Title: The Marriage Pact
Author: Michelle Richmond
Pub. Date: 7/25/2017
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.
My Review: 3/5
The premise of this book blew me away, a cross between Fight Club and Eyes Wide Shut. A secret society just for married couples, but with dire consequences. I just knew right off the bat that I was going to love this book. However, I didn’t. I wanted to so much, but it fell short for me.
First the good parts. The whole premise (like I stated above) was perfection. It is unique and unpredictable. As a wedding gift, Alice and Jake receive an inviation to join The Pact. It is an exclusive club where the main purpose is to keep couples’ marriage intact. With so many divorces ocurring, the intentions are great. But, along with the membership is a long list of rules, each with it’s own set of punshiments.
The list of rules to follow was interesting and made me even think about my own marriage. They’re quite simple actually: always pick up your spouse’s phone call, buy each other gifts, plan frequent trips together. Sounds great! In fact, I talked to my husband about it and said we should do some of the things mentioned. Again, I loved the storyline.
However, that’s about as far as I can go with the praise. The story fell short for me. I didn’t like Jake or Alice (or any of the other characters), and felt there was zero chemistry between them. Their relationship almost seemed shallow. It’s not a spoiler to say rules were broken. When the punishments took place, I really didn’t care. Part of me was even routing for them to split up. How wrong is that?!
As this is labeled suspenseful, I didn’t find any suspense (or romance or twists and turns). I found the book borderline boring, and it took me a lot longer to read than I thought it would. I finished it, but it was a struggle.
I hate that this one fell flat for me. As soon as it popped up in my Netgalley feed, I wanted to gobble it up. So upset it didn’t work for me.
***Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.