Book Review: The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

January 11, 2018 Book review 6 ★★★★½

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond is one of those books where you think what the hell am I reading.  But in a good way!  I screamed at the book, rolled my eyes, and to my horror found myself understanding why the pact might work.  Then back to being horrified all over again.

Book Review: The Marriage Pact by Michelle RichmondThe Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond
Published by Penguin on December 14th 2017
Format: eARC

Would you stake your life on your marriage?

Newlyweds Jake and Alice are offered a mysterious wedding gift - membership of a club which promises its couples will never divorce.
Signing The Pact seems the start to a perfect marriage.

Until one of them breaks the rules.

The marriage of their dreams is about to become their worst nightmare.

Because The Pact is for life.

And its members will do anything to make sure no one leaves . . .

!@#$ addictive suspense Thriller

First Line of The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

“I come to on a Cessna, bumping through the air.”

My Thoughts on The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

It revolves around a newly married couple, and how they got sucked into a crazy marriage pact.  When I say crazy, I mean fully fledged looney tunes.  They agreed to all kinds of things like each partner only gaining x amount of weight, rules about presents, and the frequency of holidays.  With consequences if they didn’t comply.

It sounds baffling as to why they might agree to join, but when you read the book, you understand.  Marriage is complicated, and some of the rules might even be helpful.  I found myself considering the validity of parts of the pact.

My tongue-in-cheek Goodreads status at 13% was –

“Undoubtedly things will take a sinister twist. But right now the pact sounds sweet. Taking time to buy meaningful presents for your partner every month, and compulsory holidays together every quarter? Sign me up!”
Until the crazy got out of hand, and then it became plain terrifying.  I was all a jitter from the tension, and the danger I knew was lurking so close.  Maybe it all got a little unrealistic, but I was thoroughly gripped and couldn’t devour the pages fast enough.


Overall I found the book twisty, creepy and very compelling.  More please, Ms Redmond!


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-half-stars


Why should read The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

I’d highly recommend this if you like psychological thrillers in a domestic setting, a snappy pace, lots of chills, and some thought-provoking ideas.  Also recommended to fans of Tina Seskis, Mary Kubica and Ruth Ware.

Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin UK for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration.  As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.


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6 Responses to “Book Review: The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond”

  1. Kim@Time2Read

    I read this one and reviewed it on my blog late last spring. Like you, I found some of it a little creepy, but I also could understand how a couple might be drawn into it.

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