A Good Marriage
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 Details

TitleA Good Marriage
Author
ReleaseMay 5th, 2020
PublisherHarper
ISBN-139780062367686
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Mystery Thriller, Fiction

A Good Marriage Review

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    As someone who thoroughly enjoyed Kimberly McCreight's previous novels, I was dying to get my hands on her upcoming release, A Good Marriage, even though I've become a bit jaded when it comes to domestic suspense. The gamble paid off, as the author has woven quite the web of deceit and inserted many twists and turns with her particular brand of sleight of hand. Please don't let the 400 page count turn you off from picking this one up; while I did feel a few things could have been edited out, As someone who thoroughly enjoyed Kimberly McCreight's previous novels, I was dying to get my hands on her upcoming release, A Good Marriage, even though I've become a bit jaded when it comes to domestic suspense. The gamble paid off, as the author has woven quite the web of deceit and inserted many twists and turns with her particular brand of sleight of hand. Please don't let the 400 page count turn you off from picking this one up; while I did feel a few things could have been edited out, overall this is a fast paced read that doesn't save all the AHA! moments for the climax. In short, if you're looking for a suspense novel with substance and depth, and are hoping to stave off the self-isolation boredom, I can't imagine a better way to do so than with A Good Marriage.*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Lizzie is working late one evening at the law office of Young & Crane when she receives a call that is about to turn her world upside down. The call is collect and it's coming from Rykers prison. More specifically from a Zach Grayson who was a friend of hers from law school. Curiosity compels her to take the call. It appears Zach has been charged in his wife's murder and it is Lizzie who he wants to represent him. This is an example of domestic suspense done right and I say that because a Lizzie is working late one evening at the law office of Young & Crane when she receives a call that is about to turn her world upside down. The call is collect and it's coming from Rykers prison. More specifically from a Zach Grayson who was a friend of hers from law school. Curiosity compels her to take the call. It appears Zach has been charged in his wife's murder and it is Lizzie who he wants to represent him. This is an example of domestic suspense done right and I say that because a huge plot point to this book was so "out there" to me personally and I found it hard to believe that so many people, couples, were okay with this and even maintained such levels of discreetness in regards to it a bit tough to swallow. This will make no sense to those that haven't read this but to elaborate more would be a spoiler so I must keep this as vague as possible. The thing is even with my reservations in regards to this plot point I was flipping pages faster than ever. It never hindered my reading experience and I can only attest that to McCreights writing skills. With mouth gaping reveals and shocking surprises along the way this book made me a happy reader. 4 stars! Thank you to Edelweiss and Harper for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Mary Kubica
    January 1, 1970
    When a young woman with a dark past is found murdered, her husband is accused. But what secrets was she hiding, and what is going on behind closed doors in the very upscale, seemingly picture perfect neighborhood of Park Slope? Part legal thriller, part domestic suspense, pure page turner, this is a novel that will have you questioning everything you thought you knew about marriage.
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  • Nenia ❤️️ I hate everything you love ❤️️ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    I've read so many psychological thrillers and horror eroticas with evil wives and husbands that if I ever get married, it's just going to be 40+ years of waiting for the other shoe to drop.
  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    Y'all, there are some great thrillers coming out in 2020, and this is another one of them! Thank you to my awesome GR friends who added this one and whose reviews kept popping up on my feed. I believe it is coming out in May, so I will keep my review brief.The book opens with the murder of Amanda Grayson, the beautiful, seemingly have-it-all, wife of millionaire Zach Grayson, in idyllic Park Slope Brooklyn. As the husband always does it, Zach is immediately fingered as the primary (really, only) Y'all, there are some great thrillers coming out in 2020, and this is another one of them! Thank you to my awesome GR friends who added this one and whose reviews kept popping up on my feed. I believe it is coming out in May, so I will keep my review brief.The book opens with the murder of Amanda Grayson, the beautiful, seemingly have-it-all, wife of millionaire Zach Grayson, in idyllic Park Slope Brooklyn. As the husband always does it, Zach is immediately fingered as the primary (really, only) suspect. Enter Lizzie, law school classmate and former friend of Zach, who is in a bit of a precarious situation herself at the time of the murder. She has recently taken a job at a new firm, under somewhat false pretenses, and has no violent crime experience; however, Zach banks on their shared history and convinces her to represent him. As she works on Zach's case, she finds it much less clear cut than she anticipated, especially after revelations surface about the salacious party he and Amanda attended the night before her murder. As Lizzie slowly uncovers the truth, she learns that Amanda was hiding far more than a distant marriage, and that dark secrets abound in the neighborhood. The only thing that kept it from being a 5-star read for me (and this is minor) was that it took me a bit to really get into the plot - I started the book, read a few chapters, put it down, and read another book in its entirety before picking it back up again. Once I got into though, I must say, I was riveted! Even though none of the characters, with the exception of Lizzie, are extremely likable, I still found myself wanting to know more about every one of them. There are several plot twists and red herrings that kept me guessing until the last page. I thought the way in which McCreight tied everything together was masterful - sometimes I am bothered when endings are a little too "neat," but in this instance, it took some serious creativity to get there and because of that, it all worked for me! 4 stars for this page-turning tale of privilege, passion, excess, and just what it takes to have "a good marriage."
