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The Golden Couple

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The Golden Couple A solid 4.5 star book from a the top 10 writing duo of Hendricks and Pekkanen. Since this dynamic duo is a favorite of mine, I was super excited for the opportunity to listen to and give feedback on their newest thriller, The Golden Couple. A good group of narrators can obviously make or break an audio book and I am happy to say that the narrator was excellent for this book! I enjoyed her production of both male and female characters and it was easy to tell the characters apart. 
The storyline and plot of The Golden Couple was also unique, making it it a very enjoyable read. I am a frequent reader of suspense thrillers but this one kept me guessing right up until the end.  4.5 solid stars
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STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND READ THIS BOOK. Seriously, so so good! After loving this author duo’s first two books (The Wife Between Us and An Anonymous Girl) and being disappointed with their 3rd book (You Are Not Alone), I didn’t know what to expect with The Golden Couple. I clearly had nothing to worry about, because the story was phenomenal! I really had no idea where the plot was going until it got there, which is very rare for a thriller snob like myself! The narration was also FANTASTIC from both sides. Easy 5 stars from me! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for my advanced audio copy in exchange for my honest review!
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I didn’t read the summary or reviews. I didn’t go into it with the need to solve the mystery before the reveal. I just read it as it was written only knowing it was a thriller. And boy was it FUN! I took things at face value. I loved it! Binge read! Easy & quick! Entertaining psychological mystery/thriller. I loved it! 

Read on if you need a little incentive. 

A marriage therapist who’s claim to fame is fixing couples in 10 visits. A perfect couple who’s one moment of infidelity has their relationship in peril. BUT they’re perfect. 

The story flips between 2 character’s POV and 2 timelines. A page turner. 

Thank you NetGalley & Macmillan Audio for supplying the Advance Reader Copy. I’ve already bought the book. 

Publication date - Feb 22, 2022
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Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanan are becoming household names lately! I was excited to listen to their newest book, The Golden Couple and want to thank @macmillan.audio and @netgalley for the early copy!

I always think of their books as popcorn thrillers/contemporary fiction; I devour them but they’re never too groundbreaking or mind blowing for me personally. I enjoy them nonetheless, and the same goes for The Golden Couple. Actually, I think I might have enjoyed this one more than the others!

I loved the concept: if unconventional therapist Avery Chambers can’t fix your problems in 10 sessions, she won’t take you on as a client. Marissa and her husband turn to her after Marissa cheats. The secrets don’t stop at the affair though, and Avery is determined to air out all of their secrets so they can heal.

Avery’s 10 steps took us on quite the ride and threw us for quite a loop. The “bad guy” wasn’t a huge surprise to me but I really enjoyed the route we took to get there! There was a decent core cast of characters to follow and unravel their inner workings along the way. 

I was pleasantly surprised with the way the women handled things in this novel. There’s a few women that started with some initial cattiness but ended up being great allies to one another when I could have seen things going in a very different direction.

The narrators, Karissa Vacker and Marin Ireland, were both phenomenal and easy to follow along with. Their narrator made me want to keep listening and made it easy to speed up the audio and finish quickly!
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I received an audio copy of The Golden Couple from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

In my opinion The Golden Couple is your typical psychological thriller. Husband, wife, childhood friend and therapist in a convoluted dance. The story is easy to follow and the culprit easy to guess. 

I think the physician and digital book would be better than the audio. The female narrator was always frantic. The male was flat. 

I give this audio book 2 stars. I was generous with my stars.
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I absolutely LOVE this writing duo! All of their books are amazing and The Golden Couple is no exception! 

This is a bit of a slower burn, character-driven psychological thriller and those are my fave!!

If you like short chapters and entertaining characters who all have something to hide, I highly recommend this one! This one also has a therapist aspect which I always enjoy in my thrillers as well. 

