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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  36,121 ratings  ·  4,175 reviews
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 fir
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by Harper
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Chelsea Humphrey
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Harper
BOTM Pick May 2020

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 be
Nilufer Ozmekik
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is impressive, slow-burn, murder mystery/legal thriller hooks you up by the author’s creative writing skills and you start to read each parties’ back stories and welcome them like they’re one of your friends or family acquaintances and twisty final revelations, cliffhangers grip you from your throat and as your heart rating hits the roof, you just flip the pages nonstop, tsking, changing your guesses several times to find who is the murderer and author keeps on killing your spidey senses. ( ...more
Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
“A good marriage is the one that survives.”

Secrets, lies, and obsession lead to murder in A Good Marriage. This is one twisted tale of deceit!

Four couples whose seemingly perfect marriages are slowly imploding. All are keeping secrets, and the cracks are starting to show. Some are bigger than others, but all are hidden behind well-crafted lies. Their lies slowly unravel, as do their marriages, leading to shocking revelations, and, ultimately, to murder.

The narrative focuses primarily on Lizzie,
chan ☆
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
surprisingly solid!

i think this was a book of the month selection at one point, but the cover really turned me off. once i really examined it after picking it up i didn't totally hate it... it just wasn't eye catching enough to get me interested. and the title? well let's just say i have a complicated (read: i think they suck ass) relationship with truly domestic thrillers.

but this was really solid. anytime i thought i knew whodunit, more information was made available that had me questioning ev
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
It was a good marriage...until it was not! This book had alot going on in between those pages. A murder, a key party, lawyers, lovers, losers and liars! Whew this book had it all. I was all in from page one.

After attending a key party, a woman is brutally murdered in her home. First off- do key parties really exist? I thought that was something from the 1990's??? No, I am wrong? Okay well I will be first to admit that I am NOT into that. Yet, this made for some great reading material! So this mu
Miss Casually Reading
Thank you for the marriage lesson! I totally . . . blasé my way through this.

Lizzie Kitsakis receives a call from an old friend, Zach Grayson, asking her to represent him as his lawyer because he’s been targeted by the police as the primary suspect for the murder of his wife.

For a thriller about husbands and wives in their picturesque neighborhood with their lies and secrets and shady behaviors tucked behind closed doors, this book is relatively stale. I was perfectly calm and unaffected with my
4.5 stars
Okay, wow I did not expect to love this the way I did. This is a thriller that is slightly out of my comfort zone because it's more of a legal thriller. It's about this woman Lizzie who is an attorney and she gets a phone call from a guy she went to law school with who was just arrested on the suspicion that he's murdered his wife. He wants her to represent him and she can't figure out why because she doesn't work in criminal law.

This book was a roller coaster. I was personally hooked
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
4 Stars

I don’t read a lot of mystery/thriller books...but this book makes me want to. I’m not sure how this would stand up for someone who does read a lot of the genre; all I know is, I certainly enjoyed it and was guessing until the very end.

The story felt firm, the characters felt real, and I felt very immersed it in all the whole time I was reading it. I will definitely pick up more from this author in the future.
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not my thing Not my groove. Freaking annoying! I understand that some like this kind of stuff I don't. Stupid people hiding stupid stuff. Be honest, and be done with it. The stupidity drove me up the wall!
No. No. Noooooooo!
Look elsewhere for a good review.
For me? Same twist, and same exact storyline.
We all know there is a twist..I adore a twist. Unfortunately,.everything has a twist now. Boo!.
The thing about a twist is that it should never be advertised. When you don't see or know it's coming!
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 p
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, edelweiss
Perfect title for this book… every marriage featured here is anything but good! Lol!

Lizzie and Sams’ marriage has hit rock-bottom. Lizzie has been forced to set her dreams of working as a prosecutor on hold. Instead, she’s virtually switched sides, now working with the defense, in order to earn enough to pay for Sam’s “actions.”

Lizzie receives a call from an old University friend Zach pleading for help and Lizzie knows immediately she’s in over her head. She just has no idea how deeply.

As the j
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This does remind me, in style, of “Big Little Lies”, so I am not surprised to see that it is COMING SOON, from Amazon and Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films!


Lizzie Kitsakis doesn’t practice Criminal Law.

But, she is the only one that Zach Grayson trusts, when he ends up at Rikers for assaulting an Officer, and is held as a suspect in his wife Amanda’s death.

At least that is the EXCUSE he gives her...

Amanda is just trying to fit in, with
Larry H
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
How much do we really know about the person to whom we’re married? How much do we care? These questions are at the forefront of Kimberly McCreight's new book, A Good Marriage .

