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The Marriage Pact: The bestselling thriller for fans of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR Hardcover – 27 Jul 2017
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A thought-provoking and nail-biting pick for the Richard and Judy Autumn 2017 Book Club . . . A pacey, page-turner of a novel (Richard & Judy Book Club)
A brilliant premise, tautly plotted and deftly written (J P Delaney bestselling author of The Girl Before)
Pacey, well-written and refreshingly unique, this is a very smart thriller (Heat)
An absolutely riveting, spine-tingling and frightening read. A roller-coaster of a novel, an audacious mix of a high-concept thriller with gorgeous writing (Karen Perry bestselling author of Girl Unknown)
Beware. This book will keep you up all night, while making you second guess everything you know and everyone you've ever loved (Lisa Gardner Number One bestselling author of Right Behind You)
It's a high-concept, fast-moving thriller . . . a gripping and intriguing read (Sunday Mirror)
A nail-biter . . . destined for the top of summer reading lists. Recommended as a fresh voice for readers of Gillian Flynn or Ruth Ware (Library Journal)
A page-turner - but probably not one for your honeymoon! Plenty of suspense, pacy and well written (Grazia)
First class suspense! You won't be able to turn the pages fast enough (Paula Daly bestselling author of The Mistake I Made)
Truly chilling . . . It ranks with The Stepford Wives and Gone Girl as a terrifying look at what it really means to say 'I do' (Joseph Finder bestselling author of The Switch)
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Your marriage is for ever.
Would you stake your life on that?
Jake believes Alice is the perfect woman to spend the rest of his life with. So when they're offered a mysterious wedding gift - the chance to join a club which ensures they'll never divorce - he doesn't hesitate to sign the contract.
Always answer when your spouse calls.
Exchange thoughtful gifts each month.
Plan a trip together once per quarter.
Have no secrets from your spouse.
They are initially seduced by the elite society, with its glamorous parties and like-minded couples.
Then one of them breaks the rules.
Don't even think about trying to escape . . .
The Pact will stop at nothing to enforce the contract. And once you're in, there's no way out.
As the society's punishments grow more extreme, Jake and Alice fear for their lives. Members never divorce, but why are they so often widowed?
Is their love for ever, as The Pact demands . . . or have they made a fatal mistake?
The marriage of their dreams is about to become their worst nightmare.See all Product description
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Jake and Alice receive a very strange wedding gift from a very strange wedding guest. They barely know Finnegan, so when a wooden box labelled "The Pact" arrives soon after they're married, they are intrigued. They're offered membership into a Secret Society, one that promises the success of their marriage. No Pact marriage has ever ended in divorce. Jake and Alice are dubious, but excited. Until one of them breaks the rules.
This is what I imagine society would be like if a certain Irish Christian lobby group had the power of Scientology and an interest in The Stepford Wives. Marriage is sacred, marriage is prioritized above all, marriage is something you can never leave. This is unlike anything I've read before - I definitely had to suspend my disbelief in parts (WHY would you sign anything you're not sure of, and as for the bracelet and collar........ALICE, PLEASE) but it was a fast-paced read that I couldn't put down. I liked that it was told from Jake's POV too.
I liked this a lot, I'd recommend it if you're after something different and addictive. It also did make me think about marriage and continuing to show mutual appreciation, so maybe The Pact isn't so bad after all....
The story is told from Jake's point of view which makes Alice a little difficult to understand at times. She seems to be two people meshed into one. Going from a singer in a band to a lawyer. From being quite flighty to very serious about their marriage.
The idea behind the story is very interesting but there are quite a few plot holes and character flaws. Alice is a lawyer, would she really sign the pact without reading it first? They are given manuals but neither seem to bother reading them even when they realise that the pact is taken seriously by those in it. Who is actually funding the pact? That alone made it a little far fetched!
I really enjoyed the story and I couldn't put it down. I would certainly recommend it. However, don't expect it to be a believable read.
First of all the characters, Jake & Alice are so likeable, you want to be involved in their new life together so when they're are given a very intriguing wedding gift it immediately draws you in. The gift is a membership to a group/family that promises to help you to make your marriage the best it can be and everyone that is a part of The Pact is happily married with a seemingly wonderful and full life, but there are rules, and rules 'must' be obeyed.
This book made me catch my breath in places and cringe in others, it made me think on a far deeper level about marriage (having been married 30 years myself next month), and made me question The Pact and their methods & somewhat agree with the idea of The Pact all at the same time.
I loved the ending and I don't think I'll ever forget Jake and Alice as this is the kind of book that will stay with you always for many different reasons. This book is a roller coaster of a book and will keep you reading into the small hours & I look forward to reading more of Michelle's work.
However, the ending was lame, not a twist, just a possible “get out” for the author, as if they really didn’t know how to end it so left it, excuse the pun “open ended”.
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Still worth a read, good plot and intriguing concept.