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The Golden Couple

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I go back and forth on this author duo, after reading The Wife Between Us which I loved I have picked up everything since but my enjoyment of this author is dwindling. I think maybe I'm getting more picky in my thirller taste. I found the charcters boring and slow... and the twist i predicted. However I am a sucker and will continue to read withever this author wirtes
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I was so excited to get this book in audio. I also got the hardback from Book of the Month so I could listen and follow along. Go over things and reread. First off, the narration is stellar. It’s really well done. I find audio books to be hit or miss (mostly miss). The voice was easy to follow and precise with the book. The storyline… this is an excellent psychological thriller. Greer and Sarah are a dynamic duo. This story has it all, twists and turns, suspense, and unreliable narrators! Captivating and yet relatable. You’ll be on the edge of your seat and you won’t be able to put this one down. As for the plot… you have a story told from two characters and I don’t want to give anything else away… just read it. You won’t regret it.
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The Golden Couple is by two of my favorite authors – Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. I’ve read both authors on their own and love them but have to admit that together they create magic on the pages of a book.

I was hooked on this story from the beginning and listened to it in a day. The storyline is great and there are many twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat! We’ve got the golden couple who seem to have it all until one of them is unfaithful. They’ve been married a long time and have a son so they decide on marriage counselling. However they end up going to a counsellor who deals with issues differently from your conventional therapist. None could know that all of their lives will change in unpredictable ways because as usual there is much more than just one secret being kept in this group of people.

The audiobook was fantastic! It’s narrated by Karissa Vacker and Marin Ireland and they do a great job of portraying the characters. I’ve listened to Marin Ireland many times and she’s a favorite of mine and just recently listened to Karissa Vacker and really enjoyed the tone of her voice in that novel and this one.

The Golden Couple is one to add to your spring/summer reading and hold on – you’re in for a good listen or read!
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Thank you NetGalley and MacMillan Audio for the opportunity to listen to The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.  This story got my attention from the beginning and kept me entertained with twists and turns along the way.  The Bishops seem like the perfect couple until Marissa has a one night stand while her husband is away.  She wants to save her marriage and finds an unconventional therapist to help.  Avery Chambers has lost her license but has a reputation for helping people with their problems, even as she struggles with her own.  No one realizes how intertwined their lives really are.
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What a great psychological thriller! I honestly had no idea how this book was going to end. I did not trust any of the characters. At different points in the book, I questioned who was being honest, who I could trust and the stories being told. The book is told in alternating views and was done flawlessly. Despite their imperfections, I liked all of the characters. They were realistic as were their relationships. Overall, a really fun read!

Thank you netgalley for my arc!
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Can't go wrong with a book written by these two! Captivating story and intriguing characters! Great for mystery/thriller lovers.
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Predictable ending but kept me interested overall. I really enjoy these authors books and look forward to their new release every year or two. If you don’t read a ton of mysteries/suspense books you may not be able to see the ending coming!
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Thank you, Netgalley and the author/publisher, for the opportunity to read and review an advanced reader's copy of this book. This in no way affects my review, all opinions are my own.

Not my favorite Hendricks but definitely a great read! I liked the suspense, I could relate to most of the characters, the writing was great, and I looooved the twist at the end. Some of the suspense was not that suspenseful since it was a bit predictable but I was wrong about a big chunk of it. Definitely a book I'll recommend to friends and family.
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I have read a couple of books by this writing duo and have enjoyed them.  I listened to this one via audio and enjoyed it as well.  Books that include infidelity typically turn me off, but since this was not specifically about the affair, it didn't bother me as much.  This story basically tells of the aftermath of the affair and how it affects all involved.  Not my favorite book by them, but I did still like it.
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Another fantastic story from Green Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen! Thank you Macmillan Audio and netgalley for the opportunity to listen to this book. 

