Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Setting: Modern-day San Francisco
***I received an eARC copy of The Marriage Pact from the publisher, Bantam, via NetGalley.***
Review: Compulsively readable but the whole premise was unbelievable. The Marriage Pact is, to put it bluntly, a weird book. Like really weird. Our main characters are newlyweds Jake and Alice, and for some bizarre reason (read: there really isn’t a good reason), they decide to sign The Pact in hopes to have their marriage last forever.
My main issue with this book is that the decision to sign The Pact makes zero sense. For example, Alice is a lawyer. And yet she signs a contract without really thinking about it, or reading the fine print. That made absolutely no sense to me whatsoever. And Jake just kind of goes along with whatever Alice says because he doesn’t want to lose her. And when things start to go oddly, both Alice and Jake just ignore all of the warning signs. Alice gets on someone’s bad side and it starts off with her having to wear a tracker bracelet. And both Alice and Jake seem to be amused about it all. It was very weird. Things escalate from the tracker bracelet, and I won’t spoil that here, as part of the readability of The Marriage Pact is that you know things will go downhill, but you don’t know exactly what is going to happen. I would’ve read this book in one sitting if I had the opportunity to; I was desperate to know what was going to happen next! And the ending is, well, it was a letdown for me, but only because it was bizarre, a bit disturbing, and a tad ambiguous.
The Marriage Pact was a book that I didn’t want to put down, so I would definitely start this at a time when you can devote a few hours to either reading this in one sitting or in two sittings. It’s one of those books where the character choices really don’t make a lot of sense (when you are running from people with all kinds of resources, it’s probably best to NOT take your cell phone or use your credit card….just sayin’….), and there were just some very weird things in the book, but I did read the book quickly and can’t stop thinking about it, so it gets three stars from me!
Bottom Line: Bizarre, but utterly readable and engrossing even though it was unbelievable and far-fetched.
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