The Golden Couple
Author: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: 8th March, 2022
Synopsis of The Golden Couple (Goodreads)
Wealthy Washington suburbanites Marissa and Matthew Bishop seem to have it all—until Marissa is unfaithful. Beneath their veneer of perfection is a relationship riven by work and a lack of intimacy. She wants to repair things for the sake of their eight-year-old son and because she loves her husband. Enter Avery Chambers.
Avery is a therapist who lost her professional license. Still, it doesn’t stop her from counseling those in crisis, though they have to adhere to her unorthodox methods. And the Bishops are desperate.
When they glide through Avery’s door and Marissa reveals her infidelity, all three are set on a collision course. Because the biggest secrets in the room are still hidden, and it’s no longer simply a marriage that’s in danger.
My Thoughts about The Golden Couple:
I’ve read An Anonymous Girl by the same authors few years back and I didn’t like it. It was one of the most forgettable books I’ve ever read. But this book was such a pleasant surprise!
This story had such an interesting dynamic between the characters. On one side there is Avery Chambers who is known for her unconventional therapy methods where she claims to have dealt with patients in just 10 sessions. On the other side, there are Marissa and Mathew Bishop who are “the golden couple”. They are rich and happy in life. At least that is what it appears to be. That is until Marissa is unfaithful. Underneath the masquerade of a perfect marriage, their love is dwindling. But Marissa wants to try to repair her marriage and so she seeks the help of Avery. But soon, Avery’s life collides with Marissa’s and Mathew’s…
I was amazed at how much I enjoyed this book. I was hooked with the story from the very beginning.
I had such roller coaster of feelings in regards to the characters. Firstly, Avery is such a fascinating character / therapist. I appreciated and was amazed at how she successfully treated her patients but at the same time I was uncomfortable and felt like she was overstepping in their lives. It was such an interesting situation to be in as a reader. I didn’t know whether to like her or dislike her. Then there’s Marissa who seems like she’s such a loving wife but then she also cheated on her husband and I felt like she was constantly lying despite appearing very regretful and sincere. I also didn’t know whether to sympathize with her or dislike her. Overall, I was so confused about my feelings towards this characters and I applaud the authors for making me feel this way.
My favourite character was Mathew who was such a doting and understanding husband. I really liked him and sympathized with him.
Moreover, this book is unlike the other thriller books. There’s no murder and no quest to find the killer. It was more of a suspense story where you don’t know what is happening and you have no idea what is going to happen next.
As per the plot twist in the end, I did not see it coming at all. I truly believed in all the facts that was presented to me and did not see the ending coming. I was caught off guard and I loved that.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time reading this book. I read a thriller after a long time and it did not disappoint. I’d highly recommend this book even if this book doesn’t have any murder in it (kind of, there’s a mention of a murder that has taken place many years ago). This is that type of thriller that doesn’t have much on the stake but it still manages you to keep invested in the story throughout the book.
My Rating: 4.25 stars
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