Hendricks ans Pekannen always a deliver a wild and fun ride. Great stories with fantastic endings … You can’t go wrong with their books!
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Avery Chambers is a therapist, or at least she was until she lost her license due to her unorthodox methods. Now only able to consider herself a consultant, she has no shortage of work. She guarantees to fix her clients in ten sessions, and has been extremely successful. 

Marissa Bishop was referred to Avery through a friend and is desperate for her help. Avery and her husband, Matthew, are successful, wealthy, and happy- The Golden Couple. Despite this, Marissa ends up cheating one night. She loves her husband, her son, and believes Avery can be the one to repair them. 

This is the first novel I’ve read from Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, but it most certainly won’t be my last. It was a book full of secrets and I devoured each one while these authors took me through many twists and turns. I’m often not a fan of slow burn character-driven thrillers, as they can be tough to keep my interest, but this was a great example of how it can be done right. Avery and Marissa were such intriguing characters and the alternating chapters between their POVs left me wanting to know more.

While I was able to guess some of the twists, I think I may have just gotten lucky. I was never entirely sure and often found myself second guessing. The book also had several mysterious side characters that made for multiple possible outcomes. 

I am grateful to have been given the audiobook along with an ecopy, and it was very well done. There is a separate narrator for Avery and Marissa, and each really brought the character the life. If you enjoy audiobooks, this one won’t disappoint!

Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press, Macmillan Audio, and NetGalley for my advance copies in exchange for an honest review.
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Thank you so much to Macmillan Audio and NetGalley for this audiobook in exchange for my honest review. 

The Golden Couple is a winner! Lately, I’ve been so disappointed by dull, slow and predictable thrillers, but this one had me on the edge of my seat the entire book! I was hooked from Chapter One and could not put it down. 

I loved the two POVS and the main characters, Avery and Marissa. This is one of those books there you truly have no idea who to trust. There’s so many shady characters that gave you bad vibes. I also loved the setting - the authors must live in the DC area because I felt like they truly captures the different neighborhoods and popular businesses. 

This is probably personal preference, but the narration was extremely slow. The pace took away from the thrilling points of the book, however, if you’re like me, just listen to it at 1.5x speed and it’ll be perfect 👍🏻 I haven’t read anything else by the authors, but I definitely will now!
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I enjoyed this book. I listened to the audiobook and I liked the narrator’s voice. There were lots of red herrings and though I probably should have guessed the ending I didn’t. Worth the read.
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This is the first book I read by this duo.  I loved the alternating point of view, and how they often took a step back when alternating, to recount each character’s perspective leading up to the events.  The book was tense and full of twists, and as a DcC and Maryland native it was fun to know exactly some of the locations mentioned in the book!  I have this book a 4 star rating on Goodreads!
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I really loved the premise of this book. I had read The Wife Between Us from this author duo before and thought it was just ok, so I was interested to see what this new book was like. For me, this one was definitely more thrilling than The Wife Between Us. I really enjoyed the dual perspective and getting to learn about the couples marriage alone with their therapist. I also enjoyed the little side story that was doing on with Avery and her paranoia because of that. All of the different side characters being introduced made it difficult to know who to trust, so you were feeling on edge the entire time. 

I did really enjoy the twists towards the end, but for me it was a little bit of a slow start. However, if you're really into a domestic thriller where the suspense really just centers on a crumbling relationship, I think you'll love it. I personally just need a little more action to keep me hooked. However, I think I enjoyed the story a lot more via audiobook. Having two narrators made it really easy to keep track of who's perspective we were listening to. The voice actors also did a really great job portraying the suspense or panic that the characters would have been feeling. I think I felt that a lot more in the audiobook than I would have reading this book physically. 

Overall I still enjoyed my time listening to this book and I think lovers of domestic thrillers (and this author duo's other books) will have a great time with it.
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My thanks go to Net Galley and St. Martin’s Press for the invitation to read and review. The Golden Couple is the third novel I’ve read by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, and it’s the best so far. This book becomes available to the public, in print and in audio, March 8, 2022. Those that enjoy a solid psychological thriller should order it right now. 

