When I realized that "The Golden Couple" was written by the same authors as "The Wife Between Us" I knew it was going to be my Book of the Month pick for February. That was one of the wildest books I've ever read with so many twists I had whiplash. I had high hopes and big expectations for "The Golden Couple" and while I was slightly disappointed, it's still a really solid thriller.

The story is so interesting, multiple POVs keep you on your toes, and the ending was something I didn't necessarily see coming. It was really interesting and what I would say has the 'thriller' formula down pat. 

Publisher's Summary

If Avery Chambers can’t fix you in ten sessions, she won’t take you on as a client. She helps people overcome everything, from domineering parents to assault. Her successes almost help her absorb the emptiness she 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.

My Thoughts

As I said above, I had high expectations for this book because of "The Wife Between Us" and while it didn't live up to my personal, insane expectations it was a very solid read with a huge twist that I did not see coming from a mile away.

The central plot, of Avery Chambers being a different kind of therapist was very intriguing and there is so much more to her story than meets the eye. I would love a sequel centered around more of Avery's because I think there is a lot more to be told. Her secrets were held close to the chest but it added to the plot diversity of the story.

Now, Marissa's cheating... that was more straightforward until it wasn't. You think you know exactly what is happening until the rug is pulled out from under you. Can Avery help the Bishops? Is Marissa hiding more than just the cheating? What about her husband and assistant? Is there something there? 

I really enjoyed reading Avery's POV but Marissa was not my favorite character... and I'm not really sure why. I just didn't vibe with her and she felt a little too sketchy for my liking, even if that wasn't her truth.

There were tons of subplots happening in the book, between Avery and her other patients, her husband and then Marissa, her assistant, and what we think is a stalker. There was a lot happening but not too much that it became overwhelming. It was the perfect amount to keep the story moving and keep you guessing.

What I loved most about this novel, aside from the twist at the end, was that everything was kept very close to the chest. There was really no inkling of which way the story was going to go until it smacked you in the face. It was really wonderful! 

I think all thriller lovers are going to enjoy this excellent, well written story!
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