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The Golden Couple

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Therapist Avery Chambers has unconventional methods, but her results are undeniable. With their picture perfect marriage on the rocks after an infidelity, Marissa and Mathew Bishop seek out couples therapy with Avery because of her ten-session guarantee. As their paths collide, their lives are changed in unexpected ways.

THE GOLDEN COUPLE is the latest domestic thriller from writing duo Sarah Pekkanen and Greer Hendricks. At times I found the characters to be a bit one-dimensional and difficult to connect with. I enjoyed the twists and ways the past slowly unfolded to reveal the character’s motivations. I’m not sure if this book will be one that sticks with me for years, but chances are, readers aren’t looking for literary staying power here. If you're in the mood for a wild story to toss in your spring break beach bag, this will do just fine. 

I enjoyed the superb audiobook narration by Marin Ireland (one of my favorites!) and Karissa Vacker. The story is told from two POVs and I appreciated the distinct narrators for each. Reading THE GOLDEN COUPLE in  print or audiobook will make for entertaining poolside reading.

RATING: 3.5/5 (rounded up tp 4)
PUB DATE: March 8, 2022

Review will be posted to Instagram in advance of pub date

A big thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press, and Macmillan audio for advanced electronic and audio copies in exchange for an honest review.
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I absolutely, whole heartedly, loved this book. 

I enjoyed 'The Wife Between Us' and 'An Anonymous Girl' but to be honest hated 'You Are Not Alone', so I wasn't sure what to expect from this one. What I got was great! 

As with the other books, the voice/voices the book is told from are very compelling. Even though you're getting a lot of detail about mundane stuff along with the big stuff it doesn't feel bogged down by that. 

One of the things that I really liked about this book, which is probably a weird observation, is that it had the exact right amount of characters. I often find that books have either too few characters (in which case the book is usually pretty boring) or way too many characters (in which case there's often not enough about any of them to make them distinctive enough to keep track of). This one has 5 or 6 characters who are fleshed out and interesting and there's enough going on between all of them to keep it interesting. 

I listen to 3-4 audiobooks a week while I walk my dogs and I absolutely loved that this one was so intriguing that I extended my walks, got up earlier, walked on my lunch breaks, ect, to keep listening!
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Things I look for in a psychological thriller:
- Can't-put-this-book-down vibe
- Twists I didn't guess
- Tidy endings
- Investment in characters
While The Golden Couple isn't groundbreaking or the best thriller I've read by any means, it did tick all the aforementioned criteria and thus, I give this four outta five stars. I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish, and I also like this book more than the previous books penned by this author duo!
What I enjoyed most about The Golden Couple was the character Avery, a former therapist who lost her license because of her boundary-pushing methods. She is a strong female character that dubs as a faux-Sherlock, and I really enjoyed reading her methods of deducing the characters of those around her. From start to finish, I was rooting for her, and this connection is what kept the pages turning.
For a quick psychological thriller, this one entertains for sure! Thank you to Macmillan audio for this ALC - the audio narration is excellent!
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This writing Duo has done it again!!! The Golden Couple will be a very big hit in 2022! Those who love their other books will be thrilled with this new addition to their collection of words. 

  I find that I have a neutral opinion of books written by these authors, yet I still find myself wanting to read more by them. I feel neutral because throughout the book I'm not really being shocked by constant twists and turns. I do have to say there were some very nice mysterious letters and actions thrown into this book to keep us reading, but I find that their books move more slowly and focus on slowly building up the grand reveal at the end.

 I love the book at the end because of the unexpected ending, but I do see how some might easily get bored and DNF it. I like the book even with the slower core because it isn't just about the mystery. It has a lot to do with the lives of the characters and Avery working her magic to help bring this couple back together.

 Each of their characters has unique voices and from the beginning of their books, I feel instantly connected with them. They have strong personalities. In this book Avery is portrayed as a no-nonsense, I will not baby you, therapist. I love the narrator because her voice and portrayal of Avery perfectly matched her personality. Then when the second narrator read Marissa's point of view you could hear her personality in the narrator's voice also.  The audiobook helped to bring the characters to life, for me. 

The Golden couple might not be rock solid as they seem but Avery is confident in her 10 session method and no matter how bad things become or how many curveballs are thrown into the situation throughout the book, her method remains intact. I also have to give Avery credit for her detective work.

  So, yes I did like this book and would recommend it. I like the elements of the contemporary genre in it while also getting some nice doses of the thriller genre. After finishing the book some things click that didn't before and this is a sign of good writing. So not my favorite, most gripping thriller, but I still have a good neutral feeling toward this book.
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What happens when cracks form in your marriage and you have an affair with a friend of your husband's? Marissa is about to find out.

