The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

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Would you stake your life on your marriage?

Newlyweds Jake and Alice are offered a mysterious wedding gift – membership of a club which promises its couples will never divorce.

Signing The Pact seems the start to a perfect marriage.

Until one of them breaks the rules.

The marriage of their dreams is about to become their worst nightmare.

Because The Pact is for life.

And its members will do anything to make sure no one leaves . .

 

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So Very Different to Any Other Novel!  4starstr

I can honestly say this is a totally different book to any other I’ve read – and I’ve read a lot! It reminds me both of the Stepford Lives and a Michael Douglas film titled The Game. Although quite dissimilar to both of these, it’s in that strange ‘removed from real life’ category.

Alice & Jake, newly wed, receive a one-off wedding gift which turns out to be an invitation to join a secret group of people with the aim of conducting their marriage by a set of rules and regulations set out by the founder of ‘The Pact’.  Followed up by a personal visit they sign on the dotted line – and I spent much of the book asking myself why? I wouldn’t have signed it – I don’t think many would, at least not without doing full research into what they were signing up to – but they did and here the story begins.

I don’t think enjoyment is a word I would use in relation to this novel, but it is a strangely compelling read. Creepy, weird and quite shocking at times but once you begin you have to keep going to see what happens next. The end arrives quite abruptly and I wonder if the author planned it that way or just ran out of ideas? Either way, if you are looking for a very different kind of novel to absorb you, don’t pass this one by.

My thanks to publishers Penguin for approving me to read this one via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: thriller

Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 2247.0 KB

Print Length: 415 pages

Publisher: Penguin

Publication Date: 27 July 2017

 

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