A Good Marriage: Book Review
By Danielle Rose
A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight
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 was once an exceedingly intelligent, well-respected federal prosecutor, but cracks in her marriage forced her to leave her dream job and take a position as a well-paid defense attorney. Lizzie spent her law school years dreaming of protecting the innocent, but until she repairs the damage to her marriage—and overcomes the financial ramifications of one drunken mistake—she is forced to defend the guilty. While eagerly gluing together the pieces of her shattered personal life, she receives a call from Zach, a close friend from law school she hasn't seen in years.
Zach Grayson is desperate for Lizzie's help. An inmate at Rikers, he has been charged with assaulting a police officer at the crime scene where his wife, Amanda, was murdered. Believing Zach is the murderer, the judge agrees to hold him without granting bail, but Zach swears he's innocent—and Lizzie trusts him, choosing to believe the friend she grew close to couldn't possibly be the monster who committed such a horrific attack.
But the longer Lizzie is on the case, the more dirty secrets she discovers. Everyone in Amanda's social circle is hiding something, from Zach to their friends to Amanda herself. Unable to stop until she proves her friend's innocence, it takes no time at all for Lizzie to become a victim herself, but this time, she might not be smart or savvy enough to free herself from the grave she has dug while searching for the truth.
Seamlessly threaded together, story lines seeping with red herrings, A Good Marriage is quite the ambitious feat, but the author handles each chapter with enviable ease. The story is told in four parts: Lizzie's point of view (POV), Amanda's POV during the days leading up to her death, transcripts from the grand jury testimony, and confidential reports from a security analytics company.
A perfect combination of domestic suspense and legal thriller, A Good Marriage should be on everyone's summer reading list. This one has everything you could want in an unputdownable story: an immersive plot, questionable characters, and plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end.
Danielle Rose is a USA Today bestselling author, a book reviewer, an occasional editor, and an always Oxford comma enthusiast. She graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in English from UW-Parkside, and in 2014, she obtained a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. Currently, Danielle resides in the Midwest, where she lives with her husband and their five rescue pets. When she is not writing, she is usually reading, renovating and decorating her historic Victorian manor, or sating her wanderlust. More about Danielle can be found at www.droseauthor.com.