Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Marriage Pact/ Michelle Richmond / 414 pgs

With The Marriage Pact, I probably should have paid more attention to the blurb. If I had, I probably wouldn't have read it, which in the end would have been best. Jake and Alice are a newly married couple in their mid to late thirties. They are invited to join the Marriage Pact, an exclusive "club" whose purpose is to make sure people stay married and stay happy. At first glance this seems like an okay premise but the Pact goes to such extreme lengths (monitoring, kidnapping, incarceration, torture) to achieve its goal that I just couldn't take it seriously. No one cares this much about another couple's marriage. The story is told in first person from Jake's point of view and while he wasn't an unlikable character, he also didn't seem very realistic. We also only got his view of Alice, which made her seem distant and again unrealistic. There is a twist at the end which some readers might like but the very end of the book is ambiguous, which many readers won't like.

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