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  • Kimberly McCreight
    January 1, 1970
    I'm probably a tad biased so I'm going to opt out of rating this one--but I have read it. More than a few times. Is it on your shelf yet? I hope so. Do you think you know what A GOOD MARRIAGE is? Come May 5th, prepare to question EVERYTHING.
  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    A Good Marriage is packed tightly with layers of lies and deceptions. Kinda like sardines in a can. Compact and portable.......but it all can go bad once opened and revealed.Lizzie Kitsakis is trying to keep the lid on her own marriage. She and her husband, Sam, can't seem to come to terms in regard to Sam's excessive drinking. It's cost them his livelihood as a successful writer and it's now forcing Lizzie to backpedal in truthfulness with her job as an attorney at Young & Crane. She's A Good Marriage is packed tightly with layers of lies and deceptions. Kinda like sardines in a can. Compact and portable.......but it all can go bad once opened and revealed.Lizzie Kitsakis is trying to keep the lid on her own marriage. She and her husband, Sam, can't seem to come to terms in regard to Sam's excessive drinking. It's cost them his livelihood as a successful writer and it's now forcing Lizzie to backpedal in truthfulness with her job as an attorney at Young & Crane. She's working long hours at the firm to keep their heads above financial waters. She and Sam have even avoided eye contact these days. Just dodgin' and no dealin'.Out of nowhere Lizzie receives a collect call from Rikers Prison. It's from Zach Grayson whom Lizzie knew from her university days. Something horrible has happened and Zach begs Lizzie to represent him. Lizzie tries to divert Zach into seeking another counsel, but he only wants Lizzie. That first trip out to Rikers will seal the deal for them both.And that something horrible? Turns out that Zach found his wife, Amanda, at the foot of their stairs blungeoned to death. That's his golf club leaning next to the wall and his prints are all over the crime scene. Zach and Amanda had attended a party together earlier in the evening hosted by a couple known for their party antics on the second floor of their home. A Good Marriage rolls out like cards held close to the chest in a poker game. We get little snippets of what certain characters may be hiding in order to protect themselves. It does work, but it widens the scope of suspects to a high number in this one. Sorting through them and their backstories is a bit heavy at times. Truth telling is an option here. But Kimberly McCreight makes it all gel together as she did in her Reconstructing Amy novel. She's become a master of deception with her creative storylines. Can't wait for the next one.I received a copy of A Good Marriage through Goodreads Giveaways. My thanks to HarperCollins Publishing and to Kimberly McCreight for the opportunity.
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  • Book of the Month
    January 1, 1970
    Why I love itby Liberty HardyAll rise: Book court is now in session, and, WOW, do I have a tremendously fun thriller to tell you about today! It starts off as an open-and-shut murder case but turns into a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. And it is AWESOME.Present-day Park Slope: The body of Amanda Grayson has been found, and the main suspect, her millionaire husband Zach, has been arrested. Attorney Lizzie Kitsakis is surprised when she learns Zach, an old friend from law school, Why I love itby Liberty HardyAll rise: Book court is now in session, and, WOW, do I have a tremendously fun thriller to tell you about today! It starts off as an open-and-shut murder case but turns into a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. And it is AWESOME.Present-day Park Slope: The body of Amanda Grayson has been found, and the main suspect, her millionaire husband Zach, has been arrested. Attorney Lizzie Kitsakis is surprised when she learns Zach, an old friend from law school, is a potential killer, and even more surprised when he insists she defend him. As Lizzie starts searching for evidence to prove Zach’s innocence, she, too, privately begins to suspect that he’s guilty. Did she agree to defend a murderer?From almost the first page, McCreight cuts the brakes on the story and the book speeds along at a breakneck pace. Readers are treated not only to Lizzie’s story, but to the wife Amanda’s secret past, the moneyed lives of her friends, and the scandal that threatens to topple everything. Each of these threads are fascinating, and in the end, McCreight pulls them all together at the last minute in a truly explosive conclusion. VERDICT: Run, don’t walk, to this book. *Bangs gavel*Read more at: https://bookofthemonth.com/a-good-mar...
