THE MARRIAGE PACT – “A Smart, searing, frightening look at modern love”

THE MARRIAGE PACT – “A Smart, searing, frightening look at modern love”

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A Sunday Times bestseller in the UK. Winner of the Palle Rosenkrantz Prize for the best crime novel published in Denmark. An INDIE NEXT pick, an Entertainment Weekly “Must List” pick, one of O! Magazine Book Editor’s Best Books of Summer, a Library Reads selection,  a Richard and Judy Book Club pick in the UK, BBC’s Best Beach Reads of 2017,’s Top Beach Reads, a Target Skimm Reads selection, sold in 30 languages. Film rights optioned to 20th Century Fox

A high-concept, fast-moving thriller…a gripping and intriguing read.” The Sunday Mirror

“A pace page-turner of a novel…grippingly thought provoking.” Richard & Judy Book Club, UK

 “Riveting psychological suspense.” Lisa Gardner

“A tense, twisting, quirky novel of growing dread…” Dean Koontz

“A standout summer read..Richmond expertly keeps the suspense at a can’t-stop-reading pace…” The Charlotte Observer

“With strong writing, intriguing characters, and a compelling conceit, this psychological thriller seems destined for the top of summer reading lists.” Library Journal, starred review

A high-concept, fast-moving thriller…a gripping and intriguing read.” The Sunday Mirror

“An original premise…gripping to the end.” The Sun

“Creepy and engrossing.” Booklist

“Thought-provoking, trippy, and tense.” The Parkersburg News & Sentinel

“Pacey, well-written, and refreshingly unique, this is a very smart thriller.” Isabelle Broom for Heat Magazine, UK

The Marriage Pact is a quintessential page turner; there’s an incipient sense of dread from word one. Readers will surely succumb to temptation and plunge in.” Janet Webb for Criminal Element

“Known for her atmospheric, character-driven novels, Richmond tries her hand at the thriller genre. ‘Till death do us part takes on an entirely scary new meaning when newlyweds Jake and Alice join a cultish group whose shared mission is to uphold—at any cost—the sanctity of marriage.” Darcy Jacobs for Family Circle

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About the Book

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.

Advance Praise and Review of The Marriage Pact

“Richmond quickly moves beyond the expected with this imaginative tale of a worldwide, cultish movement called The Pact, focused entirely on keeping marriages intact…The by-now familiar domestic suspense setup of a troubled wife leaving a marriage is turned upside down, as the couple faces an outside threat together. Questioning a secretive group’s arbitrary “marriage rules,” this fast-paced nail-biter goes in unpredictable directions…It also raises thoughtful questions about individual agency and marital commitment.” ~Melanie Kindrachuk, Library Journal, starred review

“Michelle Richmond’s previous novels slip and slide across genre lines while providing a feast for those who are looking for something engrossing, challenging and thought-provoking in their reading material. THE MARRIAGE PACT doubles down on the promise of Richmond’s previous works in a tale that is by turns cautionary, parabolic and metaphoric.” Joe Hartlaub for Bookreporter

“A fast-paced, intelligent book…a genuine thriller.” Don Noble for Alabama Public Radio

“This summer, The Marriage Pact is set to become the book you won’t be able to put down…Set in Silicon Valley, in a world of privilege driven by exclusivity, The Marriage Pact is a break-neck thriller to match Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. In this insulated and therapy-obsessed community, Richmond pushes her characters, newlyweds at the peak of their careers, to the absolute extreme. You won’t believe the jaw-dropping conclusion.” Kepler’s, Menlo Park 

“The world has gone wacko lately, and in the fictional world of The Marriage Pact a secret group forms that ostensibly seeks to protect the integrity of marriage. With guidelines to follow to keep the worst from happening, it isn’t long before newlyweds Alice and Jake find themselves in trouble. One of them breaks a rule and the consequences are, well, scary. A thriller like no other, this book may make you take a second look at your neighbors and ask yourself: how far you would go to keep your marriage intact?” —Linda Bond, Auntie’s Bookstore, Spokane, WA

“The Marriage Pact is a tense, twisting, quirky novel of growing dread—and a love story with a richly imagined relationship between a wife and husband. Michelle Richmond looks with a gimlet eye at our therapy-obsessed culture and wonders if the experts who claim to have all the cures might themselves need therapy. Gripping, thought-provoking, and irresistible.”
–Dean Koontz, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Corner

“Michelle Richmond is, simply put, a great storyteller. And The Marriage Pact, without gimmick or tricks, is a twisting, suspenseful, keep-you-up-all-night thriller. But it’s more than, too. It’s a deep, insightful, nearly voyeuristic view into the modern marriage—what brings us together, what keeps us together, what tears us apart. A smart, engrossing, scary read!”
—Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of The Red Hunter

A brilliant premise for a novel of psychological suspense, tautly plotted and deftly written. The Marriage Pact shows in gripping detail just what could go wrong when we try too hard to protect the love we cherish most.”
–JP Delaney, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before

Riveting psychological suspense! First you meet the lovely couple, then you agree a little marital support couldn’t hurt and then… Beware. This book will keep you all night, while making you second guess everything you know, and everyone you’ve ever loved.”

–Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Find Her

Creepy and engrossing…takes readers deep into the heart of a marriage and exposes some of the darker drives, such as possession and control, that can lurk within even the most harmonious of unions.” Booklist

The Marriage Pact



Film rights optioned to 20th Century Fox
Audiobook by Blackstone Audio

Please contact Anne Borchardt at Georges Borchardt Inc. for film rights inquiries on other titles (The Marriage Pact and The Year of Fog are currently under option).



Iztok-Zapad (Bulgarian)
China South Booky Culture (Chinese)
Lumen (Croatian)
Domino (Czech)
Klim (Danish) – Title Til Doden Jer Skiller (Sept. 2017)
Prometheus (Dutch) – Title HET HUWELIJKSPACT
Varrak (Estonian) – Abielupakt
Presses de la Cité (French)
Random House Diana (German)
Livanis (Greek)
Yediot and Books in the Attic (Hebrew)
Libri (Hungarian)
Rizzoli (Italian)
Hayakawa (Japanese)

Korean (TBA)
Kontinent (Latvian)
Alma Littera (Lithuanian)
Cappelen Damm (Norwegian)
Otwarte (Polish)
ASA (Portuguese)
Globo (Portuguese-Brazil)
Eksmo (Russian)
Laguna (Serbian) –Bracni Pakt (October 2017)
Slovak-Ikar (Slovenian)
Maeva (Spanish)
Natur & Kultur (Swedish) – Title PAKTEN (July 25, 2017)
Hep Kitap (Turkish) – Title  Evlilik Sözlemesi (August 2017)
Michael Joseph, Penguin Random House (UK) (July 2017)
Rakon (Ukrainian)

Please contact Valerie Borchardt at Georges Borchardt Inc. for foreign rights inquiries

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