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The Golden Couple

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Marissa and Matthew are The Golden Couple in this fast paced thriller by the marvelous writing duo of Sarah Pekkanen and Greer Hendricks. 

I listened to this one and the narrators were very good.  Marissa and Matthew are have issues in their marriage and they go to get help from Avery.  Avery has lost her license but not is working as a counselor and has a 10 session plan for het clients.  Marissa drops a bomb and there is like a of action that will keep you guessing to the end!!

Really enjoyed this one and can’t wait to read the next one by this great writing team,
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I almost didn’t finish this book three times. I didn’t like it as much as previous  books by the authors. Other people seem to enjoy it though.
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I usually like these authors together and this book kept me guessing but.....I just did not connect with any of the characters (except maybe Bennet and Coco - The boutique).  There were some unique twists and turns.....but did not knock my socks off.
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Marissa and Mathew Bishop are a DC/Maryland "Golden Couple" They are beautiful people, popular, and successful in their individual careers and have the perfect marriage, or do they? When Marissa is unfaithful to Mathew, she knows their marriage is in trouble. She hires the infamous couple's counselor, Avery Chambers, hoping that her unconventional approach is going to salvage her marriage. Avery was a therapist who lost her licence for some questionable practices, but a counselor does not need to be licensed. She claims that she can help you resolve your problems with just ten sessions. She is also very selective in who she chooses to treat. Marissa and Mathew have an 8 year old child and Marissa is the main caregiver as Mathew works so many hours. Can Avery help them save their marriage?

This was a story that took me some time to get into, as the first part of the story sets it all up and is a bit slow, but stick with this one. There are also several secondary characters that play important roles in the story. The story is told from the POV of Avery the therapist and Marissa, the unfaithful wife. As I read this book, I wasn't sure who to believe. There were secrets, spying on each other, phonecalls and more that played a role, but you had to figure out what. Hendricks and Pekkanen took this reader on a wild ride as the true natures of these multi-faceted characters are revealed. Things happen that kept me trying to guess what was going to happen next? There was also a secondary storyline where Avery was a whistle blower and someone was stalking her. As tidbits were revealed, I was sure I had it all figured out, but wow, was I wrong. Secrets, unreliable narrators, lies and tension made this a domestic thriller that I enjoyed. This is one of those popcorn books that you just need to sit back, go with it and enjoy the reading experience. I enjoyed the audiobook that was narrated by Karissa Vacker and Marin Ireland. These are two performers that I enjoy due to their voices, expression, tone and emotion. With the story being narrated by two female characters, this was a perfect choice for the audiobook. I did a read/listen, but recommend the audiobook, if you enjoy that format.
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The Golden Couple
Greer Hendricks  &  Sarah Pekkanen
reviewed by Lou Jacobs

 

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“The Golden Couple” is only a superficial allusion, clouded by secrets and deceit. Marissa and Mathew Bishop appear to have it all: a seemingly perfect life with life in the suburbs and highly successful financial standing and a much-loved son. Both husband and wife are very attractive.

It all comes crashing down with a single act of infidelity by Marissa.

In an effort to save her marriage, family and “perfect” family she convinces Matthew to seek therapy with a very unconventional, but renowned therapist, Avery Chambers. Avery would not take you on as clients, unless she felt she could help with her unique ten session therapy.

Avery has an extremely hands on approach, that not only involves office therapy sessions, but she frequently inserts herself into the field, to investigate material uncovered in the sessions; judging their authenticity and motivation. Her field work rivals the best of all fiction’s female amateur detectives—move over Miss Marple and Jessica Fletcher. Lies and deceit come tumbling down. All of the involved characters are deliciously laid out in a multi-layered web, confounded by secrets that will gradually unfold, amongst a plethora of red herrings. No one apparently is who we originally thought.

Hendricks and Pekkanen seamlessly craft a complex and twisted narrative that delves into the minds and actions of all involved, while slowly ratcheting up tension and intrigue, and culminating an unexpected explosive denouement. The reader is immersed in an intricate plot in this tense and addictive psychological thriller. Avery Chamber’s first-person narrative is expertly alternated with those of Marissa, encouraging the “hooked” reader into rapid page-turning to uncover the true motivations and secrets. There is a sinister element that binds the secrets and deceit together. Who really is trustworthy? Jump on board to this emotional roller coaster ride and explore the human psyche and diversity of relationships.

 I personally switched back and forth between reading the book and listening to the audiobook. Marin Ireland and Karissa Vacker provided superb narration, their voices and inflections brought the multiple characters to life in the “theater” of my mind.

Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan Publishers for providing an Uncorrected Proof and Audio Recording in exchange for an honest review. Just another excellent novel in a string of collaborations between Hendricks and Pekkanen, who possess amazing synchronicity.
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Fun thriller that kept me guessing, guessing and guessing some more.  Just when I thought I had figured out "who-dun-it," I had more thinking to do.  The writing is fast-paced and a page-turner.  I am very impressed by this duo's previous books so it looks like it's a guarantee that each book fits right into that expectation.
The audio version was great.  The narrators captured the personalities of the characters beautifully.  The pace is right on target and the differentiation between them was spot on.  A fun audio experience!
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The Golden Couple, by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, may well be the best psychological thriller I have read, surpassing Gone Girl and many others.

Rogue therapist Avery Chambers has a unique 10 session route to resolution. Marissa and Matthew Bishop have sought her help but Marissa has brought Matthew under the false pretense of an issue with their son, Bennett, when it is actually to confess her infidelity and to seek healing for their marriage. 
In a flashback manner, Marissa reflects on meeting Matthew one summer when they were just kids. The summer when her best friend Tina was murdered. The back and forth to this time becomes integral to the story.

This is an excellent domestic thriller with so many twists the reader will not see coming. This is the first book I have read by this dynamic author duo but it will not be the last! I very much enjoyed this book and I do recommend it!
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*received for free from netgalley for honest review* yikes. yikes and yikes again! wow this was a crazy read! would recommend, might read again in the distance future.
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I though the writing of the book was great and enjoyed how twisty it was; however, I didn’t like any of the characters 😫
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This duo keeps getting stronger and stronger. The Golden Couple is a twisty, turning read with multiple POVs. It took me a few chapters to find my stride with the story, but I couldn't put it down once I did—an intriguing and unique read.
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The plot saved this book, brought it to 3 stars instead of 2. The writing was good and I liked the plot twist. I didn’t like any of the characters, especially the therapist. I never could understand what her angle was.
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Another unique mystery by the authors of The Wife Between Us, An Anonymous Girl and You Are Not Alone. Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen make a superb writing team!
Just when I thought I had it all figured out I was wrong. The subtle twists and layer upon layer of deception had me second guessing everything.
Matthew and Marissa seem to have the perfect life together until Marissa is unfaithful. In order to keep their marriage together Marissa seeks out couples therapy.
Avery Chambers is an unconventional and unlicensed therapist that has designed a ten session approach to fixing marriages in trouble. She will go to any lengths to help her clients.
A rollercoaster ride of deceit and secrets are revealed and this psychological thriller quickly becomes intense.
Will Avery be able to fix them? It's fun finding out!

Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan Audio for an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
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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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3.75/5

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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