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Release Date: February 9th, 2021
Synopsis: Rebecca and Brian Unsworth appear to have it all. A nice house in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Two well-behaved, healthy teenage children. Important government jobs—Rebecca working in counterterrorism for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Brian serving as a coder for the National Security Agency. Their lives stand to improve even more, as Brian, in his off-hours, has just developed and sold a highly profitable app.
However, the Unsworths’ marriage isn’t as perfect as it seems. After two decades together, they’ve drifted apart, talking little and having sex even less. Seeking to revive their strained relationship, they decide for their twentieth wedding anniversary to take their two kids, Kira and Tony, on a European getaway.
They have a blast…until one night in Barcelona, when Kira doesn’t come home from a dance club. She’s gone. Abducted. Over the course of a single weekend the Unsworths will do everything possible to find her—as Kira herself discovers just how far she’ll go to break free of the trap that’s been set for her. And even as Rebecca and Brian come together for Kira, they realize their marriage is more tenuous than they realized.
The Power Couple is another example of how Berenson can spin an exciting yarn that’s impossible to put down. The story is told from the povs of Kira, Rebecca, and Brian. Additionally, Rebecca’s and Brian’s chapters are in the past and present, which could have turned into a convoluted mess, but instead gives the reader an intriguing look into their complicated marriage and how their relationship and decisions tie into Kira’s kidnapping. There are several twists, especially in the last half of the book, that caught me by surprise, by in retrospect made sense. The finale is a little crazy, and veers into Mr. and Mrs. Smith territory, but as the villain gets their just desserts, I’m not going to quibble. While The Power Couple screams “HOLLYWOOD!” it’s not your average popcorn thriller, as it in addition to the mystery and action, it delves deep into its characters’ psyches. I highly recommend this for fans who love flawed characters along with their mystery/thrillers,