Hey, I read a book and liked it so much I haven’t stopped reading since. Seriously. I spent approximately 10.5 h reading instead of scrolling through Tik-Tok in the second week of April, which in itself is a victory in my book (no pun!). Anyway, I read The Marriage Pact as the #bookskatlikes2022 challenge prompt: recommended by a friend. What a treat!
Spoiler Alert: Thanks, Helena! This was everything I needed to get me out of the nearly a year long reading slump.
The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond
5 out of 5
Dates read: 09 April 2022 to 11 April 2022
Length: 496 pages
First published in 2017 by Penguin
Recommended by: My friend, Helena
Available to order from Amazon, Waterstones, Bookdepository
Trigger warnings: Infidelity, kidnapping and graphic descriptions of torture
Blurb: 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 thoughts: The Marriage Pact was such a fun time. I really loved the writing, which is what kept me picking up the book at every free moment that I had. I didn’t get bored not even for a moment, and I didn’t want the story to end despite it being over 450 pages long.
I would totally recommend if a dark, thoroughly entertaining, unsettlingly culty, domestic thriller is your jam.. because this is it. Enjoy! 😏