A page-turner for fans of psychological thrillers
“He’s taking your basic rights. Making you completely dependent on him. I know he provides for your needs, but this isn’t good.”
Who should read it? Psychological thriller lovers.
Would I recommend it? Yes
Possible Triggers (source): Abusive relationship; Blood; Car accident; Cheating; Death; Divorce; Emotional Abuse; Physical Abuse; Pregnancy; Murder; Violence.
No marriage is perfect, but this one is chilling. The Marriage Secret was quite a page-turner for me, from the very beginning. The more-than-one mysterious POV and the way the events unfolded hooked me right away. The pace was almost perfect.
Here are some things I LOVED about the book:
🧡 Some of the twists
I wasn’t completely happy with how part of the plot had developed (more on that below) but the twists were interesting enough to keep me hooked. It’s both good and bad when something is too difficult to predict, but many things in this book were well done.
🧡 Keeps you guessing
The book started strong, which was one of the most positive points. Once you hook the reader, it’s harder to let it go; mostly because it kept you guessing through foreshadowing. The questions in the book? I wanted the answer to them too. Once the book answers some of the questions, then more doubts arise. It’s a great motivation to keep reading.
And this is what I didn’t like as much:
🌧️ Sub-plot shift
Sometimes you’re just convinced that the story will reveal something specific (about a particular character or situation), and then it goes in the opposite direction. In this case, I wanted to know something about the character Zach, to the point that, once this was revealed, I wasn’t sure what other information I was looking forward to discovering anymore. The great foreshadowing technique from the beginning was gone for a moment. Was this now a tale of a woman’s escape? Would there be any other twists? For me, this shift happened in this book, approximately in the middle. I hadn’t stopped reading until that point, and then it took me a further week to finish the book. This was how much of an anti-climax shift it felt for me.
🌧️ The ending
Obviously, I won’t be revealing too much to avoid spoilers; however, I wasn’t entirely happy with the ending. It seemed a bit farfetched and it pretty much turned all characters into unlikeable characters.
Overall The Marriage Secret is just my type of book and I enjoyed it a lot. I think most will appreciate the twists and surprises, especially if you love a good psychological thriller where nothing is what it seems.