Tuesday, June 23, 2020

A Good Marriage - by Kimberly McCreight

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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kimberly McCreight's latest thriller is filled to the brim with domestic suspense! What is a good marriage? It means something different to everyone, I'm sure. Yet, in Park Slope, where the secrets run deep, the definition of 'good' takes on a life of its own as the author skillfully draws her readers into the lives of four different marriages, and then some!

McCreight takes us on a ride-along through the legal proceedings of a husband accused of his wife's murder, the days leading up to said death, and the drama surrounding the email hack at the prestigious high school that their children all attend. Talk about a whirlwind unfolding before our very eyes! I don't want to give too much away as the blurb sums it up pretty well, and, let's face it - some things are better left experienced first-hand.

I believe this is the first 'legal thriller' I've ever read unless you include 'Big Little Lies 'by Liane Moriarty. While there are striking similarities, 'A Good Marriage' is a lot heavier on the legal aspects of the case. I particularly enjoyed the writing style McCreight brings to the table, the intertwined court proceedings mixed with the data breach briefings help break up the individual storylines. At times the sheer amount of characters was a bit overwhelming, about halfway through though I thought I had the who's who pretty much down. This was precisely when the slow-burn kicked it up a notch, with several bread crumbs and reveals left and right. While I didn't guess the conclusion in its entirety, which was a surprise on its own, I wasn't all that shocked either.

Overall 'A Good Marriage' was quite the page-turner. The intrigue alone had me reading the last half in less than a day. I'd recommend this to legal thriller fans who enjoy the trivialities of marriage, as things aren't always greener on the other side, and we never quite know what happens behind closed doors! Similarly, fans of 'Big Little Lies' will surely enjoy the ride.

I've rated my May 2020 Book of the Month a solid four stars! This also happened to be my group's buddy read pick for June 2020. We have our discussion soon, and I'm quite looking forward to it! Have you read this title? If so, what were your thoughts? If not, will it be on your TBR? Thanks for reading!

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Book Blurb:

A New York Times Summer Reads Selection | A People Best Book of the Summer | A Library Reads Pick | A Book Riot Addictive New Thriller to Add to Your TBR Pile | A Book of the Month Selection | An Apple Best Book of the Month | An Audible Most Anticipated Title | A Publishers Weekly Summer Reads Pick | A Bookish Most-Anticipated Novel 

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 Brooklyn Country Day 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.

About the author, Kimberly McCreight: (Connect && Follow!)
Kimberly McCreight is the New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia, which was nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, and Alex Awards and was called Entertainment Weekly's Favorite Book of the Year. Reconstructing Amelia has been optioned for film by HBO and Nicole Kidman's Blossom Films. Ms. McCreight's second adult novel, Where They Found Her, was a USA Today bestseller and a Kirkus Best Mystery of the Year.

She is also the author of The New York Times bestselling young adult trilogy The Outliers (The Outliers, The Scattering, and The Collide), optioned for film by Lionsgate and Reese Witherspoon's Pacific Standard. Her next novel, an adult mystery set in Park Slope, is forthcoming in 2020.

Ms. McCreight attended Vassar College and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two daughters.

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