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The Power Couple, Alex Berenson: A Review

I haven't read a Berenson book in a few years, but when this title popped in my feed, I knew I had to request it. The cover and synopsis were interesting, and I was thrilled to be approved.

On the surface, Brian and Becks have a lovely relationship. Married for twenty years, two beautiful children, and careers they love. A twentieth anniversary trip abroad, however, highlights the cracks in their love, as Kira, their daughter, is abducted one night in Barcelona. Desperate to find her, they must figure out if her kidnapping was a random act or was she targeted for a specific reason. Becks works for the FBI counterintelligence; Brian works for the NSA. Both have secrets. One has the answer. I loved this book. After a string of books that covered serious, heavy topics, it was nice to dive into a high-octane thriller with an entertaining, yet high-stakes plot. This gave me definite Mr. and Mrs. Smith meets Taken vibes, and at first, I was a little worried this would fall into a predictable trope. However, where on paper this might sound familiar, the execution proved to be a breath of fresh air. Becks' level-headed and rational approach to the kidnapping was a welcome change in a genre dominated by female characters who worry on the couch while the men go out to Liam Neeson their way to the hero ending. Brian, too, while I didn't like his voice as much as Becks' chapters, I enjoyed his POV and the way Berenson tied their history together. The flashbacks worked well here to highlight their differences and raise the tension of the kidnapping. The plot is cinematic, and I could see this being a perfect fit as a 24-esque mini-series. It has all the ingredients of a watchable action thriller while tackling some serious issues, including mental health, eating disorders, and gender roles. Overall, The Power Couple is an engrossing, fast-paced page turner that will leave you guessing until the very last page. Out in February, this is one you'll want to add to your TBRs now. Thank you to Simon and Schuster for providing an eARC in exchange for honest review consideration.

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