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It's the perfect wedding gift.

Newlyweds Jake and Alice are offered membership of a club which promises members will never divorce.

Signing The Pact seems the ideal start to their marriage.

Until one of them breaks the rules.

Because The Pact is for life.

And its members will go to any lengths to ensure nobody leaves . . .

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3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Lost Its Way

Jake & Alice are young and successful. On their wedding day their receive an invitation to join a Marriage Pact group. This seems an excellent organisation which supports its members to work hard at their marriage - planning trips, giving gifts, not working late. Jake & Alice embark on this in a rather shaky manner not always adhering to the rules. Unfortunately these are rules & not guidelines and the punishments for breaking them are harsh.

I really enjoyed the start of this book. Jake & Alice were keen to make their marriage work & started to embrace the Pact. They met like minded people and when things went wrong they received guidance to get back on track. As things progressed they realised that things were a little more sinister with a lot of surveillance and ever increasing punishments. In my opinion, this is where it all went wrong. The secret of a psychological thriller is to build suspense and allow the reader to imagine the atmosphere building. The reader puts themselves in the character's position and starts to feel tense at the idea of people watching their every move or being publicly humilated. However once the author takes it beyond this the supense is lost. The punishments dished out to Alice and Jake become rather farcical & unbelievable. I am talking torture such as electric shocks for an hour, head braces being worn for a month, head shaving and beatings. The suspense has gone. I find the suspense of what the people watching you could do is more powerful than the reality of descriptions of torture. I felt the book had lost its way and also its credibility.

Once the book had lost its way it became quite boring with more descriptions of punishments and eventually of Jake & Alice trying to escape. The ending of the book just did not work at all. I won't explain as you may wish to read this book but suffice to say that it just did not work for me.

It is a great shame that the author chose to take the Pact to extremes. The psychological tension is always more fascinating than whatever physical things the author can write. A reader's imagination can create more tension & fear than ever a writer's can. You only need to read some of the brilliant psychological authors of recent times (Minette Waters springs to mind) to realise where this author went wrong.

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Lost Its Way

Jake & Alice are young and successful. On their wedding day their receive an invitation to join a Marriage Pact group. This seems an excellent organisation which supports its members to work hard at their marriage - planning trips, giving gifts, not working late. Jake & Alice embark on this in a rather shaky manner not always adhering to the rules. Unfortunately these are rules & not guidelines and the punishments for breaking them are harsh.

I really enjoyed the start of this book. Jake & Alice were keen to make their marriage work & started to embrace the Pact. They met like minded people and when things went wrong they received guidance to get back on track. As things progressed they realised that things were a little more sinister with a lot of surveillance and ever increasing punishments. In my opinion, this is where it all went wrong. The secret of a psychological thriller is to build suspense and allow the reader to imagine the atmosphere building. The reader puts themselves in the character's position and starts to feel tense at the idea of people watching their every move or being publicly humilated. However once the author takes it beyond this the supense is lost. The punishments dished out to Alice and Jake become rather farcical & unbelievable. I am talking torture such as electric shocks for an hour, head braces being worn for a month, head shaving and beatings. The suspense has gone. I find the suspense of what the people watching you could do is more powerful than the reality of descriptions of torture. I felt the book had lost its way and also its credibility.

Once the book had lost its way it became quite boring with more descriptions of punishments and eventually of Jake & Alice trying to escape. The ending of the book just did not work at all. I won't explain as you may wish to read this book but suffice to say that it just did not work for me.

It is a great shame that the author chose to take the Pact to extremes. The psychological tension is always more fascinating than whatever physical things the author can write. A reader's imagination can create more tension & fear than ever a writer's can. You only need to read some of the brilliant psychological authors of recent times (Minette Waters springs to mind) to realise where this author went wrong.

 
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