A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight, 2020
Lizzie and her husband Sam
Zach and his wife Amanda
The Plot (from Goodreads):
Lizzie Kitsakis is working late when she gets the call. Grueling hours are standard at elite law firms like Young & Crane, but they’d be easier to swallow if Lizzie was there voluntarily. Until recently, she’d been a happily underpaid federal prosecutor. That job and her brilliant, devoted husband Sam—she had everything she’d ever wanted. And then, suddenly, it all fell apart.
No. That’s a lie. It wasn’t sudden, was it? Long ago the cracks in Lizzie’s marriage had started to show. She was just good at averting her eyes.
The last thing Lizzie needs right now is a call from an inmate at Rikers asking for help—even if Zach Grayson is an old friend. But Zach is desperate: his wife, Amanda, has been found dead at the bottom of the stairs in their Brooklyn brownstone. And Zach’s the primary suspect.
As Lizzie is drawn into the dark heart of idyllic Park Slope, she learns that Zach and Amanda weren’t what they seemed—and that their friends, a close-knit group of fellow parents at the exclusive Grace Hall private school, might be protecting troubling secrets of their own. In the end, she’s left wondering not only whether her own marriage can be saved, but what it means to have a good marriage in the first place.
I enjoyed this twisty legal thriller. It was full of secrets, marital drama, addiction, scandal, and trauma from past abuse. Some complex topics, but all well-handled in my opinion.
I preferred Amanda’s POV to Lizzie’s, even though we know she dies. She felt more relatable to me than Lizzie–many of Lizzie’s early chapters were too focused on how Lizzie didn’t want to take the case and her stress over her marriage. Amanda seemed more sweet and interesting. I liked how grateful she was to be accepted by the other moms. I did wish she would stand up for herself more, but you could tell she was building the courage to do that!
There were a lot of characters to keep straight. I found myself confusing Sarah and Maude and their husbands, and even confusing Lizzie and Amanda at times.
Overall, a compelling legal thriller with a satisfying ending.