If you want a book that seems too ludicrous to be true, you’ll want to read The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond. Is it worth the read?
With half of all marriages in the U.S. ending in divorce, it’s not surprising that a book has been written that involves some sort of twisty pact. The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond starts off intriguing. In the end, there are far too many ludicrous ideas that lead to this being some sort of believable story.
Not sure if this is going to be a thriller for you? Let’s delve into the book and our review to see if it’s worth it for you.
What is The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond about?
The novel focuses on newlyweds Alice and Jake. They have their whole married life ahead of them, but it’s about to take a strange turn of events. One of their gifts is a box that is some sort of pact. They’re not to open anything until after their wedding, and they stick to that rule.
The idea behind the pact is to keep marriages together. However, the more Jake and Alice get into it, they realize that it could be some sort of dangerous cult. Is there a way for the two of them to leave, or is this them stuck forever?
The Marriage Pact book review
While the novel starts off intriguing, it gets a little crazy. It’s good up to about halfway in. We get an explanation of the pact, and we get to meet some of the other people involved. It’s easy to see what the Pact wants: to create a community of like-minded people and ensure marriages remain successful.
However, it’s soon clear that those who do anything against the marriage will be punished. And we’re not just talking about being spoken to by someone who can steer them back on the right path. This Pact is willing to hurt people and track them. They will do whatever it takes to keep couples together. Well, at least to avoid divorce. Being widowed is something completely different.
About halfway through, the book takes a few too many ludicrous twists and turns. Of course, with a cult, there was going to be no way to leave. That part wasn’t surprising, but following what was really going no behind the scenes was crazy. There’s a moment where one character is trapped in a prison cell where the walls are slowly closing in on them.
The ending itself was such a letdown. I won’t share why as that will give away too many spoilers, but it wasn’t anything that I expected from an actual thriller.