When Lizzie met Sam, she thought she had truly found a partner in taking on the world. She’d be a prosecutor and he’d be a writer, both beating back injustice. But things didn’t work out the way she hoped. Now their relationship is filled with anger and guilt, and Lizzie was forced to take a job at a fancy law firm and
What makes a good marriage? How many marriages do we think are solid only to watch them fall apart? How many do we think are troubled, only to see them weather the storm and survive?

We all bring our sometimes complicated past experiences into our relationships. Couples compromise and make adjustments to make a long-term marriage work. The intimate details of a relationship aren’t usually the subject of casual conversation. That is, unless you live in the Park Slopes neighborhood of NYC. Then, n
Susanne  Strong
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, buddy-read
4.25 Stars

An Excellent Reminder as to Why I’m Not Married! Baaawaah!!!

Thank goodness for Kimberly McCreight! Lately I’ve been reading what I would describe as “less than stellar” domestic suspense/thrillers and then this one came along and all I have to say is Heck Ya!!

“A Good Marriage” is crazy, totally wicked and full of surprises. This one got me and got me good. While I feel that there may have been one or two over the top moments, this is in fact one of the best thrillers I’ve read all ye
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When Lizzie was last happy, she was a prosecutor and married to Sam, and now she’s forced to work in an elite law firm where she doesn’t want to be. Now, an inmate, who also happens to be a former friend, is asking her for help.

The help? Her friend, Zach’s, wife is found at the bottom of the stairs, and he is the suspect. All is not as it appears with Zach and his wife... and what Lizzie is about to experience will question everything she thinks she knows about “good marriages.”

A Good Marriage i
Diane S ☔
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
What makes a good marriage? We see couples in various places, some talking little to each other, others holding hands, acting lovey dovey. But we know looks can be deceiving, and those of us who have been married a while know there is much going on the background that others do not see. In this book we observe four marriages, each unique, each with their own problems. Problems that remain hidden until the wife in one is murdered, her husband accused of the crime. Now all bets are off, and the se ...more
This is a very strong 4.5, but it comes just short of a 5.

This was the strongest thriller I've read in a long time. It had everything that makes a thriller great - a realistic story, proper character development, drip drop reveals and a good (believeable) ending! I read the summary to this probably six months ago so the legal/courtroom aspects were a surprise and my favorite part. There genuinely wasn't a part of this book I didn't like. Domestic thrillers usually aren't my thing, but I wanted t
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, from-library
It’s so simple at the beginning. You meet someone gorgeous and smart and funny. Somebody who’s better than you—you both know it, at least on some level. You fall in love with them. But you fall even more in love with their idea of you. You feel lucky. Because you are lucky. Then time passes. You both change too much. You stay too much the same. The truth worms its way out, and the horizon grows dark. Eventually all you’re left with is somebody who sees you for who you really are. And sooner or l
Mary Kubica
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kimberly McCreight
Jan 24, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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.
Joey R.
Oct 09, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars— I decided to read “A Good Marriage” by Kimberly McCreight because some of the best books I have read recently have been psychological thrillers set around bad marriages (“Gone Girl” “The Marriage Lie” etc). Unfortunately, “A Good Marriage” was not quite as good as the other books I have read dealing with this topic. This book is written from the perspectives of Lizzie, an attorney who agrees to represent an old law school friend, Zach, who is arrested for killing his wife, Amanda, and ...more
Katie B
4.5 stars

I've read so many rave reviews for this book and it hasn't even been out that long. For the most part I thought it was worthy of the hype. I found myself equally fascinated by the different marriages just as much as the criminal case. The book is an interesting combo of being a page turning thriller but with some complex layers that added some depth. This is a great vacation type read but there is enough food for thought that it is worthy of a book club discussion for sure.

Amanda Grayso
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
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. ...more
Tinichix (nicole)
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: botm, 2020
"That's the hardest part about marriage, isn't it?" Zach went on. "Somebody else's problems become your own. It doesn't always feel fair."

This book was intense! It was very good. Suspenseful, fast paced, and full of twists and turns. Not at all predictable, at least to me. Each time I sat down to read it I convinced myself of a new possible ending. I enjoyed the style of writing. The law aspects were very detailed but not too technical that I wasn't able to follow. I enjoyed the characters and t
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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All 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,
Michael David
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Who killed Amanda after she came home from her friend’s annual key party? Was it her husband, Zach, who is now in prison and the only suspect? Was it the person Amanda felt was stalking her? The story is told in alternating POVs: Amanda and the events leading up to the party, as she goes about her life, trying to mask the problems in her marriage and enjoy the time with new friends. She is also hiding some disturbing things about her past that she’s afraid will catch up with her. The other POV i ...more
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
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)
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Kimberly McCreight is the New York Times bestselling author of several literary thrillers including RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA and A GOOD MARRIAGE. She has been nominated for an Edgar, Anthony and Alex award and her books have been translated into more than twenty languages. She attended Vassar College and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She lives in Brooklyn, New Yo ...more

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