Marissa and Matthew seem to be the perfect couple. But when they start growing apart Marissa ends up having an affair and dragging Matthew to counseling  to come clean, but lies about with who. Matthew seems to forgive Marissa and work on making their marriage stronger. Meanwhile, their therapist, Avery, is having issues of her own with a stalker wanting information about an anonymous tips she made to the FDA. 

This book was so full of twist and turns it will make you second guess everything you read. I could not put this down and was hook from page one. 

Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC.
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This was fantastic! I did not see the ending coming. The dual perspectives of Avery and Marissa, and the fact that there are basically 2 mysteries in one made this fast-paced and intriguing. I will definitely read more by this pair.
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The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

I really like this duo and was super excited to read this book!!

Marissa and Mathew Bishop seem to be the 'Golden Couple', until Marissa cheats! Marissa would like to repair this, will Mathew agree? A friend shares an article on Avery Chambers, a therapist, who lost her license due to controversial methods.

Everyone has secrets!

I enjoyed the book! Although the first half for me lacked a little, I was interested, but didn't completely grab me right away. At about 50% I was hooked! The last half had my attention completely! Twisty and filled with layers of lies!!

Thank you Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen, Macmillan Audio and NetGalley for the audio to listen to this book in return for my honest review!
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4.5  🌟 
Avery is a widowed unlicensed therapist who  has a unconventional 10 step process she uses with her clients. Each step pushes the individual to dig deep and reveal every last  secret they’ve been hiding. Marissa requests Avery’s help discussing an issue with her husband Matthew.  During the couples ten step process Marissa and Matthew experience unusual happenings around them. With all the twists and weird behavior of those surrounding the family, you don’t know who the mastermind is behind all the strange occurrences.

This audiobook baited me from the beginning with mysterious characters and unconventional therapy. It was just a hooker, line and sinker for me! Make “The Golden Couple” one of your March 2022 audiobooks! The narrators Karissa Vacker & Marin Ireland brought this triller novel to life! 

Thank you to Netgalley and MacMillan Audio for this audiobook.
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I could not put this book down. I will easily say this is one of my favorites for 2021. What a ride! The plot was perfectly executed, the characters were flawed, but likable and interesting. I could  see this adapted as a series or movie, and I hope it will be. I will definitely be recommending this one to all my reader friends and to my favorite BookTube channel creators. I can't express how much I enjoyed this story. Do yourself a favor and read it immediately!
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The Golden Couple! Wow! What can I say?!  I rated The Golden Couple 5 stars because it is the most engrossing thriller novel I have read this year! 

I enjoyed the unique story line with plenty of twists and turns to keep readers turning the pages. My life is so very busy, but the The Golden Couple demanded my attention. It is everything the critics have been saying: propulsive, twisty and thrilling! This story is about a couple with marital issues who decide to see a therapist. The wild ride begins when we learn their therapist has a questionable past and troubles of her own. 

I can’t say enough great things about The Golden Couple! I will post my full book review on my book review blog.
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This was another great thriller from this author duo! I enjoyed the perspective changes between the two leading women in the story. The only thing I didn't love is that one was in 1st person and 1 was in third person, and it was a bit frustrating for me. I wish they had both been in the same perspective. Other than that though, the story was fabulous. It's a great thriller that you don't want to put down! I loved all the secrets and the surprising twists!
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Wow! Another 5 star read from this writing duo!! 

Marissa and Matthew appear to be the “Golden couple” on the outside. Great jobs, a beautiful family, perfect house. But are appearances all they seem to be? Marissa and  Matthew reach out to a therapist Avery, who has recently lost her traditional therapist license due to her unconventional therapy practices. Will Avery’s 10 step program to be enough to help Matthew and Marissa before it’s too late?

This book will keep you guessing till the end. While there are plenty of different characters to raise suspicion throughout the book, there aren’t too many where you get confused. I loved the characters in this book so much that I am hoping for a sequel! This was such a page turning, fast read. 

If you love domestic thrillers with jaw-dropping twists and turns, this is the book for you! I listen to this book on audio and both of the female narrators were fantastic. I couldn’t put this book down and I highly recommend it!

Special thank you to Netgalley and MacMillan Audio for this Advanced Copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Thank you Netgalley for this audiobook edition of The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pakkanen.

Avery is a therapist who has lost her license for using unconventional techniques to help her clients.  But that doesn't mean that she hasn't had success, and people still seek her services because she serves off of the beaten trail.

Marissa has sought Avery Bishop out to help her and her husband Matthew.  Their relationship seems perfect, but Marissa has been cheating on Matthew and she desperately wants to make amends.  So begins the enmeshed relationship between Avery and the Bishops.  But while Avery was once confident that she had what it took to help them, they may be more than she is cut out to help...

