Here’s the blurb right off:
“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.”
Let me be blunt; if you’re about to get married and someone offers you the opportunity to join “The Pact” run away. Run away as quickly and as far as you possibly can, and then run a bit further. Unless it’s an ice cream pact, that might me ok, but a Marriage Pact: No, just no.
This book is creepy and engaging, like watching an episode of the old TV series “The Twilight Zone” or “Tales from The Darkside”. If you’re old enough to know what I’m talking about and you enjoyed those shows, this book is up your alley. If you like twisted and unexpected, it’s probably also up your alley.
The story itself is told from Jake’s point of view. I was a little worried that style would be grating as I find that type of POV doesn’t usually hold my attention. However, in this instance it worked well and kept the story flowing. After completing the book I was surprised to find that I really didn’t like Jake. I found his motives throughout the story suspect and multiple times I thought he was kind of a tool.
As for the ending, no spoilers but I’d be willing to guess that there will be some who find it a bit ambiguous as it leaves an opening for the reader to interpret what happens next. Usually, I find that frustrating but, again, it works with the story line.
I picked this book up from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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