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    Everyone has been hyping up Kimberly McCreight's upcoming novel, A Good Marriage for months now, so when I got my hands on an early copy, I jumped for joy. I know that reading a book about a possible toxic marriage that ends in murder maybe isn't the best book to read three weeks before my wedding, but c'est la vie. Lizzie Kitsakis is a senior associate at law firm Young & Crane, working insane hours to make Partner. Note: I was not lost on the irony of her boss being named Paul Everyone has been hyping up Kimberly McCreight's upcoming novel, A Good Marriage for months now, so when I got my hands on an early copy, I jumped for joy. I know that reading a book about a possible toxic marriage that ends in murder maybe isn't the best book to read three weeks before my wedding, but c'est la vie. Lizzie Kitsakis is a senior associate at law firm Young & Crane, working insane hours to make Partner. Note: I was not lost on the irony of her boss being named Paul Hastings...#lawyerspeak. Lizzie ends up getting a phone call from former fling, Zach Grayson. Lizzie is married to Sam, a writer and someone who struggles with alcohol addiction, but Lizzie never really felt a connection to her old flame Zach and is focused on helping her husband battle this addiction. However, Zach is in trouble—he was arrested for assaulting a police officer and now is being accused of murdering his wife Amanda. Lizzie isn't a criminal defense attorney, but Zach is desperate and she takes on the case. As Lizzie investigates Zach and Amanda's world, she sees a neighborhood surrounded by secrets, sex, open marriages, and love triangles. Lizzie believes in her heart that Zach is innocent, but nobody else does. Lizzie needs to crack the surface of this puzzle, but first she needs to jump into a world of danger that she didn't expect to encounter. Is Zach guilty or is someone else setting him up for the fall? Who killed Amanda Grayson?For a domestic thriller/mystery, A Good Marriage is a very multifaceted and mature novel. This genre is often saturated with popcorn thrillers that take little-to-no brain activity, but this book comes in strong. The pacing is slower than I would've liked, but McCreight allows you to come up with your own opinions as you venture on Lizzie and Amanda's journeys. This book is one bumpy ride and the mystery behind Amanda's death is not the only thing that the reader has to navigate through. We also meet all Amanda's friends and we get a bird's eye view into her marriage to Zach. Lizzie, although dedicated to the case, has her own demons to battle that humanize her in such strong ways. I believe this world that Amanda and her friends live in is definitely more common than we think and I appreciate Kimberly McCreight shining a light to it. A Good Marriage is one of the smarter mysteries I've read recently and I was thoroughly stumped when it wrapped up. I kept thinking the book was going to go in one direction, but then it completely changes course multiple times. Try figuring this one out, readers— A Good Marriage is not here to play.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I know weve all been struggling with reading lately and while Ive been lucky enough to still be able to focus on reading, Ive been struggling to write reviews for the past few days. Anyone else having the same problem? All of that to say, I loved this book and cant really find the words to tell you why. Ill try though because it really was excellent and you should all grab it when its out next month. Domestic suspense has been pretty disappointing for me lately and it was so great to find one I know we’ve all been struggling with reading lately and while I’ve been lucky enough to still be able to focus on reading, I’ve been struggling to write reviews for the past few days. Anyone else having the same problem? All of that to say, I loved this book and can’t really find the words to tell you why. I’ll try though because it really was excellent and you should all grab it when it’s out next month. Domestic suspense has been pretty disappointing for me lately and it was so great to find one that was a winner. It’s smart and sharp and kept me guessing the whole time. That’s all I’ve got, just read the book, ok?
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  • Isabel • The Crime Bookshelf
    January 1, 1970
    4 STARS.Thank you so much to Harper Books for the gifted ARC of A GOOD MARRIAGE! I enjoyed this book so much 🙌 It was such an intriguing read and it definitely needs to be on your guys radar! One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was that it wasnt just your typical domestic thriller. This book had a ton of legal elements to it, which I ended up really loving 🙌 I also really enjoyed the format of this book and loved how it incorporated things such as witness testimonies throughout 4 STARS.Thank you so much to Harper Books for the gifted ARC of A GOOD MARRIAGE! I enjoyed this book so much 🙌🏼 It was such an intriguing read and it definitely needs to be on your guys’ radar! One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was that it wasn’t just your typical domestic thriller. This book had a ton of legal elements to it, which I ended up really loving 🙌🏼 I also really enjoyed the format of this book and loved how it incorporated things such as witness testimonies throughout the story. Another thing I really enjoyed was how twisty the ending was 👌🏼 There are so many twists and turns towards the end of the book to where you really don’t have a clear idea of who the killer is, which I can always appreciate 🤓The main issue I had with this book was that I found it quite slow. Although the book was definitely intriguing, there were many parts that lacked suspense and that made it hard for me to connect with the story. Another issue I had was that I never really cared about any of the characters. I never felt attached to any of the characters and there wasn’t much character development, so that made me not LOVE the book. TRIGGERS: Rape, Child Sexual Abuse, Self Harm, SuicideOverall, I would definitely recommend this book to you guys! It’s a very intriguing domestic thriller and I think you guys would really enjoy it 🙌🏼 A GOOD MARRIAGE is out MAY 5th so make sure to keep an eye out!
