rhia reviews | The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

31748890Newlyweds 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 Goodreads rating: ★★★★☆

Release date: July 25th, 2017

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This novel is a wonderful mix of cute, creepy, and downright bizarre. Newlyweds Alice and Jake receive a bizarre wedding gift from a new friend: an invitation to join an elite club with the aim of keeping their marriage from ending in disaster. But do they really know what they’re signing up to?

The answer, of course, is no. Like most people, Alice and Jake don’t read the small print, and the Pact turns out to be the most peculiar and dangerous group they could ever have imagined.

I loved the twists and turns in this novel. It really doesn’t take the path you expect it to at all! The Pact is a sinister overseer to this whole story, at first constantly in the background and gradually becoming more threatening. I really liked reading how the Pact’s rules got more and more bizarre as our protagonists got deeper into the group.

I do think some of the rules are quite sensible – always answer the phone when your spouse calls (my boyfriend has a habit of not picking up the phone or replying to my texts unless I spam him and it drives me mad!); buy monthly gifts; plan a trip every quarter etc. I do think following those rules makes for a better relationship – and it keeps you in a routine, which I love because personally I’m a stickler for routines – but some of the rules and regulations get a little excessive and actually a bit scary as time goes on. Well done to the author for creating such an excellent sinister, creepy aura in what you expect to be another chick-lit novel.

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