Monday, November 14, 2022

Review | The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Source: personal purchase. This is a review of my reading experience.

The Golden Couple is a mystery/thriller from Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.

The next electrifying novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author duo behind The Wife Between Us.

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.
Most of my friends have given The Golden Couple four or five stars. I'm not sure why The Golden Couple didn't wow me as much as it seems to have wowed other readers. It may just be when I chose to give it a read.

I've only read one other book by the writing duo of Hendricks and Pekkanen, but I enjoyed it. I was looking forward to reading The Golden Couple. While I wasn't disappointed and I did enjoy The Golden Couple, it was mostly just okay for me..

The characters were all unlikable for me which I really enjoyed in the beginning, but the book seemed to lose its focus and honestly so did I. This is a hard review to write because I did enjoy it, but I don't have much to say about it. The Golden Couple did keep me guessing, but for some reason I just wasn't very invested. It could simply be the fact that I was in a book hangover from the five-star read that I read just before this one that had me guessing but was not predictable whatsoever. The Golden Couple may have just fallen prey to having to follow a very unexpected book that worked for me on a level that The Golden Couple just didn't meet.

If you've read and enjoyed other books by Hendricks and Pekkanen, I would definitely recommend you check this one out as well. I have another book on my shelf by Hendricks and Pekkanen that I would still like to go back and read. This one just didn't wow me outside of being a well-written thriller with unlikable characters.

I listened to the audio, and I thought the narrators did a great job. The Golden Couple won't make it onto my list of favorite thrillers for the year, but I enjoyed the time that I spent with it.
3/5 stars
⭐⭐⭐★ ★


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  1. Maybe if you'd liked the characters you would have liked the book more. I haven't read this one, but it's not sounding like one I would love either.

    1. I think they were developed in a way that may have fizzled out at some point.

  2. Sorry tohear this one didn't quite click. I find that too sometimes- a book can be perfectly serviceable but not, like, amazing, and especially when you're coming off a really great read or 5 star book! I've had a few book hangovers lately and they make the enxt one really tough!

  3. That's ok, we aren't always going to like the same books as everyone else.

  4. Sorry this wasn't better, but I've enjoyed the duo's other books so I'll make it a note to try it!

  5. Well sometimes we are the black sheep amidst a sea of readers! I hate it when a book does not work for me and yet everyone loves it but...

  6. I always have a hard time recovering from a 5 star read and I feel bad for the book that comes after, lol.

    1. Yes! It's so unfortunate for the next book sometimes.

  7. I’m so sorry you’ll be celebrating like you’re still living in lockdown. ☹ My parents, only sister and her husband moved to San Diego, friends have moved away, or they are still in quarantine for health reasons, so it’s just nine of us instead of the usual 15-20. Feels weird, doesn’t it?
    I recently heard of mulled wine, but am not sure what it is. I’ll have to look that up.
    I’d seen The Golden Couple and was uncertain about it; thank you for sharing your thoughts!


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