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Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Marriage Pact: A Novel by Michelle Redmond

Setting: San Francisco
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: July 25, 2017



Where to begin? I was mesmerized and horrified by The Marriage Pact. I hated it, loved it, and was terrified by it all at the same time. It's been a very, very long time since a book has pulled my emotions in so many directions. Kudos to Michelle Redmond for that.

Alice and Jake were friends first and married feeling it was the natural step to take. Alice, a rock star turned lawyer, and Jake, a psychologist, have a laid back, dream wedding and are ready to start this new chapter of their life together. A mysterious wedding gift has them both curious to learn more.

The Pact is a program designed to make a marriage last forever. The couple are instantly taken up in the thought of being in an exclusive group where everyone strive to remain happily married for life. They love the ideas of giving surprise gifts monthly and taking two vacations together each year. What they don't realize is that the program will take extreme measures to ensure success. There's a dark side to The Pact that will have them both questioning their involvement and if there's any possible way they can make it out alive.

The Marriage Pact is not predictable. It starts off making sense and then gets terrifying. I could see exactly how a couple would fall for the program's charms, sign the contract, and then find themselves in a living nightmare. That made me want to fling the book against the wall out of sheer frustration for Alice and Jake, yet I had to keep reading to see if they could escape their situation. It's a clear edge-of-your-seat story.

I had to read the book in one sitting and am glad I did. It's a chilling read for these hot summer days.




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