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  • Laura Rash
    January 1, 1970
    I lost count of how many times I had to back up and reread a spot and say what? Whoa!. A very intense mystery that will literally keep you guessing until the very end. Thanks so very much to the author for this early copy for review:) I lost count of how many times I had to back up and reread a spot and say “what? Whoa!”. A very intense mystery that will literally keep you guessing until the very end. Thanks so very much to the author for this early copy for review:)
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  • KC
    January 1, 1970
    A young mother is found bludgeoned to death in her upscale Park Slope, Brooklyn brownstone. The attorney that is to represent the accused, wrestles with her own domestic woes. All the while, trying to separate fact from fiction, truth from deception, struggling to unravel the heavily woven tales of potential suspects. Told from multiple points of view, this part legal thriller and part domestic suspense is perfect for fans of John Grisham, Angie Kim, and Scott Turow.
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  • Bekki
    January 1, 1970
    I could not put this one down! Kimberly McCreight has written a thrilling story that grabbed me from page one! When Amanda, the gorgeous wife of start-up millionaire Zach Grayson, is discovered dead at the bottom of the stairs in her stately Brooklyn brownstone, her husband is immediately fingered as the primary suspect. Zach calls Lizzie, his law school classmate, hoping their shared history will convince her to come to his aid. A former U.S. Attorney with no violent crime experience, Lizzie I could not put this one down! Kimberly McCreight has written a thrilling story that grabbed me from page one! “When Amanda, the gorgeous wife of start-up millionaire Zach Grayson, is discovered dead at the bottom of the stairs in her stately Brooklyn brownstone, her husband is immediately fingered as the primary suspect. Zach calls Lizzie, his law school classmate, hoping their shared history will convince her to come to his aid. A former U.S. Attorney with no violent crime experience, Lizzie reluctantly agrees to represent him, though the two haven't seen each other in years. As she works to exonerate Zach, Lizzie is drawn into the privilege, passion, and excess churning beneath Park Slope, Brooklyn's idyllic, virtuous streets. It's a world that's completely foreign to Lizzie, but, if she's honest, also unexpectedly intriguing-particularly in light of the increasingly steep cost of keeping her own troubled marriage afloat. Zach's case proves less clear cut than Lizzie anticipated, though-especially after revelations surface about the racy party he and Amanda attended the night before she died.”First, thank you to NetGalley & Harper Collins for the ARC of this book! And thank you talented Ms. McCreight for your thrilling imagination!!! What I loved about this book was the intrigue, I wasn’t ever for sure which direction things were headed! I figured one direction, then BAM, another fact takes us off the beaten path! I don’t want to say more than the blurb on the off chance I give something away!!!!If you like psychological thrillers, you will love this book! The concept and theme is just enough off the beaten path to put it in a class all alone! I highly recommend😊
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    Park slope or slippery as all hell slope...You decide!My word Kimberly makes a believer out of everyone and you best believe this was on top of its game!Look who doesn't think they have the best marriage, best spouse, best life...That denial and that perfection has to be flawed with cracks and those cracks have gone ignored for too long with Sam and Lizzie.Everything changes when a best friend from her past calls from Rikers after being accused of murdering his own wife. She was sadly located at Park slope or slippery as all hell slope...You decide!My word Kimberly makes a believer out of everyone and you best believe this was on top of its game!Look who doesn't think they have the best marriage, best spouse, best life...That denial and that perfection has to be flawed with cracks and those cracks have gone ignored for too long with Sam and Lizzie.Everything changes when a best friend from her past calls from Rikers after being accused of murdering his own wife. She was sadly located at the base of the stairs after a party.Oh SNAP!Now, did I mention that party was quite a party - it was how shall we say- had plenty of action?!Yesss, well in addition Zach has quite a bit of explaining to do when it comes to Amanda's whereabouts that evening.I don't know how to say it lightly but upon Liz examining the situation it becomes clear that perhaps her prior relationship with this friend was a bit off and her spouse may also be somewhat suspect of more than just this relationship as he also comes into question several different ways.As if that wasn't enough to get you invested we go into this party blindly and it seems hacking, blackmail, and some nasty pics are in play.Secrets are all around and closets are full of skeletons!For the Love ...who shall we trust?Who can we believe?When can we expect answers after all the golf club was there, we all seen it, but the fingerprints are quite unique in two ways.Can this be the smoking gun to blow it all wide open?Could this be a jealousy killing?Oh my word, just get on this quick, because this one won't last long on any shelf...This had everything you might hope for in an epic thriller and more and I'm blessed to have received an early ARC that will be donated upon my libraries re-opening due to Corona Virus.