Told from the perspective of two women whose lives are twisted together. (Audio uses different narrators for each woman which is great to remember whose perspective you are hearing). You slowly learn that things are not what they seem and find out these two woman may be more intwined then just that of a therapist and her client. 

This was has a twist at the end so good and so unexpected. I felt like I was looking in all directions EXCEPT the one that was the final answer. 

A must read.
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The narration was good, I was able to differentiate which characters were speaking, the annunciation was good, and I was able to increase the speed to 2.0 and still understand everything. 

Avery was fantastic, I love how ballsy she is now that she has lost her license. As a consultant she gets right in to her clients lives and digs deep for all of their secrets. There were some great misdirections and red herrings throughout this book. Evey time I thought I had if figured out a new twist/reveal would let me know how wrong I was.
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I told myself I was done with domestic thrillers but this one had such great reviews I had to read it.

Avery is a non-traditional therapist.. especially because she lost her license to be a therapist. She invades her clients privacy and learns everything about them in order to help fix their problems. Her new clients are the Bishops. It becomes clear that their marriage is mostly for show. They present to the world the perfect United front, but the truth is they are deeply troubled.

My main issue with domestic thriller is that mainly they are predictable. I'm glad to say that I did not see some of the twists coming. Although I didn't think this was perfect book like some reviews are saying I did really enjoy it.

Thank you netgalley and Macmillan audio for giving me an advanced review copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
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Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen did it again. Any book they co-author goes straight to my TBR.

Marissa and Mathew Bishop have it all: success, wealth, attractiveness, a wonderful child together.  From the outside looking in, they appear to be the "golden couple".  But not everything is as it seems.  Following infidelity, Marissa seeks out the help of Avery, a famed therapist who is known for her unconventional yet wildly successful process.  As the trio navigate their broken marriage, more than the affair comes to light. 
This compulsive read takes you through twists and turns, as Hendricks and Pekkanen do best. I enjoyed the journey they took me on through this book and look forward to their future works!
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I enjoy thrillers on audiobooks. I can’t “accidentally” skip ahead a paragraph, page or even chapter to see what’s coming up next. Someone else is in control of what I’m going to learn and when I’m going to learn it. This additional element of suspense worked well with “The Golden Couple”.

The story is based on the age-old question, can a marriage survive infidelity? At the couple’s first meeting with a high-profile but unconventional therapist, Marissa springs the secret of her affair. Convincing her husband Matthew to give counseling a try, she sets out to repair the damage she’s done to their marriage.

The three main players, wife, husband and therapist, are well constructed characters. The therapist, who has a strict 10-sessions-and-done method, lost her license for working outside the bounds of professional standards. Avery tells clients what to do to fix their relationship and blatantly spies on them to see how they act alone and in public. She finds her way into all the crevasses of their lives.

The authors do a wonderful job with a cast of secondary characters, too. The young and intrusive assistant at Marissa’s boutique is enmeshed in their life. The couple’s high school friend moved to DC six months ago, dredging up feelings about the summer Marissa’s best friend was murdered. Matthew seems to have many late work nights, and a PTO mom knows more about Matthew and his business than Marissa. Toss in a few family members, and Avery has her hands full uncovering secrets and untangling the knots. I look back at this novel and wonder why I didn’t see all the twists and turns coming, but that’s the deft hand of a pair of good authors!
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Amazing book - I really enjoyed how the characters were extremely relatable. I loved the plot and think the author did a great job writing it.
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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me an advanced audio copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.

The golden couple is the story of a couple with a marriage on the rocks and their therapist who promises to solve all their problems in only 10 sessions. The story is told in alternative perspectives from the wife (Marissa) and the therapist (Avery). Each had a different narrator who completely captured the essence of the character. I loved Avery's no-nonsense ways and Marissa's wholesome quiet strength.

