Golden Couple
by Hendricks, Greer; Pekkanen, Sarah

A maverick therapist who lost her license due to controversial methods, Avery agrees to help golden couple Marissa and Mathew Bishop overcome Marisa's cheating, setting all three of them on a collision course because the biggest-and most dangerous-secrets have not yet been revealed. 350,000 first printing.

GREER HENDRICKS obtained her master's in journalism from Columbia University and spent two decades as a book editor before becoming a novelist. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Allure, Publishers Weekly, and other publications.

SARAH PEKKANEN is the #1 New York times bestselling co-author of four novels of suspense including The Wife Between Us, and the internationally and USA Today bestselling author of several solo novels. A former investigative journalist and award-winning feature writer, her work has been published in numerous national magazines and newspapers. She lives just outside of Washington, D.C. with her family.

Together, they have written the New York Times bestselling novels The Wife Between Us, An Anonymous Girl, and You Are Not Alone.

This Washington thriller achieves suspense mostly through misdirection. At one point, a character wonders what another is really up to, but most of the characters here actually have hidden agendas. Case in point: Avery Chambers. As a therapist, she's gone rogue, having lost her license thanks to unorthodox methods that include a combination of detective work, with all the data-mining and surveillance that entails, and prescriptive advice. She tells clients what to do-and sometimes does it for them. Matthew Bishop, a high-powered Washington lawyer, and Marissa, his wife, come to Avery for help. At the first session, Marissa confesses to infidelity with, she lies, a guy from her gym. Suddenly, this "curated Instagram" marriage is on the rocks. Can Avery salvage the relationship in her trademark 10 sessions and done? She cases the gym in question, the Bishops' opulent residence in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and looks into Marissa's boutique and her slightly unhinged shop assistant, Polly. There's more to Marissa's story than meets the eye, Avery thinks, somewhat superfluously. The truth could explode any chance of reconciliation. At times, Avery's tactics seem unusually cruel, even sexist: She busts up one marriage where the wife is unduly controlling but appears to ignore her own initial suspicion that Matthew might be that way, too. Avery's intrusiveness has made enemies, among them drug company Acelia, which she's reported to the FDA on behalf of one of her clients who hesitated to be a whistleblower. The Acelia subplot feels superfluous, but it must be pivotal, because it takes up so much space while telling elements of backstory are withheld. There are some sharply observed class dynamics, and the final reversal is unexpected-but only because it is not foreshadowed. There's a thin line between gaslighting characters and gaslighting readers, and this novel crosses it. Replete with "huh?" moments. Copyright Kirkus 2022 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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