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The Golden Couple Review: Back-of-Book Description
The next electrifying novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author duo behind The Wife Between Us.
“Propulsive and thrilling….A page-turner that will keep you guessing until the very end.” –Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Malibu Rising
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.
More praise for THE GOLDEN COUPLE
“An utterly compelling, spellbinding read.” –Lisa Jewell, author of Then She Was Gone and Invisible Girl
“A propulsive, twisty, unputdownable thriller” –Laura Dave, author of The Last Thing He Told Me
My Thoughts on The Golden Couple
This was another Book of The Month pick (if you haven’t yet – check out my thoughts on the monthly book box service here. And if you decide to sign up, let me know and I will give you my referral code! It’ll be a win-win for both of us.)
It was described as a thriller that involved a therapist, so I was intrigued right from the description. It also didn’t sit on my shelf very long – my friend started reading it, so I decided to as well – I mean, who doesn’t love having “what do you think of the book?” chats with people!?
Anyways, The Golden Couple grabbed me right from the beginning. I thought the tone and the writing style were provocative and gripping. This might be the first fiction book that I have ever read where there are two authors, and I’m not sure how I could know which one wrote which parts. But the whole book is written from two points of view – the therapist and the wife in the couple. The therapist is written from the first-person point of view and the wife from the third-person POV (pretty cool that it was two strong female characters).
At first, that switch was strange, but then I appreciated the distinction. And it stands to reason that maybe each author wrote one POV? In any case, it was cool and the writing of the whole book was nice and flowed really well.
The plot was pretty good – kind of your standard psychological ‘who’s doing it?’ with suspense and turmoil over who was behind the threats and drama. But it was pretty good because there were a lot of factors and potential suspects.
Speaking of suspects, all the characters seemed well written and fully formed. The writers included the perfect amount of details about the main and background characters and their subtle characteristics. They felt like real people…and they all felt like they could be lying. So that was awesome.
The dialogue was smooth and natural, including the inner narration from the therapist’s point of view. The settings were easy to picture. Oh! and there’s a dog. A cute (I imagine) rescue who adds a nice touch to the story.
Favorite Quotes from The Golden Couple
“Sometimes, we need to look at our lives from a different angle to recognize the dysfunction and damage certain relationships are causing.”
“But we don’t always write our own stories.”
“You can never truly know what is inside another person’s heart or head.”
“Grief is a shape-shifter. It defies logic, sneaking up on you when you least expect it and leaving you empty-handed and hollowed out when you go searching for it.”
The Golden Couple Review: In Conclusion
I thought this was a solid, well-written thriller. 4.5 stars! The only drawback was that something at the very end felt off. I didn’t like how one of the twists involved someone. I don’t want to give anything away but it felt a little too convenient and unnecessarily intertwined. But it’s just a small piece of an otherwise great story.
I just realized I have another book by this writing duo (You Are Not Alone) on my shelf and I will likely ready it sooner now, because of how much I enjoyed this one.
I would recommend The Golden Couple to anyone who likes thrillers, or relationship mystery/drama-type books. I could see it being made into a movie or a limited series. (I mean why not? It seems like everything I’m reading lately is already a movie in the works!)
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