The story was really interesting with secrets in each character's background that were told in a string of reveals after getting little bits and breadcrumbs along the way. There were a bunch of red herrings and surprises that definitely kept me engaged and intrigued. The ending was surprising but believable (increasingly hard to do for me as an avid mystery/thriller reader!!), and I felt like things wrapped up well. I did still have one unsolved thread that I would have liked some more info about, but I'll let this little one go :)

My only reason for docking this down from 5 stars is that this title was just too long. I think the book could have easily been shortened by an hour or so (30-50pages?) and still had all the same twists and turns. It just would have packed a better bunch in a slightly shorter story. I was intrigued the entire time and wouldn't have considered stopping listening, but I did find myself hoping for parts of the story to just speed up already because nothing was happening. Not my favorite Hendrikcs/Pekkanen title, but definitely better than their last two books! I'll definitely continue to pick up titles from this duo in the future since I enjoyed this one so much.
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Just finished! Book review. "The Golden Couple" by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen was a page turner, even on audio.  A successful couple with a young son seeks out an alternative counselor (who has lost her license and is now a consultant with some unorthodox ways of helping her clients) to help them get through a one time affair on the wife, Marissa's behalf.  The consultant is Avery and has a good backstory of her own not only how she lost her license, but also how she is being threatened for being a one time whistleblower.  She agrees to see Matthew (the husband) and Marissa for ten sessions and begins counseling and spying on the couple.  Everything is not as it seems and there are several suspicious friends who may be more sinister than it seems at first.  I listened to this entire book in less than a day--I needed to know how it ended.  Each chapter seems to leave you wanting more and so it was hard to stop listening!  This was my first book by this pair of authors, but it will not be my last. Thank you netgalley for the ARC. #bookstagram #thegoldencouple #botm #thrillerreads @greerhendricks @sarahpekkanen #netgalleyreads
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What a great treat it was, listening to this story. It started out as a marriage drama, slowly turned more sinister, threw in some twists and ended as a full fledged thriller - and I was there for all of it.

The Bishop's marriage is in trouble, and they turn to controversial therapist Avery Chambers who takes them on as clients, provided that they strictly follow her very unorthodox method.
Avery and the Bishop's lives become closely intertwined as they slowly unravel lie after lie, and scrub the Bishop's relationship of its golden veneer.

Thanks you NetGalley for the chance to listen to this ARC.
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I am so fond of this writing duo and knew straightaway The Golden Couple would be the perfect audiobook to kick off 2022. Avery may have lost her license to practice, but that doesn’t mean she can’t still fix you in ten sessions. She is a Therapist/Life Coach/Ultimate Meddler turned Rogue Detective.. and I’m 100% here for it! Avery is a relatable character with a fascinating job that I’d love to have, though I would prefer to do it without the murders, the lies, and fearing for my life daily. With plenty of red herrings and twist and turns to keep you engaged, this suspenseful mystery is an easy listen to binge in a day.
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Hendricks and Pekkanen have the dual narrator device down to a science. Each book they write as a duo seems to get sharper, the voices of their characters more distinct. This was particularly obvious during the audiobook version, where each narrator perfectly embodied their character. The voice of Marissa was a bit softer and more unsure, whereas Avery’s narrator was firm and no nonsense. I always knew which narrator I was listening to, and it made it easy to follow along with the story. Sometimes while I drive, my mind tends to wander and I tune back in realizing I’ve missed 20 minutes of my book, but this never happened with The Golden Couple. Part of it was the story, but part of it was having engaging narrators who fit their characters to a T. 

Every character in this story was important, from Marissa’s shop assistant to Avery’s friend from the bar, which was both a good thing and a hindrance, depending on which part of the story I was listening to. Because every character had significance, I never knew who the “bad guy” was, and was left guessing until the very end. On the other hand, the fact that so many strangers were connected strained credulity just a little. It’s all explained in the end, but having Avery’s life so entwined with the Bishop’s just seemed so unlikely to ever happen in real life. 

Overall, this was another solid thriller from this writing duo.
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