Out on 19 January 2023

The Marriage Act

John Marrs

19 January 2023
496 pages


From the bestselling author of The One, now an eight-part Netflix series. Set in the same world as The One, The Marriage Act is a dark, high-concept thriller.

‘One of the most exciting original thriller writers’ Simon Kernick

What if marriage was the law? Dare you disobey?

Britain. The near-future. A right-wing government believes it has the answer to society’s ills – the Sanctity of Marriage Act, which actively encourages marriage as the norm, punishing those who choose to remain single.

But four couples are about to discover just how impossible relationships can be when the government is monitoring every aspect of our personal lives, monitoring every word, every minor disagreement . . . and will use every tool in its arsenal to ensure everyone will love, honour and obey.

Black Mirror meets thriller with a dash of Naomi Alderman’s The Power.

Praise for John Marrs:

‘Marrs is brilliant at twists . . . for the addicts of adrenaline-fuelled twisty rides’ – Peter James

‘Another savagely clever near-future thriller. Provocative, terrifying and compulsive. If you loved The One, you’ll love this!’ – Cara Hunter

‘A tense, thrilling read – I found it impossible to put down. It’s dark and twisted, and I loved it’ – Alex Michaelides, bestselling author of The Silent Patient

Dark, twisted, and full of surprises’Mark Edwards, bestselling author of Here to Stay and The Retreat