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  • BookOfCinz
    January 1, 1970
    I read Kimberly McCreight's Reconstructing Amelia and I thoroughly enjoyed it so when I read the blurb for A Good Marriage I had to give it a read. In A Good Marriage we meet Lizzie Kitsakis a lawyer who is being swallowed whole by her demanding job that she has to stay at because of her husband's mistakes. Lizzie receives a call from Rikers from her University friend, Zach Grayson, he is being held in prison after finding is wife Amanda dead in their Brooklyn home. Zach is desperate for I read Kimberly McCreight's Reconstructing Amelia and I thoroughly enjoyed it so when I read the blurb for A Good Marriage I had to give it a read. In A Good Marriage we meet Lizzie Kitsakis a lawyer who is being swallowed whole by her demanding job that she has to stay at because of her husband's mistakes. Lizzie receives a call from Rikers from her University friend, Zach Grayson, he is being held in prison after finding is wife Amanda dead in their Brooklyn home. Zach is desperate for help and Lizzie is the only one who can possibly help. With little resource and the DA looking to make Zach an example Lizzie is forced to investigate Amanda's death this includes speaking with all her "friends" and parents in the very close rich society. Lizzie begins to piece together Amanda and Zach's marriage, there are so many secrets, who and what should she believe? I really wanted to love this book but by half way through I was suffering from "secrets reveal/twist" fatigue. I am all for a thriller/mystery book with secrets. I felt some of the "secrets"/"twists" were so eye-rolling and a bit uncalled for and generally did not do anything for the plot or helped me to have a better understanding of the character. After the 3586848 secret reveal I was immune to the shock value, I just wanted to know who did it...Was it a page turner? Yes, the initial start was very fast paced but for me, it dragged in the middle and the ending. I also felt like the title was a bit of a disconnect, yes we met a lot of married couples in the book but the exploration of what is a "good marriage" was not well executed.If you are a Kimberly McCreight fan you may enjoy it. Thanks HarperBooks for this ARC.
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  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON MAY 5Dealing with problems in her own marriage and now having to deal with defending a friend for a murder that Lizzie knew he didn't commit was not what Lizzie was looking forward to.The man in question was Zach with Zach being charged with murder.A GOOD MARRIAGE dragged until one-third of the way, but once secrets became revealed, the investigation got underway, and the characters confessed, the interest and tension definitely picked up.If you like books with twists, FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON MAY 5Dealing with problems in her own marriage and now having to deal with defending a friend for a murder that Lizzie knew he didn't commit was not what Lizzie was looking forward to.The man in question was Zach with Zach being charged with murder.A GOOD MARRIAGE dragged until one-third of the way, but once secrets became revealed, the investigation got underway, and the characters confessed, the interest and tension definitely picked up.If you like books with twists, turns, secrets, and surprises from all angles, you won’t want to miss A GOOD MARRIAGE.  4/5This book was given to me by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Maureen
    January 1, 1970
    Maybe 2.5 stars. There were too many holes in this story. I definitely didnt love it. Maybe 2.5 stars. There were too many holes in this story. I definitely didn’t love it.
