When newlyweds, Alex and Jake, receive a wedding gift that invites them into an exclusive and mysterious group for married couples, they are flattered. The goal of The Pact is simple. Keep marriages happy and intact. Seduced by the glamorous parties and sense of community, they embrace The Pact. They are given a manual with all the rules, one being: don’t mention The Pact to anyone. As Alice and Jake try to adhere by their rules, they realize how much different The Pact is and how dangerous The Pact can be.
I love any book that has a cult vibe, so when I discovered The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond it immediately moved to the top of my TBR pile. I loved how this one took the domestic suspense genre and gave it a twist. I was so glad to read something where the conflict lies not between the married but couple, but instead, the married couple against the world. It really was like married people Fight Club.
Richmond is able to create two incredibly likeable characters in Jake and Alice. They complement each nicely and were very realistic. She also was able to create such a well put together and fast paced plot. I was engaged throughout and was continuously worried about Jake and Alice as they navigated their way through The Pact. Truly, at times, it became super creepy! I couldn’t believe the lengths that the members were willing to go. I read this one as a buddy read with Danielle from The Blonde Likes Books and we were continuously messaging each other with our worries.
I did feel like the ending was a random and kind of out in left field for me, especially in regards to the general tone of the book.
Overall, even with the random ending, I loved this book and would highly recommend it!!
Thanks to the author, the publisher and Netgalley for a digital copy of this novel; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.
This one was a #cjsreads pick for July; keep reading to see what Chandra and Jessica thought of this one!