Very fun, very intriguing.  The audiobook had two narrators which I love to keep the characters separate.  The story hooked me right away.  I loved the slow unfolding of the story, and all of the bubbling secrets that you could see right beneath the surface.  Well written and very enjoyable.
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Excellently done as an audio book, however I feel that the story was lacking. I have read everything these authors have done and this story didn't have the usual thrill that keeps the pages turning quickly. I liked it but it isn't my favorite by them. 

Thank you for letting me listen to this arc copy!
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This book is excellent! Great twists! A classic from this author duo! Definitely would recommend this to anyone who loves a good domestic thriller.
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I absolutely enjoyed this book! It really kept me guessing and wondering what was going to happen next. This is my first book by either Ms. Hendricks or Ms. Pekkanen, but I'll actively look for titles from these authors in the future. This book kept me listening and enjoying every moment as the mysteries were unraveled and secrets were revealed. 

Avery is a therapist who recently lost her license for her "unconventional" treatment plans. Matthew and Marissa start seeing Avery when Marissa reveals that she was unfaithful. Between wondering what exactly happened between Marissa and Matthew, and wondering what is going on in Avery's life, there are a lot of secrets to be revealed and it's a completely fun and engrossing ride. I definitely recommend this book!

The narration was wonderful. Both Karissa Vacker and Marin Ireland, who voiced Avery and Marissa's characters (along with the secondary characters) did a great job and definitely added life to the whole ensemble of characters. I just reviewed The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks; Sarah Pekkanen. #NetGalley #MacmillanAudio
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This is a fun ride that will keep you guessing. 

There are two main characters. Avery is a psychotherapist who has lost her license because of her controversial counseling methods. Marissa goes to see Avery (with her husband Mathew) for counseling. Avery and Marissa are expertly crafted and perfectly flawed. I continually wondered what secrets and motives they might not be revealing. 

Many of the secondary characters were also mysterious and acted in ways that caused me to be suspicious of each of them at one time or another. 

The plot is filled with atmospheric tension right from the start. For Marissa, the tension is related to her marital problems. For Avery, the tension is more complicated and involves an explosive secret that another patient shared. 

The intricately woven plot pulled me in and had me trying to figure out where the twist was going to occur. Every time I thought I knew what was happening, I turned out to be wrong. But I found a tiny breadcrumb just a few chapters before the reveal and I did figure things out. 

This audiobook had a perfect dual narration with Karissa Vacker and Marin Ireland creating fantastic moody voices for the characters. 

Thanks to McMillan audio and Netgalley for an advance review copy in exchange for this honest review.
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A couple of comments about "The Golden Couple":

1) Authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen are back!!!!!!!!!! 

After wowing readers with "The Wife Between Us", these authors set the bar high.

TRUE CONFESSION: I wasn't "wowed" by the authors' two previously released titles. 

"The Golden Couple", however, is in the same "league" as "The Wife Between Us" and is proof that these talented authors have not lost their mojo.

2)  This fast-paced domestic thriller is instantly engaging and begins when "golden couple" Matthew and Marissa hire Avery, a maverick therapist with an unconventional "I will fix you in 10 sessions" promise.  Avery, BTW, has lost her license due to her controversial methods.  Marissa has cheated on her spouse yet is committed to saving her marriage.

Avery is unique and repeatedly defies her profession's code of conduct. I especially enjoyed reading about Avery's off-the-wall tactics that always led to shocking discoveries and unexpected reveals.   

All characters are deeply flawed and vividly portrayed in a storyline replete with many twists, turns, and "OMG!" moments.

I listened to the audiobook that was superbly narrated by Karissa Vacker and Marin Ireland.  Since the story unfolded from the two POVs of Marissa and Avery, the publisher's choice to cast these two talented narrators (instead of just one solo narrator)was deeply appreciated.

Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing early access to this title in exchange for an honest review.

I look forward to listening to many more books by these talented authors.

4.5 Stars
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The synopsis of this book intrigued my right away. And while I can say it’s not my favorite book by the writing duo, that one goes to An Anonymous Girl, it was definitely a solid domestic thriller. In this story, a couple is on the verge of separation. They find an untraditional  therapist, who lost her license to practice, to help reignite their marriage in just ten sessions. Up until the very end, you will not know who’s side your one and who’s hiding more secrets. I really enjoyed the therapy parts of the book, the alternating POVs and the audio. However, like other reviewers said, I wasn’t too invested in the characters and found some parts to be a bit too slow. 3.5 stars rounded up.
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This book was a page turner from beginning to end. Things are not always what they seem. What seems to be a golden couple goes into therapy to make their relationship stronger. The cracks are starting to show as they go through therapy and a incident from the past definitely comes to light - but things are not what they seem and will have you guessing until the end.  I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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