The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond


The blurb to this book was very intriguing. I couldn’t wait to see where the author would take this. Jake and Alice are just married when they are invited to join a secret group called ‘The Pact’ that promises to ensure that their marriage will never fail. Like every good thriller should, it jumps in right at the beginning of the action and you are hooked from beginning to end. The writing is so vivid that you feel that you are taking this journey with the newly wed couple.


I felt the choice of narrating from Jake’s point of view was wise as it makes Alice’s character more mysterious and complex. I think it would have been hard to have read this from Alice’s perspective as she is such a mercurial character. At times I didn’t like Jake’s character as he seemed quite conflicted in himself so it was hard to get a grasp on what he was ‘about’ so to speak. But then no one is straight forward in real life I suppose!


The construction of The Pact and its laws were fascinating. If you are married or have an interest in the philosophy of marriage then the internal debate in the book is interesting and thought-provoking. It questions what it takes to make a marriage work and how marriage as a concept has changed through time. I liked the discussion about this throughout the book and some of the thoughts that Jake has really resonated with me.


The intensity in this book steadily rises as the couple begins to see the darker side of The Pact as they are unable to keep to it’s multifaceted and extensive rules. These chapters flew by for me as I raced through the awful scenes that the couple had to endure. I have to admit that I did feel that there was a big build up in this book and that the final scenes lacked the emotion and excitement that the book seemed to be leading us towards.


Overall, this was a unique and slightly crazy read that I really enjoyed. I would definitely recommend this to people that enjoy a unique thriller.


The Pact will be published on 27th July 2017. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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