A Good Marriage was one of my picks for the May Book of the Month Box. I also joined a buddy read for it this month.
What I liked about this book are the main female characters, Lizzie and Amanda. Although Amanda is deceased at the beginning, the chapters alternate between the two ladies. I loved being able to read about the victims (Amanda) life the days leading up to her murder.
Lizzie is a kickass attorney who doesn’t follow her gut feeling while representing her old law school classmate, Zach. I didn’t like Zach from the beginning. What a narcisist! He never comes off as genuine or seem to care that his wife was murdered. His only worry was getting out of jail. However at the beginning, you’re all like no way he couldn’t have killed Amanda. However as we get deeper and deeper into the story your thoughts change.
While trying to get Zach out of Rikers, Lizzie is dealing with her alcoholic husband who gets blackout drunk. One night he came home with blood on his clothes which happened to be the same night Amanda was murdered! Everyone is a suspect! Slow but surely the main couples perfect shells start to crack, and the secrets and the lies come pouring out! It’s a lot to keep up with!
Once again I did not figure out who the killer was. I felt the killers background and history was rushed. It came out of left field for me. There are some pretty good twists in the story towards the end, the killer just wasn’t one of them to me.
This book is available now!
Book Rating: 4/5
For the grand finale this would pair nicely with a Shannon Reserve Chardonnay 2016.
Big Little Lies meets Presumed Innocent in this riveting novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia, in which a woman’s brutal murder reveals the perilous compromises some couples make—and the secrets they keep—in order to stay together.
Lizzie Kitsakis is working late when she gets the call. Grueling hours are standard at elite law firms like Young & Crane, but they’d be easier to swallow if Lizzie was there voluntarily. Until recently, she’d been a happily underpaid federal prosecutor. That job and her brilliant, devoted husband Sam—she had everything she’d ever wanted. And then, suddenly, it all fell apart.
No. That’s a lie. It wasn’t sudden, was it? Long ago the cracks in Lizzie’s marriage had started to show. She was just good at averting her eyes.
The last thing Lizzie needs right now is a call from an inmate at Rikers asking for help—even if Zach Grayson is an old friend. But Zach is desperate: his wife, Amanda, has been found dead at the bottom of the stairs in their Brooklyn brownstone. And Zach’s the primary suspect.
As Lizzie is drawn into the dark heart of idyllic Park Slope, she learns that Zach and Amanda weren’t what they seemed—and that their friends, a close-knit group of fellow parents at the exclusive Grace Hall private school, might be protecting troubling secrets of their own. In the end, she’s left wondering not only whether her own marriage can be saved, but what it means to have a good marriage in the first place.