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.
Alice and Jake had a chance an encounter with a stranger. On whim, they invited the stranger to their wedding and after a whirlwind of events; the newlyweds find themselves in a cultic organization known as The Pact.
The Marriage Pact begins on a fast pace with Alice and Jake being introduced to The Pact. I was curious about this organization and this got me turning pages trying to figure out what would happen to the couple. There are a number of twisted, suspenseful events that take place throughout the book. This is what made this quite a thrilling read. I couldn’t figure out where it was going. I couldn’t tell whether or not the couple would survive their experience with the organization.
The entire premise of the story is quite intriguing. However, you really need to suspend disbelief to enjoy it. There are a couple of incidents that didn’t sound plausible. For instance, the couple got into The Pact quite fast. They signed contracts and just got involved without much thought. This was a bit odd because Alice is a lawyer and Jake, a therapist. They don’t really seem like the kind of people who would do something like that. There are also certain scenes that made me wonder where the neighbors were lol. However, this doesn’t mean that the story was any less entertaining.
The Marriage Pact is quite an enjoyable, addictive read. I wasn’t too crazy about the ending but it was perfect for the story. The book had a disturbing, creepy vibe which heightened the tension all the way to the last page. I also really liked the entire cult-like angle of the The Pact. Do I recommend this book? Yes I do. Friend, you need to read this one.