Book Notes: Alex Berenson’s The Power Couple

I knew, of course, that aside from being the person who saved my sanity Alex Berenson was the author of spy thrillers. I hate spy thrillers but there’s nothing I can think of doing to express my ocean-deep gratitude to Berenson other than buy his books. He’s literally the most important man in my life after my husband and my father. And if that seems exaggerated, imagine being a neurotic hypochondriac with OCD during a pandemic. It’s like being an alcoholic locked in a bar and told that a tornado is approaching. The temptation to go off the deep end is intense.

So as a sign of gratitude for keeping me moored in reality I bought Berenson’s new novel titled The Power Couple. And guess what? It turned out to be a very enjoyable read. VERY. Minimal spy stuff, and what there was of it wasn’t at all obnoxious. The novel is more mommy lit (a genre I love) than spy lit. I hope somebody buys movie rights because it would make for a great movie.

People are complaining in reviews that neither protagonist is likeable but that’s the whole point. The idea of “a power couple” is being skewered in the novel, and of course the characters are obnoxious.

I didn’t expect to enjoy this novel nearly as much as I did. Now I wonder if I should buy Berenson’s other novels. I looked at the blurbs, and they sound like hardcore spy stuff, which I really can’t stand. On the other hand, I like the way he writes.

In any case, a very good novel, very entertaining, reads in a flash.

3 thoughts on “Book Notes: Alex Berenson’s The Power Couple”

  1. Funny—I just finished this yesterday after a hardcore book hangover from “Pride and Prejudice.” This broke me out of my rut. I, too, bought the book partly out of gratitude for Berenson’s Covid work.

    I also hated both protagonists, but I kind of like books with really detestable characters. It was a perfect novel to slip into vacation mode with. Currently sailing in Fort Lauderdale-Miami, most things wide open thanks to DeSantis. Looking forward to your next review!

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  2. Funny—I just finished this yesterday after a hardcore book hangover from “Pride and Prejudice.” This broke me out of my rut. I, too, bought the book partly out of gratitude for Berenson’s Covid work.

    I also hated both protagonists, but I kind of like books with really detestable characters. It was a perfect novel to slip into vacation mode with. Currently sailing in Fort Lauderdale-Miami, most things wide open thanks to DeSantis. Looking forward to your next review!

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