  • Tiffany Foskey
    January 1, 1970
    The Good Marriage is a shocking legal thriller!!!!!! Lawyer Lizzie gets a call from a former fellow law student from the past and he has been charged with his wife's murder. As Lizzie starts digging into his marriage she starts finding out things aren't always as they appear and that realization makes her start looking closer into her own marriage. She's not sure if she's going to like what she finds though. Thank you to Harper Collins for my honest review
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  • Regina
    January 1, 1970
    It's a small world after all...Especially among the Park and Center Slope Brooklyn County Day School elite. What's the parents' biggest problem? They are being hacked by an unknown extortionist who is threatening to reveal all of their dirty secrets.That is, until one of them turns up dead.Lizzie never dreamed she would be defending her one-time law school friend Zach for the murder of his wife, Amanda. They haven't spoken since she gently turned him down in their first year. Since then, Zach It's a small world after all...Especially among the Park and Center Slope Brooklyn County Day School elite. What's the parents' biggest problem? They are being hacked by an unknown extortionist who is threatening to reveal all of their dirty secrets.That is, until one of them turns up dead.Lizzie never dreamed she would be defending her one-time law school friend Zach for the murder of his wife, Amanda. They haven't spoken since she gently turned him down in their first year. Since then, Zach has become a millionaire and a tech darling and Lizzie...well Lizzie had to leave her job at the DA's office for a high-paying corporate law firm due to her alcoholic husband's accident, an accident with someone else's antique car.Once Lizzie reluctantly takes the case, McCreight throws in tons of red herrings, to the delight of this reader. Who was stalking Amanda? Which secrets were too big to contain? And how was Lizzie's husband, Sam, connected to all this?Part police procedural, part courtroom drama, and maybe even part love story - this novel unravels at breakneck speed.It's a small, small world.Thank you to Goodreads for this giveaway win!
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    I adored Reconstructing Amelia so I was excited for this one, and it was crazy good! Is the term good marriage and oxymoron? It appears that all of the couples in this book have issues (who doesn't?) and keep secrets from their spouses and even from themselves. When Lizzie is contacted by an old friend to defend him in the murder of his wife, she worries as she's had no criminal defense experience and all the evidence points toward him. But things are tricky and get trickier as the novel goes on I adored Reconstructing Amelia so I was excited for this one, and it was crazy good! Is the term good marriage and oxymoron? It appears that all of the couples in this book have issues (who doesn't?) and keep secrets from their spouses and even from themselves. When Lizzie is contacted by an old friend to defend him in the murder of his wife, she worries as she's had no criminal defense experience and all the evidence points toward him. But things are tricky and get trickier as the novel goes on and we meet Lizzie's friends who all have something to hide. It's a convoluted but fascinating plot as everything comes together and everything you may think you have pieced together comes unglued with the final twist! And even though marriage is hard, McCreight shows us that hard work and forgiveness go a long way when we are faced with what seem to be insurmountable problems.Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!
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  • lady book reader
    January 1, 1970
    Good Marriage will keep you guessing. Great suspense book! Perfect neighborhood best private school. How can there be a murder? Lizzie an attorney gets a call from a old friend Zach from law school. His wife Amanda was murdered and hes in jail. Lizzies life isnt going well with her alcoholic husband Sam. Really interesting and edge of your seat thriller. Good Marriage will keep you guessing. Great suspense book! Perfect neighborhood best private school. How can there be a murder? Lizzie an attorney gets a call from a old friend Zach from law school. His wife Amanda was murdered and he’s in jail. Lizzie’s life isn’t going well with her alcoholic husband Sam. Really interesting and edge of your seat thriller.
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  • Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank goodness for this book!!! It got me out of a terrible slump where I just couldn't get interested in ANYTHING. This book is just what I needed during this blah time in my life.It starts out with Lizzie, a lawyer with her own marriage troubles, getting a call from a former law school friend who is about to be arrested for the murder of his wife. She doesn't think the Zach she knew would do something like that, but law school was a long time ago, and how well do we really know people anyway? Thank goodness for this book!!! It got me out of a terrible slump where I just couldn't get interested in ANYTHING. This book is just what I needed during this blah time in my life.It starts out with Lizzie, a lawyer with her own marriage troubles, getting a call from a former law school friend who is about to be arrested for the murder of his wife. She doesn't think the Zach she knew would do something like that, but law school was a long time ago, and how well do we really know people anyway?It turns out that Zach's deceased wife, Amanda, came from a truly troubled background. One that few knew about (including Zach). Has someone from that past come back to hurt her?As we alternate chapters between Lizzie's investigation and Amanda's life in