Booze & Book Reviews

The Golden Couple 

By Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Book Rating: 2.5 out of 5 boozy stars

The Golden Couple is a thriller that follows the point of view of Avery Chambers, a therapist who lost her license, and Marissa Bishop, a wealthy woman who has a seemingly perfect life with her husband Mathew. Marissa seeks out Avery to help save her marriage after she has an affair. Avery now counsels patients from her home using her own 10 session method that may be considered unorthodox by some. She is no longer restricted to the constraints that licensed therapists are, and is willing and able to do almost anything to help her clients. 

I found the beginning of this novel to be quite boring. I had some trouble getting into the book and connecting/caring about the characters. There were a lot of events that happened that were supposed to be suspenseful, but did not actually elicit any suspense. I forced myself to keep reading as this book was the month's pick for my book club. 

The ending had a good twist that I didn't expect, which ultimately saved the novel in my opinion. Another thing that I found strange was the two different perspectives that the book is written from. For some odd reason, Avery's character is written in first person, while Marissa's chapters are written in third person. 

Overall, I give this book 2 to 2.5 stars. I do not think I would read anything from these authors again. I just don't think that the novel was thrilling enough for my tastes, nor did I like the writing style and the tense-perspective changes.

What booze pairs well with this novel?

Gold Shimmery Champagne Cocktail 

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Booze Rating: 4 out of 5 boozy stars

I chose to pair this novel with a shimmery champagne drink, not only because of the title, but also because the novel focuses on the Bishops' and their marriage. They are a wealthy couple who own a lavish home and have high status jobs. Mathew is a partner in his company and Marissa own her own luxury store. Despite Marissa's infidelity, from the outside looking in, everything in the Bishop's life seems perfect. But not all that glitters is gold. Therefore the perfect drink for this novel is a sparkling champagne that can be enjoyed either while reading the book or at brunch with your book club while discussing the ending.