I got a free ARC (Advance Reader Copy) of this book from NetGalley, when I was looking to read a good mystery/thriller, so it was a perfect fit, or so it seemed at the time. But now that I have read this book, I have mixed feelings towards it.
The plot of this book revolves around a newly married couple – Alice & Jake, who receive a rather intriguing wedding present, which is basically a membership to a mysterious and exclusive society of like-minded people, known as The Pact. However, whether it’s a harmless club or a dangerous cult, is for the reader to find out.
The objective of The Pact seems to be pretty clear, and even noble – to strengthen and foster the institution of marriage. And to ensure this objective is met, they have rules, which I have to admit, also seem to be well intentioned – always pick your spouse’s call, give your spouse a thoughtful gift every month, take quarterly trips together etc. However, things get very tricky, and dangerous even, when one or both partners fail to abide by the rules of The Pact.
Oh and did I mention, that membership in The Pact is a one-way ticket? There is no way out. Absolutely none.
The Marriage Pact – Review
Before I even begin with my review, there is one thing I must admit (in-spite of my mixed feelings towards the book) – The Marriage Pact is a total page-turner. Once I started reading this book, I simply could not stop. Also, with the short, evenly paced chapters, it was a relatively quick and easy read. Before I knew it, I had a hundred different theories, I was procrastinating chores, and cutting on sleep to race through this book.
Which is also possibly why the grand finale left me disappointed. No, actually, that’s not entirely true. Yes, I had big expectations, but the climax would have been a let down either way. After all that amazing build up, I was expecting something which would blow my mind, but instead my dominant thought was – wasted potential.
This story could have wrapped in so many different ways, so many amazing ways, and yet the author eventually led it in a very mediocre, very predictable direction, bringing the story to a point where the concluding sequence could have gone one of two ways, but by then all was lost anyway, ’cause the choice was really between Option #1 = WTH! and Option#2 = Whatever! Sigh.
Rating: 2.5 (Maybe 3) Stars
All the stars are for the first 75%-80% of the book, ’cause it was an experience I truly enjoyed. However, I would only recommend this book to folks who are obsessed with the genre of psychological suspense, and would enjoy the ride no matter how it all wrapped up. Others, I believe, can skip this one.
Links: The Marriage Pact (Amazon)
That’s all from my end folks. I would love to hear from you guys. Have you read The Marriage Pact? What do you look for in a book, especially in a mystery/thriller? Is the build up and the experience more important than the grand reveal or conclusion? Or is the grand reveal critical to your opinion of the book? For me, I need both, but if I had to pick one, I would pick a reveal that blows my mind.
A book that comes to mind is The Girl on The Train (I have reviewed the movie too). The build up was awesome, but only in hindsight. While I was reading it, it was kind of repetitive at places. At-least that’s what I felt back then. But the climax was pretty amazing.
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