the days before she died, we get to see that relationships are complicated, everyone has secrets, and you can be lonely even if you're married.I'm so happy that this author is back to Adult Mysteries. She's so good at them. Some authors are just great at weaving multiple storylines together without it feeling forced, and Kimberly McCreight is one of them. I loved how Amanda's past and present came together, how every character in this book was there for a reason-- they all played a part, they all connected the dots.The characters in this book weren't very likable. To be honest, I'm not sure I rooted for a single one. They all had secrets and issues and personality flaws. BUT, I also kind of liked this?? I don't have to love the characters to want to know what is going to happen to them. Also, I really liked the way this book delved into the idea of marriage and how relationships really are instead of how they are perceived.The added bonus of included police reports, trial transcripts, emails, etc. just gave it a little something extra. Kimberly McCreight has included these in all of her Adult books, and I've loved them each time.The only bad part of this book was that it was over. I didn't want it to end because it kept my attention so well. And I didn't guess the ending-- which, YAY!!(PS- I totally recommend Reconstructing Amelia also. It was just as good as this one.)OVERALL: If you like Mysteries, READ IT. Kimberly McCreight has cemented her place as one of the great storytellers for me. She weaves a mystery like only few can.My Blog:Pink Polka Dot Books
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  • Monnica
    January 1, 1970
    Lizzie is a lawyer who has found herself in a tough situation. Her husband, Sam, is an alcoholic. Because of his actions, she is forced to give up her dream job to work at an elite law firm to help pay off the debt her husband has caused. One night she gets an unexpected phone call from an old law school friend...who is accused of killing his wife. Against her better judgment, she helps him...but is he really innocent?One of the things I really appreciated about this book was the fact that the Lizzie is a lawyer who has found herself in a tough situation. Her husband, Sam, is an alcoholic. Because of his actions, she is forced to give up her dream job to work at an elite law firm to help pay off the debt her husband has caused. One night she gets an unexpected phone call from an old law school friend...who is accused of killing his wife. Against her better judgment, she helps him...but is he really innocent?One of the things I really appreciated about this book was the fact that the relationship side of things was realistic. Sometimes you'll read books and everyone has the "perfect" marriage. This one shows the reality of marriage and long term relationships. One of the messages of the book was that with real love, you may have fights and issues, but you work through them. I also liked the fact that we got to see Lizzie's side as a lawyer trying to find out what happened after the fact, and that we see Amanda's (the wife) side as things are happening. There are a lot of twists in the story, and I can't say I was expecting what happened in the end at all! I know a book is good when I want to keep reading it to find out what happened. I definitely recommend this book!!!!
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  • Jamie beauty_andthebook_
    January 1, 1970
    Having been a huge fan of Kimberly McCreight's since Reconstructing Amelia and waiting on the edge of my seat for her next adult novel since Where They Found Her, it's safe to say I was just a little bit excited to receive a copy of A Good Marriage. I am very happy to report that this book was everything I hoped for and more from McCreight's return to adult suspense.Set in Brooklyn (Hi, New Yorker here who is a sucker for anything relevant to me), when a young women with a lot of secrets in her Having been a huge fan of Kimberly McCreight's since Reconstructing Amelia and waiting on the edge of my seat for her next adult novel since Where They Found Her, it's safe to say I was just a little bit excited to receive a copy of A Good Marriage. I am very happy to report that this book was everything I hoped for and more from McCreight's return to adult suspense.Set in Brooklyn (Hi, New Yorker here who is a sucker for anything relevant to me), when a young women with a lot of secrets in her closet is murdered and her husband is the main suspect, all bets within this Park Slope neighborhood are off - secrets are revealed and the time old question is begged - can you ever really know those closest to you? Thank you to Harper Books for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Bookworm LLC
    January 1, 1970
    A Good Marriage is a story about an attorney who gets a call from an old college friend asking for her help. She goes to the prison to meet with him and agrees to take his case if her boss will agree to it.The whirlwind that ensues is a crazy ride. There are so many things happening. Lizzie has to piece together everything to get to the truth. While doing all this work she is also having to worry about her marriage and determine if her husband is still drinking and as innocent he says he is A Good Marriage is a story about an attorney who gets a call from an old college friend asking for her help. She goes to the prison to meet with him and agrees to take his case if her boss will agree to it.The whirlwind that ensues is a crazy ride. There are so many things happening. Lizzie has to piece together everything to get to the truth. While doing all this work she is also having to worry about her marriage and determine if her husband is still drinking and as innocent he says he is about that drinking problem.Kimberly McCreight is a great read whether it's her mysteries or her teen books.
