Review: A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight

Review: A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight
A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight

Published by Harper on May 5, 2020
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Format: Print
Source: Book of the Month, Purchased

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Big Little Lies meets Presumed Innocent in this riveting novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia, in which a woman’s brutal murder reveals the perilous compromises some couples make—and the secrets they keep—in order to stay together.

Lizzie Kitsakis is working late when she gets the call. Grueling hours are standard at elite law firms like Young & Crane, but they’d be easier to swallow if Lizzie was there voluntarily. Until recently, she’d been a happily underpaid federal prosecutor. That job and her brilliant, devoted husband Sam—she had everything she’d ever wanted. And then, suddenly, it all fell apart.

No. That’s a lie. It wasn’t sudden, was it? Long ago the cracks in Lizzie’s marriage had started to show. She was just good at averting her eyes.

The last thing Lizzie needs right now is a call from an inmate at Rikers asking for help—even if Zach Grayson is an old friend. But Zach is desperate: his wife, Amanda, has been found dead at the bottom of the stairs in their Brooklyn brownstone. And Zach’s the primary suspect.

As Lizzie is drawn into the dark heart of idyllic Park Slope, she learns that Zach and Amanda weren’t what they seemed—and that their friends, a close-knit group of fellow parents at the exclusive Grace Hall private school, might be protecting troubling secrets of their own. In the end, she’s left wondering not only whether her own marriage can be saved, but what it means to have a good marriage in the first place.

A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight gave me an honest-to-god book hangover. I flew through this fast-paced, twisty, dark thriller and now I don’t know what to do with myself.

Former federal prosecutor and current corporate attorney Lizzie Kitsakis is surprised to receive a phone call from her old law school classmate, Zach Grayson. She’s even more shocked when the call is coming from inside Rikers Island, where Zach is being held on suspicion of his wife Amanda’s murder. Desperate for help, Zach pleads with Lizzie to take his case, despite the fact that she’s not a criminal lawyer. Lizzie feels obligated to at least look into the matter and refer it to another attorney.

But as Lizzie investigates Amanda’s death, she discovers that the prestigious Park Slope residents all have secrets they’re dying to keep hidden. As Lizzie struggles in her relationship with her husband Sam, she soon learns that everyone’s relationships in Park Slope are far more complicated and deadly than she ever imagined.

A Good Marriage has it all: twists! Turns! Dysfunctional rich people! I ate it up. I was constantly questioning who could be trusted and who was just a sociopath. If you’re looking for a keen domestic thriller that will keep you on your toes, this is the book for you.

I’m so excited to hear that Nicole Kidman’s production company is developing A Good Marriage for Amazon and cannot wait to see the adaptation.

Rating: 5 stars


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