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Alice, ancienne rockeuse reconvertie en avocate, et Jake, psychologue, s'aiment, l'avenir leur appartient. Pour leur mariage, un riche client d'Alice leur offre un présent singulier : l'adhésion au " Pacte ". Le rôle de ce club très select ? Garantir à ses membres un mariage heureux et pérenne, moyennant quelques règles de conduite : décrocher systématiquement quand le conjoint appelle, s'offrir un cadeau tous les mois, prévoir une escapade trois fois par an... mais surtout, ne parler du Pacte à personne. Alice et Jake sont d'abord séduits par l'éthique, les cocktails glamour et la camaraderie que fait régner le Pacte sur leur vie... Jusqu'au jour où l'un d'eux contrevient au règlement. Le rêve vire au cauchemar. Mais, l'adhésion au Pacte, c'est comme le mariage : pour le meilleur... et pour le pire.
Suspense et tension psychologique constituent le carburant de ce roman au vitriol, qui décrypte les hypocrisies de l'institution matrimoniale et entraîne le lecteur dans une intrigue sombre, palpitante et jamais dénuée d'ironie. Publié dans trente pays, Piège conjugal est en cours d'adaptation pour le grand écran par la Twentieth Century Fox.
Ellie Enderlin spent most of her childhood living in her sister's shadow. Lila was the good daughter - a mathematical genius who could do no wrong in their parents' eyes. Whereas Ellie was younger, wilder and could never quite match up. Until one day the shape of their family changes forever. Lila is brutally murdered. In the aftermath of her sister's death, Ellie entrusts her most intimate feelings to a man who betrays her utterly by turning the story into a bestselling true crime book - a book that both devastates her family and identifies one of Lila's professors as her killer.Twenty years later and two Americans meet by chance in a remote village in Nicaragua. Ellie is now a professional coffee buyer, an inveterate traveller and incapable of trust. Peter is the academic who saw his career ruined by being named as Lila's killer. He protests his innocence and leaves Ellie with a gift - the notebook that Lila carried everywhere, a piece of evidence not found with her body. Stunned, Ellie will return home to San Francisco to explore the mysteries of Lila's notebook, filled with mathematical equations, and begin a search that has been waiting for her all these years. It will lead her to discover more about the lover no one knew Lila had, to the motives and fate of the man who profited from their family's anguish - and to the deepest secrets even sisters keep from each other.
Life changes in an instant. On a foggy beach in San Francisco, Abby Mason - photographer, fiancée, soon-to-be-stepmother - looks away from six-year-old Emma for an instant. By the time she looks back, Emma has disappeared.Devastated by guilt, haunted by her fears about becoming a mother, Abby refuses to believe that Emma is dead. Now, as the days drag into weeks, as the police lose interest and fliers fade on telephone poles, Emma's father finds solace in religion. But Abby can only wander the beaches and city streets, attempting to recover the past and the little girl she lost.
Jenny and Amanda Ruth were best friends in a small Alabama town until eighteen-years-old Amanda Ruth was murdered. Now, fourteen years later, Jenny has traveled with her husband to China to scatter Amanda Ruth’s ashes and finally fulfill her friend’s dream of visiting her Chinese father’s homeland. It’s also, Jenny hopes, an opportunity to repair her own troubled marriage. But as she journeys through a foreign landscape, the guilty secrets of Jenny’s past rise up and her life will be inexorably altered.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Fog (“Highly recommended [for fans of] authors like Jodi Picoult and Jacquelyn Mitchard” --Library Journal, starred review) and No One You Know (“Luminous . . . will keep you thinking long after the last page has been turned”--Family Circle), Michelle Richmond’s stunning novel captivates with its depiction of the powerful intimacies of marriage, friendship, and family that shape our paths and the bonds of home that buoy us--wherever home may be.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
The state of California votes on secession in the wake of a divisive presidential election in this gripping, prescient novel of marriage, family, and the profound moments that shape our lives.