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  • Bruna (bruandthebooks)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5One of the things I love the most about reading thrillers is trying to figure out who the murderer is before theyre revealed. A perfect thriller in my opinion is one that makes everyone look suspicious and the person who actually did it was not who you suspected at all. I love the feeling of I did not see that coming and this book was just like that.Amanda Grayson is found dead at the bottom of the stairs in her house and a golf club is nearby. Theres a lot of blood and the injuries to her 4.5One of the things I love the most about reading thrillers is trying to figure out who the murderer is before they’re revealed. A perfect thriller in my opinion is one that makes everyone look suspicious and the person who actually did it was not who you suspected at all. I love the feeling of “I did not see that coming” and this book was just like that.Amanda Grayson is found dead at the bottom of the stairs in her house and a golf club is nearby. There’s a lot of blood and the injuries to her head show that it wasn’t just an accident. The police immediately suspect her husband Zach is guilty. He contacts Lizzie Kitsakis, a lawyer and former acquaintance from college, to defend him.Amanda had a bit of a rough upbringing. She was very poor and lived with an abusive father. When Zach showed up at the motel where she worked, she didn't think twice when he offered her a better life. She just jumped right in. But Amanda has always been haunted by her father and a few days before she was murdered, she felt like she was being followed. Lizzie has a hard time questioning Zach because he’s hiding things from her. She starts doubting if the man she is defending is really innocent. Besides, the wealthy neighborhood they live in is very strange. The night Amanda was found dead, her and Zach had been at a party at one of their neighbor's houses where everyone knew it to be a little “open minded.” Couples swap partners at these parties and some people saw Amanda with a man that wasn’t her husband. What I liked the most about this book is that everything that seemed obvious turned out to be the complete opposite. I changed my mind on who was guilty in every chapter and it turned out to be a person that didn't even cross my mind.
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  • Sonica
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you, Harper Books for my copy of A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight, in exchange for my honest review. This title releases May 5, 2020.After reading and loving Reconstructing Amelia, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy of A Good Marriage. I was squealing with joy when it landed on my doorstep and immediately dove in.This was a sharp domestic suspense with legal elements and a bit of courtroom drama, and I was there for all of it. A character-driven storyline alternating between the Thank you, Harper Books for my copy of A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight, in exchange for my honest review. This title releases May 5, 2020.After reading and loving Reconstructing Amelia, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy of A Good Marriage. I was squealing with joy when it landed on my doorstep and immediately dove in.This was a sharp domestic suspense with legal elements and a bit of courtroom drama, and I was there for all of it. A character-driven storyline alternating between the POVs of two troubled women (Lizzie and Amanda), each battling similar but different demons, I was immediately drawn into this book.McCreight’s writing is brilliant in this novel as she takes domestic suspense to a new level sprinkling her red herrings throughout to keep you turning those pages. The web of lies she weaves through her characters will keep you guessing and leave you without trust in anyone. Each of the characters in this story had something to hide and McCreight explores the lengths they each go to in order to keep their secrets hidden.A well-paced suspense with twists and turns throughout, A Good Marriage will suck you in immediately and have you on the edge of your seat while reading the entire way through.I flew through it and still cannot believe I didn’t see the grand finale coming – I had thought it was going in a completely different direction and McCreight threw me a very fast curveball that completely put me in a tailspin!If you are looking for your next suspense and want more substance and depth from this genre, then I highly recommend adding this one to your reading list – it will NOT disappoint.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    I was super excited to get this book by Kimberly McCreight to review. I am a huge fan and needed some suspense in my reading. It took me some time to read it, but I blame that completely on quarantine brain. I know many of us readers are having a hard time staying focused lately!Theres a murder in an elite NY neighborhood and Lizzie gets a call from an old law school buddy. Hes at Rikers, arrested for his wifes murder. He insists hes innocent and needs her help. What unfolds is a book full of I was super excited to get this book by Kimberly McCreight to review. I am a huge fan and needed some suspense in my reading. It took me some time to read it, but I blame that completely on quarantine brain. I know many of us readers are having a hard time staying focused lately!There’s a murder in an elite NY neighborhood and Lizzie gets a call from an old law school buddy. He’s at Rikers, arrested for his wife’s murder. He insists he’s innocent and needs her help. What unfolds is a book full of crazy twists and turns. I thought for sure I figured some things out, I was just unsure of how all those dots connected. Well, surprise to me, I was mostly wrong! And this never happens to me. So BRAVO Kimberly. I had only one thing right, but man, I was so off with the rest. A Good Marriage is a great distraction, a wonderful murder mystery, an awesome suspense. Everyone has secrets. How deadly can they be?I received an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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  • Nancy McFarlane
    January 1, 1970
    Legal thriller, domestic suspense, marriage introspective A Good Marriage is all of these as well as just a darn good story of people dealing with their kids, their spouses and their pasts. You will be pulled in immediately when Lizzie is contacted by an old college beau who is in Rikers charged with the murder of his wife, and you wont be able to put it down until all their secrets have been revealed and justice has been served. Legal thriller, domestic suspense, marriage introspective – A Good Marriage is all of these as well as just a darn good story of people dealing with their kids, their spouses and their pasts. You will be pulled in immediately when Lizzie is contacted by an old college beau who is in Rikers charged with the murder of his wife, and you won’t be able to put it down until all their secrets have been revealed and justice has been served.
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