The Marriage Pact

The Marriage Pact

A Novel

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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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.
Publisher: ©2017
New York, NY :, Bantam Books,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780385343299
Characteristics: 414 pages ; 25 cm.
Summary: 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.

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KatG1983
Feb 18, 2018

I'm on a stay-cation, and read this book in one day while the Olympics were on mute in the background. I mean, it's fine ... it's a thriller drama, and kept me engaged. But, in truth, there were so many weird unbelievable moments in this story; and I know I should just suspend my disbelief and go with it, but... so many weird moments. I also agree with others that the ending left me cold. You may enjoy this book, but I guarantee you won't remember it 6 months from now.

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jlcwms
Feb 01, 2018

I agree with Heavenne. This was one of the best books I've ever read until the ending. It's inconclusive and disappointing not knowing what happened. After reading reviews of this author's other books, this seems to be her signature endings. Disappointing. This book was too well written and entertaining to end feeling like you were owed something more definitive after the investment of reading the well detailed and never boring story.

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1joyce
Dec 27, 2017

This book was very slow and uninteresting. I had to force myself to finish it.

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heavenne
Sep 15, 2017

This book was a complete page turner. I loved the mood, I loved the atmosphere and the tension that was prevalent throughout nearly the entire novel. It was such an excellent read I had to put aside everything else so that I could progress further until I finished.

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