The Marriage Pact

The Marriage Pact

A Novel

Book - 2017
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How far is too far when it comes to protecting your marriage? Find out in this relentlessly paced novel of psychological suspense for anyone who loved The Couple Next Door .

"Ranks with The Stepford Wives and Gone Girl as a terrifying look at what it really means to say 'I do.'"--Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of The Switch

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.

Praise for The Marriage Pact

"This fast-paced nail-biter goes in unpredictable directions. . . . It also raises thoughtful questions about individual agency and marital commitment. With strong writing, intriguing characters, and a compelling conceit, this psychological thriller seems destined for the top of summer reading lists. Recommended as a fresh voice for readers of Gillian Flynn or Ruth Ware." -- Library Journal (starred review)

"Creepy and engrossing . . . [ The Marriage Pact takes] readers deep into the heart of a marriage and exposes some of the darker drives, such as possession and control, that can lurk within even the most harmonious of unions." -- Booklist

"Gripping, thought-provoking, and irresistible." --Dean Koontz

"Riveting psychological suspense! This book will keep you up all night, while making you second-guess everything you know and everyone you've ever loved." --Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Right Behind You
Publisher: New York :, Bantam Books,, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780385343299
Branch Call Number: FICTION RIC
Characteristics: 414 pages ; 25 cm


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Dec 03, 2020

I enjoyed the marriage advice that was artfully woven into this book. It was quite the page-turner for the most part, having me curious where both of our main characters would end. The ending was somewhat lacking.

Jun 12, 2019

It was a good book. The story may seem unbelievable but just think cult and brain-washing and it becomes easy to accept. People who think it is unbelievable may not think they would ever be in that position but it can happen. Just look at Jonestown. It was frightening to say the least.

Jun 19, 2018

I wanted to like this book. The premise of how far would you go to protect your marriage was intriguing. So I start to read with interest. Until I get to about chapter 37 where events start to get increasingly hard to accept as possible reality. I like suspense novels but they have to be believable or they just become a joke. The book reminded me a bit of 1984 and the Handmaid's Tale but those novels scared and horrified me because I could envision the events really happening in my world. In this book I'm supposed to accept that a group of 12,000 members worldwide is supposedly so powerful that the main characters are scared to call the police, willingly put on straight jackets and get into planes with strangers to stay in prison in order to "save their marriage"? Please.

Feb 18, 2018

I'm on a stay-cation, and read this book in one day while the Olympics were on mute in the background. I mean, it's fine ... it's a thriller drama, and kept me engaged. But, in truth, there were so many weird unbelievable moments in this story; and I know I should just suspend my disbelief and go with it, but... so many weird moments. I also agree with others that the ending left me cold. You may enjoy this book, but I guarantee you won't remember it 6 months from now.

Feb 01, 2018

I agree with Heavenne. This was one of the best books I've ever read until the ending. It's inconclusive and disappointing not knowing what happened. After reading reviews of this author's other books, this seems to be her signature endings. Disappointing. This book was too well written and entertaining to end feeling like you were owed something more definitive after the investment of reading the well detailed and never boring story.

Sep 15, 2017

This book was a complete page turner. I loved the mood, I loved the atmosphere and the tension that was prevalent throughout nearly the entire novel. It was such an excellent read I had to put aside everything else so that I could progress further until I finished.

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