ARC Review | A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight

A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Publication Date: May 5th, 2020
ARC from Edelweiss

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.

| Book Review |

A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight was my first read from this author, and boy was it a piece of work! This book kept me enthralled from the very beginning, and I did not want to put it down. The book opens as Lizzie is finishing up a long day at work, only to have it end with a shocking phone call. A friend from her college days calls her to see if she will represent him for the murder of his wife. Insisting that she’s not versed in criminal law, she refuses. But pressure from Zach has Lizzie broaching the subject with her boss certain that he will refuse.To her surprise, he agrees that it’s a good idea to take the case – for personal reasons of his own that result in an interesting story ARC and bonus – a fantastic line from Lizzie where she puts a smug woman in her place. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

This book is told from two points of view – Lizzie’s, after Zach calls her to take his case, and Amanda’s, Zach’s wife, in the week leading up to her death. I found each perspective equally engaging, and the chapters always ended in a way that had me wanting to dive right into the next one. This book was just so addicting. Aptly named, this book gives us a glimpse into several marriages and what makes them tick. We’re particularly privy to the inner workings of the wealthy, as that is who Amanda and Zach, wealthy themselves, are surrounded by. Now I’m not going to say that Gossip Girl isn’t for grown ups, because I enjoyed my first watch as an adult. But I will say that if you want an even more gossipier and salacious story, you’ll find that here. There was so much going on, so many twists and turns – and deceit galore! And even though you knew what was going to happen to Amanda, this story was still fun to read.

Things I found odd about this book, but in the best way, is that even though I knew Amanda’s death was on the horizon, it was Lizzie I felt bad for throughout most of this book. Her marriage was on the brink of collapse, and I knew I was watching her in real time, so my heart was breaking for her. I thought her character was so real. How easy is it to bury our heads in the sand over a certain situation for ‘just one day,’ only to wake up and find that time has passed right by? And we’re still in the same boat. I knew she loved her husband, but their issues just felt insurmountable to her, and she just couldn’t face them. It was sad to watch. The second thing I found interesting was that I didn’t want this book to end. With thrillers, I almost always want them to end because I’m dying to know what happened, and yes, I did want that with this one. But I also wanted another mystery to crop up so I could stay in this world. For the record, I don’t think a single theory of mine panned out, and I loved that!  

This is going to be an odd comparison and not at all literal, but if you like Tiffany Reisz and you want to dip your toe in the Mystery/Thriller genre, you’re going to want to start here. The tone of this book, with so many intricate story lines and all the deceit, feels like Tiffany Reisz to me. And really, can praise be any higher than that? All this to say, I loved A Good Marriage, and if you like a smart, gripping Mystery/Thriller, I’m sure you will, too.

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  1. I have a copy of this one just waiting for me to pick it up! It sounds so good and I am even more excited about reading it now that I know how much you enjoyed it. Great review!

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