If you’re looking for something new to read, The Marriage by K.L. Slater may be a psychological thriller worth checking out.
The Marriage by K.L. Slater is described as a psychological thriller. I don’t really get the thriller part if I’m honest. It’s more of a family drama, a twisty family drama. In fact, it’s something that I’d expect to see play out in some sort of soap opera.
That’s not to say it’s a bad book. In fact, it was an intriguing ride. I enjoy soap operas now and then. Sometimes, I need something lighter to read than the real psychological thrillers and crime dramas that I’ll get into.
This is a book that I got for free through Kindle Unlimited just as part of my Prime membership.
What is The Marriage by K.L. Slater about?
The Marriage has an intriguing blurb. It focuses on one of the main characters in the story, Bridget. She lost her son 10 years before the main part of the story. Her son died after an altercation with his best friend, who served 10 years for that mistake. Now that Tom is out of jail, Bridget has married him.
It is as scandalous as it sounds. It doesn’t help that Tom and Bridget don’t tell Tom’s parents about the marriage. Tom’s mom, Jill, is shocked by the events, especially since Jill and Bridget were once best friends. Jill is sure that Bridget is up to something, that she’s getting some sort of revenge.
That’s where most of the focus is. It’s only at the end of the story that the real truth comes out. It’s nothing that you’d originally expect.
A bait and switch in the story
I do feel like The Marriage by K.L. Slater was a bit of a bait and switch. I was pulled in by the scandalous premise. I thought that Jill might be onto something, that Bridget was looking to ruin Jill’s family the way her family was ruined. I was waiting for that story to play out.
Then I thought maybe that Tom was a much darker character that he was originally being written. Was it possible that he killed in cold blood and managed to make it look like it was all an accident? Did he want to finish some sort of job? When another character turns up dead, there are certainly questions about Tom potentially being a murderer.
I liked this part of the story. I enjoyed following through everything that happened. Without giving away spoilers, the ending was a little disappointing. The real situation playing out in the background was anti-climactic.
There were some great questions still left unanswered at the end. These questions are sort of touched on in the epilogue, but things still aren’t quite wrapped up in a neat bow. I guess that’s not necessarily a bad thing as it leaves things open for a sequel to the story.
Stars: 3 stars out of 5.
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