The Marriage Pact – Michelle Richmond | Review

I can’t remember the last time I read a good thriller. Until this. Although truth be told, I’ve never been massively into the thriller genre, not for any particular reason other than I’ve never strayed into in. But after reading the synopsis for this I just knew I needed to read it.

‘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.’

Without having many other thriller books to compare it too, I’ll choose instead to say it’s one of my favourite reads so far this year. I honestly finished it within a few days because I just couldn’t put it down, and when I did put it down, it was all I was thinking about and let me tell you, it’s been a long time since a book has managed to do that. I think for someone who was relatively new to thrillers, it was a great introduction, although I did find it a tad slow at times. There are a few chapters scattered throughout the book that look at Jake and Alice’s relationship before they were married, and honestly, I found these chapters dull and didn’t really feel like they added a lot to the story. So I found myself mostly skim reading these chapters, eager to get back to the good stuff. Boy let me tell you, the good stuff was good. I never knew what was going to happen next and there were multiple times I was shouting at Jake in my head because he was being reckless or stupid and The Pact were bound to find out. It continually had me guessing, which I suppose is a solid indicator of a good thriller.

My only slight let down was that the ending was a tad predictable. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t see it coming until the last few chapters but when I started to guess where it was going, I lost a tiny bit of enthusiasm. A tiny bit. I still found myself engrossed and eager to find out what happened but I was a little sad that I’d figured out what was going to happen. Still, every other twist and turn had me on the edge of my seat and I flew through the book wanting to know what was going to happen. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is new to thrillers or already loves them, this has definitely encouraged me to put some more thrillers onto my TBR list.


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