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The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose: FAQs + Books Like It

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

When it comes to books that are bestsellers set to be turned into movies, I do everything in my power to read the book before I ever see a trailer. I want the chance to let my mind paint a picture of the characters, the setting, and everything else before I can be swayed by another person's interpretation.


This was the case with The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose. As soon as I saw it popping off on the Goodreads charts and read news of the movie adaptation plans, it immediately shot to the top reading queue. (Kindle | Kobo | Paperback)


Now that I'm finished, I've answered the most frequently asked questions about the book for readers like yourself, as well as given you a list of my top five books like The Perfect Marriage to read next below. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose

What is the Book The Perfect Marriage About?

Just because Adam and Sarah Morgan have been married for 10 years, it doesn't mean they're happy. While Sarah spends her days, nights, and weekends in the office and court as DC's most powerful defense attorney, her husband, Adam, spends his time attempting to revive his failing career as an author writing at their cabin. Of course, this gives Adam the chance to begin a year-and-a-half-long secret affair with a local waitress, Kelly. That is until she's found stabbed 37 times in his bed. At this point, he must confess it all to his wife and ask her to do the impossible - defend him in court. Sarah surprises everyone though and takes his case. Is she that good of a wife? Or is something more sinister going on in this marriage?


Is The Perfect Marriage Based on a True Story?

No, the book The Perfect Marriage is not based on a true story. This was confirmed by Jeneva Rose herself after a TikTok meant to promote the book received backlash.


Is The Perfect Marriage Being Made Into a Movie?

Yes - in October 2022, Deadline announced that The Perfect Marriage would be made into a movie that will be written by William Broyles, directed by Sigal Avin, and produced by Patrick Wachsberger.


How Long Does It Take to Read The Perfect Marriage?

According to How Long to Read, it will take the average reader approximately 4 hours and 45 minutes to read The Perfect Marriage.


Who Are the Main Characters in The Perfect Marriage?

Given how large the cast of The Perfect Marriage is, here's a list of the main characters to help you keep track:

  • Adam Morgan - Author, Sarah's husband

  • Sarah Morgan - Defense attorney, Adam's wife

  • Kelly Summers (aka Jenna Way) - Waitress, Adam's mistress, Scott's wife

  • Scott Summers - Sheriff Deputy, Kelly’s husband

  • Matthew Latchaw - Sarah's best friend from law school

  • Anne - Sarah’s assistant

  • Sheriff Stevens - Lead police officer on Kelly's murder

  • Greg Miller - Jenna Way’s husband, murdered

  • Nicholas Robert Miller (aka Bob) - Greg’s brother, Sarah's coworker, accomplice, and future lover

  • Rebecca Sanford - Private investigator pretending to be a newspaper reporter


Who Is Bob In The Perfect Marriage, Really?

Sarah's coworker, Bob, is actually Nicholas Robert Miller, the brother of Kelly Summers's first husband, Greg Miller.


Who Is the Killer in The Perfect Marriage?

Sarah Morgan is the killer in The Perfect Marriage, although Bob was her co-conspirator. Here is the explanation she gives as to why the two did it: "Bob approached me with evidence of Adam's infidelities, which he had come across because he was looking to destroy Kelly's life after what she did to his brother. So, we decided to kill Kelly and frame Adam." As it turns out, she also killed her mother who was a drug addict, saying: "My mom didn't kill herself in the technical sense. One needle of heroin wouldn't do it, but the other three I stuck in her arm would. She was killing herself a little every day, I just sped up the process."


How Does the Book The Perfect Marriage End?

11 years after the jury finds Adam Morgan guilty and on the day he is scheduled to be executed, Sarah Morgan returns so she can slyly reveal the truth to Adam and watch as he realizes but cannot do anything as his literally on his death bed. She then leaves and gets in the car with her accomplice, Bob, and their eight-year-old daughter, Summer. Sarah and Bob get married the next day - the first day she is officially no longer married to Adam Morgan.


5 Books Like The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose

Whether this book left you craving another who-dun-it or another domestic psychological thriller, there are a lot of options to choose from. So, to help you narrow down your options, here are my personal top five picks for books like The Perfect Marriage:


Things We Do In the Dark by Jennifer Hillier

1. Things We Do In the Dark by Jennifer Hillier

There are a lot of similarities between The Perfect Marriage and Things We Do In the Dark. But instead of explaining them to you myself, I'm going to let the book's description speak for itself: "When Paris Peralta is arrested in her own bathroom - covered in blood, holding a straight razor, her celebrity husband dead in the bathtub behind her - she knows she'll be charged with murder. But as bad as this looks, it's not what worries her the most. With the unwanted media attention now surrounding her, it's only a matter of time before someone from her long-hidden past recognizes her and destroys the new life she's worked so hard to build."


The Guest List by Lucy Foley

2. The Guest List by Lucy Foley

One thing I didn't expect from The Perfect Marriage was for there to be so many suspects. By the end, I had accused every main character of Kelly's murder. If that's something you'd like to see in your next thriller read, then I'd recommend The Guest List by Lucy Foley, which is a whodunit about a murder that takes place at a wedding on a remote Irish island during a storm. It's narrated by the guests, the bride, the groom, and even the wedding planner, who all have motives for murder. Only one of them is actually guilty though. Who will it be?


Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney

3. Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney

Am I the only one who thought that Sarah wouldn't possibly be the killer simply because it seemed too obvious? Too easy? While I'm satisfied with the ending, I would have liked a bigger plot twist or a bit more complexity. If you feel the same, you have to read Rock Paper Scissors. To this day, I still can't believe the plot twist Alice Feeney pulled off at the end of this domestic psychological thriller. I won't explain it in any more detail because it's too good to risk giving the ending away.


The Guilty Husband by Stephanie DeCarolis

4. The Guilty Husband by Stephanie DeCarolis

A seemingly perfect couple. A beautiful house. A husband who has an affair. Secrets on top of secrets. You might think I'm talking about The Perfect Marriage, and I could be, but this also perfectly describes The Guilty Husband by Stephanie DeCarolis. Despite the similarities, I think there are enough differences to keep it interesting for you. If you haven't heard of the book, here's a brief description: "Vince is a CEO, owns a beautiful home, and most importantly, he's married to Nicole. But when Layla, a stunning young intern at Vince’s company is found dead, all eyes are suddenly on him. He was having an affair with Layla and he’ll do anything to cover his tracks. So, when the police discover Vince lied about his relationship with Layla, they think they've found her killer. But if Vince kept quiet about the affair, what else is he guilty of?"


The Villa by Rachel Hawkins

5. The Villa by Rachel Hawkins

One of the best things about Rachel Hawkins' book, The Villa, is that it's not only about one love triangle but two - one that's currently happening and one that happened in the past. So, if you liked that aspect of The Perfect Marriage, then this is a really interesting version of that. It's about a woman who is recently separated from his husband, recovering from a mysterious illness, and is months behind on the book draft she promised her publisher. So, it comes at a good time when her childhood best friend invites her to spend a summer at a villa in Italy writing, drinking, and exploring. That isn't what ends up happening though. After finding the journal of the girlfriend of the man who died in the villa in the 70s, she attempts to learn the truth about their lives and in doing so, learns the ugly truth about her life too.

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