. At first it seems okay, little things such as giving your partner a gift each month, making time for your partner, answering calls straight away, attending meetings, having regular holidays together. It all sounded great and doable, until that is, you miss one of the rules. Yes all these guidelines of things to do are rules, and if you break a rule there are consequences.
Oh my goodness, this is a book that makes you think. It is quite scary how, as you read, you find yourself agreeing with some of the ideology behind The Pact, spending time with your partner in this fast paced world we live in is a definite must. At this point you can see how Jake and Alice saw no problem being part of the group. Then as the story deepens you see another side to the group. I am not going to say any more on this, I just ask that you go and buy yourself a copy of this wonderful book to find out more.
What I expected from this book and what I experienced are two completely different things. There is a sense of foreboding with the synopsis, but I did not expect what I read. It is psychologically deeply twisted and sinister and also very believable. It is that believe-ability of the plot that is the real hook for this book, in my opinion. As you meet other characters your opinions will change about them, as you realise you don’t know who you can trust to tell the truth. They refer to each other as “Friend” rather than by name, keeping things slightly impersonal, a great touch to raise the suspicion level. It has a fast pace that adds to the thrill, i did find a drop on a couple of occasions, but not enough to take anything away from it
So, if you like to read very suspense filled, sinister, psychological, deeply twisted and believable read then get a copy of this book. It is one I really recommend reading. My thanks to Michael Joseph and NetGalley for my copy of this book, my thoughts are my own and are unbiased.
About the Author:
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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