The Perfect Marriage delves into the lives of a group of unlikeable characters. Jessica and James are stupidly happy together. Their exes are the opposite. Cheating spouses have affected them in very different ways. One is profoundly nasty; the other is a kind-hearted push-over, hoping to put his family back together. Amid this mess is Jessica’s teenage son. His leukemia has returned and he needs an expensive procedure for a chance to live. Where will the money come from?
I really couldn’t get behind any of the characters in The Perfect Marriage. They were all lacking moral values in my opinion. I need to have at least one character to root for in a book, and I wish that would have been the case here.
The storyline was interesting, but not an edge of your seat kind of read. It does deal with some of the problems infidelity can cause, and even goes beyond the typical in this area. Seeing infidelity in this light was a bit shocking in a fictional book, which often portrays it as acceptable, to a point. I liked that aspect of the book.
All in all, The Perfect Marriage wasn’t an intense page-turner but was still an interesting read. The infidelity issues lead to so much more: blending together home, work, money, and health to bring the story to a sad ending. Is there ever a perfect marriage? Probably not. Certainly not in this book!