Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
The Golden Couple is the next electrifying novel from Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, the #1 New York Times bestselling author duo behind You Are Not Alone, An Anonymous Girl, and The Wife Between Us.
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.
About: The Golden Couple is a psychological thriller written by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. It will be published on 3/8/2022 by St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, audiobook, 11 hours and 2 minutes. The genres are mystery thriller, psychological thriller, and adult fiction. I have read one other book from the authors called The Wife Between Us. According to Macmillan’s website, “St. Martin’s Press has a long and respected history of publishing a solid and varied list. We are dedicated to publishing emerging new authors, and offering a fresh perspective on classic genres, while maintaining a diverse and interesting range of books.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started listening to an audiobook for The Golden Couple on 2/4/2022 and finished it on 2/24/2022. The audiobook was a good listen. The narrator did a good job, especially with Polly’s cheery over eager voice. There were some thrill parts where Avery was being followed by anonymous people and being threatened by disgruntled client’s wife. There were some suspense parts where her clients seemed to be hiding secrets. I liked the mystery of people who aren’t who they said they were. I enjoyed the twists. New style therapy provided a good read especially when it looks like Avery acted like a sleuth. I enjoyed the sleuthing parts too. Good suspense and mystery.
This book started with Avery, consultant but previously a licensed therapist. A couple named Matthew and Marissa came to see her. Marissa admitted that she had an affair. The second view was Marissa, boutique owner. She’s unhappy that her lawyer husband spent more time at work than by her side. She felt guilty for going out on their marriage but hoping to go counseling to come clean and fix their marriage. Avery’s other patient was Cameron. His wife Skylar was controlling and manipulative. Avery went above and beyond in her job and eventually cost her her license when Skylar reported Avery for going into her house and recorded her mean moment. Avery also saw another client who knew the company she worked for was developing a drug that could kill more people than helped. Avery reported the company anonymously but since then she felt like she was being followed. This story’s main focus was Avery fixing Marissa’s marriage.
The Golden Couple was well written and a page turner. Sometimes it’s good to read about other people’s marriages. People always envy the perfect couple so it’s good to follow the perfect couple around. Even perfect couple still feel jealous of other people. I do admire those women who always looked well made up with not a hair out of place or a chipped nail or frayed sweater. It takes time to dressed up and sometimes I feel the process is too high maintenance for me. In this case, Marissa and Natalie seemed to always looking well put together. One thing that was not cleared up was Natalie’s connection to Matthew. Did Natalie still want him or are they suddenly able to be friends now because he’s not in. I also wonder why Marissa worried for her son a lot like kidnapping worries but I didn’t feel there were indications for that. Overall, a solid story.
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Authors:
Greer Hendricks is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Wife Between Us, An Anonymous Girl, and You Are Not Alone. Prior to becoming a novelist, she spent over two decades as an editor at Simon & Schuster. She obtained her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Allure, and Publishers Weekly. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
Sarah Pekkanen is the internationally and USA Today bestselling author of seven previous novels. A former investigative journalist and feature writer, her work has been published in The Washington Post, USA Today, and many others. (Info obtained from Edelweiss).
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