The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

Marriage PactNewlyweds 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.

23 thoughts on “The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

  1. I’ve read it somewhere before that you needed to suspend belief about the contract. It’s the only thing I still remember about this one.. It isn’t sticking out enough for me to add to my readlist but it’s good to hear it was still an enjoyable read for you!

  2. Great review Diana! I have been wanting to read this book for awhile. I’m glad it’s suspenseful and fast paced. I love addictive reads! I’m also glad you enjoyed it. People are definitely not what they seems.. for books I have read, Behind Closed Doors, The Wife Between Us, The Last Mrs. Parrish, etc.. so I’m getting less surprised by normal people I wouldn’t think could do such things to actually do them. 🙂

    1. I really need to read The Wife Between us. It has so many good mentions. I haven’t heard of The Last Mrs. Parrish but will look it up. I enjoyed BCD 🙂 I hope that you will enjoy The Marriage Pact if you get a chance to read it. Thank you 🙂

      1. Read The Last Mrs Parrish first if you can. This book reminds me about people. I no longer envy the shiny couple with designer clothing and fancy cars. After reading this book, it reminds me that my life is best as is haha..

  3. Great review and I think you’re thoughts are pretty much in line with my own. I really enjoyed this and found it so addictive. It makes you question so much. I agree you do have to suspend disbelief in a few places.

    I wasn’t so keen on the ending but it’s difficult to think how else it could have ended and that would have been better. It would also have been nice to just get one chapter from Alice’s pov. I wanted so much to know what was going on in her head.

    1. I totally agree with you about Alice. I enjoyed Jake’s narration but it would have been nice to get her side of the story especially when so much was happening around her. Yeah, I can’t think of a better ending too. I guess this one was right for the story. Thank you Ali.

  4. Loved your review. I liked this book a lot. The plot is unique, and in the sea of books that are based on infidelity, I thought that it was a nice refreshing change because it “embraces” marriage in its own twisted way.

    1. I agree with you Abby though hadn’t though of it that way but yes, its different in that way especially because most domestic thriller take an opposite approach. Thank you 🙂

    1. Yeah it had some secret society/cultic angle that made it different from the usual though I found the angle both fascinating but also a bit unbelievable. The premise was great though.

  5. I just loved this one Diana! I was OK with the ending because it made it seem like a part two perhaps??… not sure

    1. I get what you mean about the ending. At the time, I just felt like it was too easy compared with the complexity of The Pact. However, thinking about it now,it was perfect for the story.

  6. Loved the review! I got this one for Christmas, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I’m looking forward to it though even if some parts you have to suspend disbelief. It sounds overall like a thrill ride!!

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