Doctor Julie Walker has just signed her divorce papers when she receives news that her younger sister, Heather, has gone into labor. Though theirs is a strained relationship, Julie sets out for the hospital to be at her sister’s side--no easy task since the streets of San Francisco are filled with tension and strife. Today is also the day that Julie will find herself at the epicenter of a violent standoff in which she is forced to examine both the promising and the painful parts of her past--her Southern childhood; her romance with her husband, Tom; her estrangement from Heather; and the shattering incident that led to her greatest heartbreak.
Infused with emotional depth and poignancy, Golden State takes readers on a journey over the course of a single, unforgettable day--through an extraordinary landscape of love, loss, and hope.
Praise for Golden State
“A stirring look at the ties that bind husband-wife, mother-child and even sisters, and what happens when they’re torn asunder. Set in a San Francisco chafing with unrest both political and personal, the world Richmond creates is exquisitely charged with regret and hope.”--Family Circle
“[A] riveting read that can be recommended to fans of Jodi Picoult and Jacquelyn Mitchard . . . Mesmerizing and intricate, Richmond’s dissection of a California on the violent brink of secession from the nation provides the backdrop to her deeper inspection of the uneasy, fragile relationship between siblings.”--Booklist (starred review)
“[An] amazing, turbulent novel woven of disparate threads . . . Nearly every feature of this mesmerizing novel is provocative, as Richmond explores the fragmented, hopeful lives of complex characters. This is gripping, multilayered must-read fiction.”--Library Journal (starred review)
“An exciting premise . . . skillfully written . . . Julie’s past and her relationship with the other characters are scrutinized as the clock ticks. It’s an interesting and sometimes-disturbing study.”--Kirkus Reviews
“Richmond takes readers through a bittersweet, heartwarming tale of a woman on the cusp of life-changing events in both her personal and professional lives. . . . Once invested, the reader is carried away by this action-packed, poignant story, making this a tale that will live in the heart of the reader once the last page is read.”--RT Book Reviews
“This is a thoughtful book about how past circumstances change us into the people we are today, for the good or bad. Julie is a sympathetic and relatable character, and readers will definitely feel for her as she goes through her life-changing day.”--The Parkersburg News and Sentinel
“Richmond . . . delivers a page-turner.”--San Jose Mercury News
“A breathtaking read and one I’ll not soon forget.”--Melanie Benjamin, author of The Aviator’s Wife
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THE NEW RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB THRILLER AND SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER. THE PERFECT HEART-STOPPING THRILLER . . . First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes your first big mistake.How far are you willing to go for the perfect relationship?Newlyweds Jake and Alice are offered a mysterious wedding gift - membership of a club which promises its couples will never divorce.Signing The Pact seems the start to a perfect marriage.Until one of them breaks the rules.The marriage of their dreams is about to become their worst nightmare.Because The Pact is for life.And its members will do anything to make sure no one leaves . . .
'A pacey page-turner of a novel' Richard & Judy Book Club'A brilliant premise . . . tautly plotted and deftly written' J P Delaney
'Ranks with Gone Girl' Joseph Finder
'Beware. This will keep you up all night' Lisa Gardner'You won't be able to turn the pages fast enough' Paula Daly
How far is too far when it comes to protecting your marriage? Find out in this relentlessly paced novel of psychological suspense for anyone who loved The Couple Next Door.
“Ranks with The Stepford Wives and Gone Girl as a terrifying look at what it really means to say ‘I do.’”--Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of The Switch
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.
Praise for The Marriage Pact
“This fast-paced nail-biter goes in unpredictable directions. . . . It also raises thoughtful questions about individual agency and marital commitment. With strong writing, intriguing characters, and a compelling conceit, this psychological thriller seems destined for the top of summer reading lists. Recommended as a fresh voice for readers of Gillian Flynn or Ruth Ware.”--Library Journal (starred review)
“Creepy and engrossing . . . [The Marriage Pact 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
“Gripping, thought-provoking, and irresistible.”--Dean Koontz
“Riveting psychological suspense! This book will keep you up all night, while making you second-guess everything you know and everyone you’ve ever loved.”--Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Right Behind You