My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

March 26th, 2019 Kimberly Review 16 Comments

26th Mar
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
My Lovely Wife
by Samantha Downing
Genres: Thriller
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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Rating:One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting...

Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.

We look like a normal couple. We're your neighbors, the parents of your kid's friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with.

We all have our secrets to keeping a marriage alive.

Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.

Standalone SUSPENSE thriller twisted

I was in the mood for an unreliable, suspenseful thriller and grabbed My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing.  This twisty tale will grab you! Even if you figure things out along the way, the story will trap you!

Millicent and her husband are your typical suburban couple. Both work, while raising two children in a coveted neighborhood, but they share a deadly secret.

Samantha Downing tells the story from the perspective of Millicent’s husband, a tennis instructor for the local country club. They’ve been married fifteen years, but as he narrates we learn that things are much darker than they seem. The two have some after-hours activities that would be horrify the Jones’.

I really enjoyed the way Downing unfolded this tale. Without spoilers, I will tell you this couple committed murder, but that is just the beginning of the game. Wooziers. As we learn what that’ve done, they also bring us along as they plan another. Throughout the tale the husband shares how they met, we learn things about Millicent’s childhood and how they raise their children. Everything is relevant and the pacing and unfolding just pull you in. I devoured this in two sittings.

They recommend this for fans of Dexter. I think that is a fair assumption. If you enjoyed the book/series, you’ll easily slip into this.

I figured the plots path early on but after reflection I think the author purposefully allowed the reader to grasp the bigger picture. Let us just say the game is afoot. Climatic twists, diabolical discoveries and deceit abound. If you are looking for an addictive thriller, grab My Lovely Wife.

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About Samantha Downing

Samantha Downing

Samantha Downing currently lives in New Orleans, where she is furiously typing away on her next standalone book. My Lovely Wife is her first novel.

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16 Responses to “My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing”

  1. Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

    I have been seeing so/so reviews for this one. I still want to read it. It sounds like I would really like it. I always try to guess who is doing the killing with thrillers and mysteries. Sometimes I get it right. =)

    Mary

  2. Heidi

    I looked this one up when I put it into a Friday Forecast. It sounded interesting, but I don’t think it’s for me. I don’t think I can get behind a couple that commits murder.

  3. sjhigbee

    Oh my goodness – and what a clever cover! I don’t like Dexter, so I’m guessing I wouldn’t enjoy this one, either. But I’m glad it was such a gripping read, Kimberly:)

  4. kindlemom1

    So glad you liked this one! I think I definitely liked it more than you did but glad you did like it. It was a bit twisted and unpredictable and not my norm, which was super nice.

  5. Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    I love Dexter, and movies and books that are similar. This sounds like it was a pretty good read with the climatic twists and diabolical discoveries, although, I don’t know if I would have liked figuring out the plots path so quickly! Excellent Review Kim!