The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond, 2017
Married couple Alice and Jake
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The Plot (from Goodreads):
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.
This book reminded me of The Chain, which I also loved. Another creepy organization there to control your every move.
I thought the premise of The Marriage Pact was brilliant. What a creepy concept–other people spying on your marriage and punishing you for what you do “wrong”. The members calling each other “Friend” gave me shivers every time.
The book was fast-paced and intriguing, and I was eager to see what Alice and Jake would do in each situation. I had lots of theories as I read, but none were quite accurate.
I liked everything about this book except the ending (if you’ve read it, click the spoilers above for my thoughts). It kind of felt like a cop out, as if the author couldn’t think of a good ending or just got bored of the story. Would have been a five star read if it wrapped up better!
Overall the book was enjoyable despite its flaws.