The Marriage Pact – Michelle Richmond

18 July 2017
The Marriage Pact Book Cover The Marriage Pact
Michelle Richmond

How far is too far when it comes to protecting 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.

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

I’m sure I will be in the minority, Friend, but I wanted to like The Marriage Pact more than I actually did.
Never mention The Pact to anyone.
Alice and Jake are about to embark on the cruise ship called marriage. Sometimes it’s all fun and games, sometimes the ship has a norovirus outbreak. Anyone who wears (or has worn) a wedding band, knows that there are ups and downs.
But The Pact doesn’t tolerate downs.

Hello, Friend.

The Marriage Pact begins to take off when Alice and Jake receive a wedding gift from one of Alice’s clients. It’s a wooden box, with a locked wooden box inside. They arrange a meeting with a woman named Vivian, who unlocks the box for them. She explains the marriage pact. The Marriage Pact is a group of Friends who support each other’s efforts in having a happy marriage.
At least that’s what Jake and Alice believed up until their first infraction… Alice is a copyright attorney and finds herself wearing a locked bracelet. All because she works late. And it spirals from there.
The Marriage Pact was a little bit laborious for me to get through. Yes, you do have to suspend reality a little bit, as a lot of the book is plain “out there”. But, that’s the part of the book I LIKED, so that isn’t a bad thing.
Much of the book was long winded between ‘events’ and I found myself skimming. But the biggest problem lies in the fact that I found the ending boring.
With how outlandish much of the book is, I was expecting an equally outlandish twist. It was a dud with a little fizzle. After that, I thought, perhaps that wasn’t the twist. Much to my dismay, it was. The ending surprised me a little bit, but it definitely was not a twist. I love twists. I wish all books had them.


Sadly, this was only a 3-star book for me. I enjoyed the writing style of the author, and this may have simply not been my type of book. I would still like to try some of Michelle Richmond’s other novels.
Thank you Netgalley, Michelle Richmond, and Bantam Books for providing me a copy of this book. My review of The Marriage Pact is not biased and my own true opinions.

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

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