We have three major characters. The first is Avery, the therapist, and she is the only one to use the first person, so if we have to choose one character as protagonist, she’s the one. The other two are Marissa and Matthew, two halves of the married couple she is counseling. The narrative shifts between them, with the lion’s share going to Avery and Marissa, and less to Matthew. 

Before we go farther, I will tell you that when I learn that Avery is a therapist, my initial reaction is the eye roll. Seriously? Another therapist, as in An Anonymous Girl? Can we have a little variety here, maybe. And suspicious type that I am, I think I smell a good writing team becoming hacks, too comfortable with a formula. But oh no no no, that’s not at all what is happening here! This is nowhere near the same story. 

The premise is that Marissa wants to come in with Matthew for counseling. She has cheated on him—just once—and she wants to tell him, but she is afraid of his reaction. She treasures her marriage, and the little family they have created with their son, eight year old Bennett. She doesn’t want him to leave her, and he has a bit of a temper. She’s come to ask a pro for help, and has heard fine things about Avery’s work. Avery has a ten-step method that she swears will help every couple, whether it’s to find a way to stay together, or the best way to uncouple. She believes the marriage can be saved. 

Now, Avery, our therapist, is an odd duck. She’s lost her license to practice as a psychologist because of some unconventional methods, and we learn this right at the outset, so we’re already on the back foot, watching to see if she does something hinky. She seems like she may be a bit sketchy, and the couple seem almost too good to be true, both ready to do whatever it takes to salvage their relationship and move forward. And yet, clearly, not all is as it seems. 

I can’t tell you more than that. You don’t want a lot of information going in. Because this is a work of suspense, you can’t guess who the baddy is by keeping track of the facts as they are revealed; just sit back, and enjoy the ride. 

I also received the audio version, and I alternated my reading between it and the review copy on my Kindle. Voice actors Karissa Vacker and Marin Ireland do a fine job; it’s really a toss up as to which version is better, so go with the medium you most enjoy. 

Highly recommended to those that like the genre.
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I have enjoyed books by these authors before but haven't listened to one of theirs. I was blown away!!

I loved the back and forth style of writing in the story told from different perspectives. I was instantly sucked into the characters and felt invested in what they were doing. The narrators did a great job and always kept my interest. 
I couldn't stop listening, and loved the surprise ending. I don't want to say too much, but if you're thinking about reading this one, do it!
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I really liked the narrators of this book! This was a slow burn but the ending was full of twists and surprises! I kept trying to put the puzzle together through the whole book , I finally put a big part of the puzzle together when I was about 70% through the book, so I wasn’t a obvious twist but it was written very well . I couldn’t stop listening to the audio , I had to know everything! I really enjoyed this book and I would definitely recommend. Great plot great twists , great characters .
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4.5 rounded up to 5 stars

Greer Hendericks & Sarah Pekkanen are back and ask how far are you willing to go in order to save your marriage:

All Avery needs is 10 sessions, 10 sessions in order to help you overcome the biggest obstacles in your life, from domineering parents, to overbearing partner to assault, Avery will take you on as a client. When Marissa first contact Avery, it is out of the need to confess to her husband that she has been unfaithful to him and she wants him to forgive her and make their family work for the sake of their 8-year old son. But the more Avery digs into the Bishops lives she cannot help but notice that there are other things going, other secrets that need to be revealed and it is simply not just the marriage that is in danger.
 
This is the third book that I have read by Hendericks and Pekkanen and I think this is my favourite so far. The Golden Couple is a fantastic book that may start a bit slow, but trust me keep reading and all the twists, turns and shocking moments will come. Just when you think you have the plot figured out or have the person figured out a new twist will emerge and completely shatter what you thought before. 
 
