The Golden Couple, by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
August 3, 2022
Today I’m reviewing The Golden Couple, the latest novel from the writing duo that brought us An Anonymous Girl, The Wife Between us and You are Not Alone.
About The Golden Couple
Wealthy Washington suburbanites Marissa and Matthew Bishop seem to have it all—until Marissa is unfaithful. Beneath their veneer of perfection is a relationship riven by work and a lack of intimacy. She wants to repair things for the sake of their eight-year-old son and because she loves her husband. Enter Avery Chambers.
Avery is a therapist who lost her professional license. Still, it doesn’t stop her from counseling those in crisis, though they have to adhere to her unorthodox methods. And the Bishops are desperate.
When they glide through Avery’s door and Marissa reveals her infidelity, all three are set on a collision course. Because the biggest secrets in the room are still hidden, and it’s no longer simply a marriage that’s in danger.
The book is narrated by Marissa, the cheating wife, and Avery, her therapist. I enjoyed the dual POV and the writing flowed well, albeit a bit repetitive with rehashing the plot and facts already brought to light.
Avery has a lovely relationship with her stepdaughter, which I quite enjoyed. Avery did however, remind me very much of the therapist in An Anonymous Girl as well. As a rogue therapist though, Avery definitely crosses all the boundaries which makes it interesting to see how far she’s willing to go. There are a lot of side characters to keep track of, but all those stories come together.
Marissa and her husband have a lot of history, and that all comes into play in the present day. The timeline does shift between when they met as teenagers and now. With that history being brought up time and again, I felt that The Golden Couple was going to hit me with a plot twist that I could see coming. However, I think if you’re newer to thrillers you’d perhaps not feel that way and it’d be more impactful. I felt that for 320-ish pages, this felt a bit longer than it needed to feel. I will add though, that I enjoy the writing style of this duo.
The Golden Couple has a 4.03 star rating on Goodreads. For me it was a solid 3 stars. If you aren’t into dark, twisty thrillers, then I think you may enjoy this. I’d classify it more as domestic suspense, with a side of pharmaceutical conspiracy.