How far is too far when it comes to protecting your marriage? Find out in this relentlessly paced novel of psychological suspense for anyone who loved The Couple Next Door.
Newlyweds Alice and Jake are a picture-perfect couple. Alice, once a
singer in a well-known rock band, is now a successful lawyer. Jake is a
partner in an up-and-coming psychology practice. Their life together
holds endless possibilities. After receiving an enticing wedding gift
from one of Alice’s prominent clients, they decide to join an exclusive
and mysterious group known only as The Pact.
The goal of The Pact seems simple: to keep marriages happy and intact. And most of its rules make sense. Always answer the phone when your spouse calls. Exchange thoughtful gifts monthly. Plan a trip together once per quarter. . . .
Never mention The Pact to anyone.
Alice and Jake are initially seduced by the glamorous parties, the
sense of community, their widening social circle of like-minded couples.
And then one of them breaks the rules.
The young lovers are about to discover that for adherents to The Pact,
membership, like marriage, is for life. And The Pact will go to any
lengths to enforce that rule.
For Jake and Alice, the marriage of their dreams is about to become their worst nightmare.
I come to on a Cessna, bumping through the air. My head is throbbing,
and there is blood on my shirt. I have no idea how much time has passed.
I look at my hands, expecting to see restraints, but there are none.
Just an ordinary seatbelt looped around my waist. Who strapped me in? I
don’t even remember boarding the plane.
Through the open door of
the cockpit, I see the back of the pilot’s head. It’s just the two of
us. There is snow in the mountains, wind buffeting the plane. The pilot
seems completely focused on his controls, shoulders tense.
reach up and touch my head. The blood has dried, leaving a sticky mess.
My stomach rumbles. The last thing I ate was the French toast. How long
ago was that? On the seat beside me, I find water and a sandwich wrapped
in wax paper. I open the bottle and drink.
I unwrap my
sandwich—ham and Swiss—and take a bite. Shit. My jaw hurts too much to
chew. Someone must have punched me in the face after I hit the ground.
“Are we going home?” I ask the pilot.
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