Avery seems like half therapist half private eye as she not only performs stakeout on her clients, but also digs into their past and present, to try and really determine who her clients really are as people as well as why they have really sought her out. I liked this mix as it meant that Avery was not limited to the therapy session with trying to help her clients. It also gives the reader a better understanding of who Avery is and there are even tidbits about how she has helped other clients. I like that Avery is a rebel in her profession and while she may not be 100% honest on far into her clients lives she digs she does it to help them.
 
I personally did not care for Marissa's POV. I felt that it was just a bit of a filler for the book and had me just wanting to get back to Avery's POV. Marissa's POV did provide some additional details a little bit before Avery found them out, but overall I did not find Marissa's POV that important to the over all plot of the story, even though she was one of The Golden Couple.

I think it is a testament to this book that I would like to read more about Avery and the clients that she helps in her own unconventional way. I think that Hendrick and Pekkanen could easily have a series around her based upon what they have achieved in this book.

If you are looking for a domestic suspense, mystery book (and don't mind a bit of a slow burn) that is very much character driven then this one is for you. I am really looking forward to seeing what Hendrick and Pekkanen come out with next.

Enjoy!!!
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This thriller was just okay. I thought the main characters were somewhat negative and there were a lot of things that seemed unrealistic to life. I think the plot could have followed a lot better without some of the predictable thriller plot lines. 

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy to honestly review.
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I was very excited to be able to listen to the audiobooks of The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. The narration was excellent and the story came to life.   
  Marissa and Matthew Bishop have it all but do they really? Marissa is holding on to a secret, she cheated on her husband and she knows she needs to tell him but is afraid when he finds out the truth it’ll kill him. She loves him and wants to fix things, especially for the sake of their 8 year old son, shes in desperate need to make her family whole again. 
    Marissa makes an appointment with Avery Chambers , she had recently gone rouge in the psychoanalytic world after losing her license due to the controversial ways she runs her patients. Avery isn’t like any other therapist, she has a 10 session process and inserts herself into her clients lives being able to piece together people and places like a Private Investigator.  She’s a kind hearted woman with some secrets of her own but that doesn’t stop her from helping her patients until the end. 
   This psychological thriller is the most anticipated of 2022 and I can see why. Twists and turns at every angle, this is definitely an edge of your seat page turner late into the night. 
3.5 stars.
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Avery Chambers is a rogue therapist who has a 10 sessions to success plan. When Marissa and Mathew Bishop come in and Marissa immediately confesses to an affair, the stage is set. Avery takes them on as clients, and despite Mathew's initial reluctance, the Bishops seem intent on repairing their relationship. But there is something just not right about it all...

This is a domestic suspense that had me sucked in immediately. I felt like there were so many shady characters and I did not know who to trust. Avery's and Marissa's POV were both really suspicious and revealed just enough at the right moments. What really sealed it for me was the end. I left this story feeling like cheering a little.

The narration was phenomenal. Both voices carried the spectrum of emotions from confidence to fear and confusion with ease. It was a great audio choice, and I am so glad I was granted access to it by Macmillan Audio and the Authors via NetGalley.
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This book is told in three parts.  The story is told by the therapist named Avery and the wife of the couple that Avery is trying to help named Marissa. The story is about  a therapist who has lost her license due to her to her unusual way of helping her clients. The book follows a couple the therapist is helping and you are introduced to the 10 session plan. At many points you think you know who and what the issues are for the couple, that is until you make it to the third part when you realize that everything you think you know….you don’t. This was a very enjoyable, suspenseful read, and if you listen to the audio version you are really in for a treat. Two fantastic narrators who really give the characters real life.
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I love myself a thriller, and this book was no exception. I literally binged this audiobook today on my way to and from classes because I've been itching to read it, and let me tell you... I was NOT disappointed. This novel follows Marisa and Matthew Bishop, the couple that seems perfect but suffers from a vast relationship betrayal. They get the help of an ex-therapist named Avery, who has many secrets of her own. Get ready for some twists and turns and, of course, some gasping! This book keeps you guessing until the very end!
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