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In this relentlessly paced novel of psychological suspense, New York Times bestselling author Michelle Richmond crafts an intense and shocking tale that asks: How far would you go to protect 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."
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Why did I like this book? It was so damn interesting, this group of successful couples have a pact about marriage and you would not believe the bizarre rules and punishments. Newlyweds Alice and Jake willingly sign this pact before realizing what exactly they signed up for. What follows is the most bizarre look at how to keep your marriage perfect and what happens if you break even one rule. There is actually a marriage prison!! I was a bit amused by this book , I mean it was so over the top and unrealistic but I did enjoy it. For instance if you gain weight, they have weigh ins, you have to do grueling workouts with a personal trainer until you lose the weight. The couples have to remain the weight that they were on their wedding day, Friend. The Pact takes marriage and it’s book of rules, The Manual, very seriously and members call each other Friend. While I did love this book at first , for me the middle dragged , it picked up again at the end though. I went on quite a roller coaster ride with Jake as he tries to find a way out of The Pact but Friend, there may not be a way out unless you die. This book was so over the top but enjoyable.