Seasons of Reading

It is that time again, Michelle’s Spring into Horror Readathon starts today and I can’t wait to begin. The readathon runs from today, April 17th through the 30th. There is only one requirement which is to read one scary book (which can be a thriller, mystery, Gothic novel, or similar for those who are faint of heart). The rest of the week…anything goes! Read more horror, or go in for less heart jolting fare.


The Marriage Pact: A Novel by [Richmond, Michelle]
The Marriage Pact: A Novel

Product Description

In this relentlessly paced novel of psychological suspense, New York Times bestselling author Michelle Richmond crafts an intense and shocking tale that asks: How far would you go to protect your marriage?

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.


Worth Getting in Bed For?

This book had some real highs and some real lows. The suspense starts building immediately and doesn’t falter. The characters are believable as therapist and attorney/musician. I enjoyed the marriage related factoids spread throughout the narrative. Now for the lows. The premise evolves into a hard to believe story but it is creepy and page turning. The story gets a bit predictable. Overall, the lows aren’t terrible enough to deter from wanting to reach the conclusion. Reviews are either really good or poor for the most part, but I find myself in the middle of the road.

Copy provided by publisher and NetGalley