The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond:
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.
Somewhere around 50% of all marriages in end divorce, depressing no? If there was a group designed around the idea of supporting marriage and helping to make the institution thrive instead of fail, would you be interested? In theory, it sounds like a great idea but in practice...
Psychological thriller? Definitely! This premise is something that I can actually see happening...for the most part. I was so intrigued by this concept that I kept talking to my husband about it. I think you will be sucked in as well. Is The Marriage Pact perfect? No, but if you don't mind one or two bits of straying from the main focus a bit, you will keep reading and be as enthralled as I was from page one.
I struggled to like Alice. I felt she was rather immature at times especially when she kept changing her personality to fit with whomever she was with at the time. I identify much more with Jake in this story and felt for him at times when Alice was ridiculous.
This was a very intriguing psychological thriller and even though the last few chapters were a bit clunky for me it is still 4/5 stars read!
"The dimple on your chin makes up for the forehead." I touch my forehead. What the f*ck is wrong with my forehead?
"Marriage is a living, changing thing that you must tend to both alone and together."
"Balance. The Pact is about bringing balance and fairness to a marriage."
Author's site: http://michellerichmond.com/