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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Review: The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

The Golden Couple
by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Thanks to St. Martin's Press & NetGalley for this gifted book.

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publish Date: March 8, 2022
Kindle Edition
320 Pages
Genre: Thriller

If Avery Chambers can’t fix you in 10 sessions, she won’t take you on as a client. Her successes are phenomenal--she helps people overcome everything from domineering parents to assault--and almost absorb the emptiness she sometimes feels since her husband’s death.

Marissa and Mathew Bishop seem like the golden couple--until Marissa cheats. She wants to repair things, both because she loves her husband and for the sake of their 8-year-old son. After a friend forwards an article about Avery, Marissa takes a chance on this maverick therapist, who lost her license due to controversial methods.

When the Bishops 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 Review:

Well look at me actually reading an ARC way before the release date! *pats myself on the back* 🤣 Greer & Sarah really know how to engage the reader and I spent the majority of my evening last night sipping whiskey and reading 80% of the book.  Why didn't I finish it last night? Too much whiskey... oopsie.  I was glued to the pages though!

I don't think this book has the panache that their other works have but I appreciate this being more suspenseful and less in your face.  I'm not sure how ethical it is for a therapist (Avery) who has lost her license to continue to help people but I suppose if her clients know that she is unlicensed then who am I to judge?  This ten step program she has seems a bit odd as is her crossing boundaries she probably shouldn't.  BUT, I do love the idea of all of this.  I will say that there were far too many characters involved but I absolutely didn't see the final resolution coming.  Bow tied too neatly but still looks good, if you know what I mean.  

I definitely like Avery's character once I got to know her.  But my favorites were Bennett and Roman.  Once again these authors bring us an easy to read, well written book.  While this is slower paced than their other works, we still receive a layered, more character than plot driven story that I found very entertaining. Every marriage has secrets.  Every person has secrets.  What are YOU hiding?   Grab that popcorn, an adult beverage and a dozen roses, or a tin of nuts. 😉 This will have you looking at therapy in a new way.. and just might get you to go rescue a pet.


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