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Book Review: The Marriage Pact – Michelle Richmond ***1/2

Jake knows that he has chosen the woman that he will spend the rest of his life with. Alice is headstrong and independent and forging ahead with a lucrative legal career leaving behind her life on the stage and a music career. When Finnegan, one of her clients, gives them an unexpected wedding present they aren’t sure what to make of it. The box contains the secrets of The Pact. A super secret club that seems to guarantee that they will never divorce.

On the face of it some of the rules seem very well thought out:

You always have to answer the phone when your spouse calls you.
Every month you have to exchange a meaningful gift with your partner, it doesn’t have to be expensive but must show that you pay attention and are caring.
Every quarter you must take it in turns to take a mini break away to get some real alone time.
There must be no secrets from your spouse.

All seems to be going well and there are glamorous parties to attend with other Pact members. Then one of them breaks one of the rules and the more serious the infraction the more serious the punishment. Jake and Alice start to fear for their lives and their sanity and their dream of married life is starting to turn into a living hell.

How can they escape when no-one else ever has? There are no divorced members but an awfully high percentage of widowed spouses. Are the circumstances as sinister as they appear? Richmond has crafted a real page turner with this book. The Pact is an interesting concept and the twisty turny development of the plot will strike fear into every honeymooner’s heart.

Supplied by Net Galley and Penguin in exchange for an honest review.

UK publication date: 27 July 2017. 415 pages.

Categories: 3.5 Stars Book Review

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Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. Sharing my house with a gorgeous cockapoo called Harry who has taken over completely.
I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.


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