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  • Writer's pictureJudith D Collins

The Golden Couple

ISBN: 9781250273208

Publisher: St Martins Press

Publication Date: 03/08/2022

Format: Other e-book & audiobook

Narrators: Karissa Vacker & Marin Ireland

Macmillan Audio

My Rating: 5 Stars (ARC)

The Golden Couple is the next electrifying novel from Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, the #1 New York Times bestselling author duo behind You Are Not Alone, An Anonymous Girl, and The Wife Between Us.

If Avery Chambers can’t fix you in 10 sessions, she won’t take you on as a client. Her successes are phenomenal--she helps people overcome everything from domineering parents to assault--and almost absorb the emptiness she sometimes feels since her husband’s death.

Marissa and Mathew Bishop seem like the golden couple--until Marissa cheats. She wants to repair things, both because she loves her husband and for the sake of their 8-year-old son. After a friend forwards an article about Avery, Marissa takes a chance on this maverick therapist, who lost her license due to controversial methods.

When the Bishops 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 Golden Couple is my favorite kind of thriller: a guessing game filled with characters you care about and twists you don't see coming. The Golden Couple takes a deep dive into a marriage, where what you see on the surface is not necessarily the truth, and the results are mesmerizing. Add to this a therapist who doesn't play by the rules and you have an utterly compelling, spellbinding read."

–– Lisa Jewell, author of Then She Was Gone and Invisible Girl

"The Golden Couple is a propulsive, twisty, unputdownable thriller - with two heroines you won't be able to get enough of... and a twist you'll never see coming. Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen have outdone themselves!"

––Laura Dave, author of The Last Thing He Told Me

"The Golden Couple is propulsive and thrilling. It grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go. A page-turner that will keep you guessing until the very end."

–– Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Malibu Rising and Daisy Jones & the Six

"The Golden Couple is a riveting cat-and-mouse game of a novel that explores the intricacies of marriage, and the many ways in which people lie to themselves...and others. This is a psychological thriller in every sense of the word."

–– Lori Gottlieb, author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

My Review

Meet Avery Chambers—former therapist turned consultant (after losing her license five months earlier), the unconventional protagonist of writing dynamic duo Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's latest must-read psychological thriller, THE GOLDEN COUPLE.

A minor setback was when Avery became a whistleblower calling the FDA concerning a pharmaceutical company's misdeeds. She is still in the game and the most sought-after therapist in the DC area.

Ten Sessions with Avery Chambers

Therapist | Consultant

  • The Confession

  • Disruption

  • Escalation

  • Revelation

  • Devastation

  • Confrontation

  • Exposure

  • The Test

  • Reconciliation

  • Promises

Clients: Marissa & Matthew Bishop


Avery is not like any other marriage therapist. She is more like a detective and intelligent sleuth. She makes it her business to know everything about her clients. A widow, forty-one year old, with dog Romeo, is quite unconventional in her practices.

The Bishops begin therapy, and being the intuitive one, Avery sees upfront there is more than meets the eye with this couple.

Matthew is a DC law firm partner spending more evenings at business events than with his wife. Marissa feels lost in a constant swirl of activities, including running her boutique, Coco, cooking nutritious meals for her family, staying trim and fit, and serving on the auction committee at Bennett's (eight-year-old son) private school.

We soon learn as readers NOTHING is as it appears. Matthew is hiding something, as well as Marissa. Avery is determined to uncover their lies and deceit. However, there is much more behind the facade of this "golden couple," which is not so pretty.

Perfection is deceiving!

Told from alternating POV Avery and Marissa, we slowly learn this couple did not find Avery accidentally. Some complex moving parts intertwine with Avery's background and are more sinister than you can imagine. Avery also has her own secrets.

No one does cat-and-mouse psycho-therapy better than this duo! Enthralling and propulsive, you will be on the edge-of-your-seat to see what happens next!

I LOVE AVERY! Hands down, the BEST therapist ever. I enjoy how she does not follow the rules. Plus the maverick is about to get even more popular after this case. I have a fondness for the name Avery (my fifteen-year-old granddaughter) who also has spunk.

If you loved their previous books, You are Not Alone, An Anonymous Girl, and The Wife Between Us, you will be assured to devour THE GOLDEN COUPLE.

I have been a fan of Sarah Pekkanen for many years and the duo— having read all their books. I would not miss one of them. I love how the creative storylines came together brilliantly!

Unpredictable, gripping, humorous, and action-packed!

The audiobook narrated by Karissa Vacker & Marin Ireland was superb and highly entertaining!

A special thank you to #StMartinsPress #MacmillanAudio and #NetGalley for an advanced e-book and audio copy.

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Pub Date: March 8, 2022

About the Authors

Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Sarah Pekkanen (L) Greer Hendricks (R)

Photo Credit...Bill Miles

GREER HENDRICKS spent over two decades as an editor. Her writing has been published in The New York Times and Publishers Weekly. Website

SARAH PEKKANEN is the internationally and USA Today bestselling author of seven previous novels. A former investigative journalist and feature writer, her work has been published in The Washington Post, USA Today, and many others. Website

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







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