Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader. A couple of Fridays a month, I will share the first sentence (or so) of the book I am currently reading, along with my initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.
The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond. I am about midway through the book right now, and honestly it’s been quite a ride so far. If you are married or have been married, this book will make you think and feel things that you may love, hate or maybe both.
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.
I come to on a Cessna, bumping through the air. My head is throbbing, and there is blood on my shirt. I have no idea how much time has passed. I look at my hands, expecting to see restraints, but there are none. Just an ordinary seatbelt looped around my waist. Who strapped me in? I don’t even remember boarding the plane.
What you do think makes a marriage successful? What if you were given as a gift an actual guide with rules and regulations? Do you think that would work or would you question the motivation behind it? Is he or she doing these loving things because they want to or because they have to or they will be punished?
I promise I will let you know what happens with Jake and Alice….
****I was given an ARC of this book from the publisher through Netgalley for an honest review.***
Meet the author:
Random House Open House, New York City, July 27, 2017
Kepler’s Premier Event, in conversation with Ellen Sussman, bestselling author of French Lessons and The Paradise Guest House, Menlo Park, CA August 1. 2017 – 7:30 pm
Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA August 2, 7:00 PM
Towne Center Books luncheon, with Gin Phillips, author of Fierce Kingdom, August 3, 11:30 am.
Meet Michelle at her neighborhood indie, Books Inc., Burlingame, in conversation with Meg Waite Clayton, bestselling author of The Race for Paris and The Wednesday Sisters, CA August 9, 7:00 p.m.
Cafe Society at Copperfield’s, Santa Rosa, August 11, 7:00 PM