Book Review: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

May 13, 2019 Book review 11 ★★★★½

Holy Twister! I’ve shook after My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing. I know saying there are twists can be a bit of a spoiler. But it’s there on the cover for all to see, so I don’t think I’m ruining anything for anyone.

Thanks to Michael Joseph for giving me for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.

Book Review: My Lovely Wife by Samantha DowningMy Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
Published by Michael Joseph on May 2, 2019
Genres: Psychological, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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 secrets to keeping a marriage alive.Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.

!@#$ ARC REVIEW CRIME suspense Thriller

My thoughts

For the entire time I was reading this book, I felt very uncomfortable. Because I HATED the characters. Despised them, judged their lack of moral and empathy, and found them wanting by any standards. Shuddered at their evil deeds. But I also couldn’t stop reading. I was drawn into their sordid games, and as grubby as the book made me feel, I couldn’t look away.

Part of why I had such an extreme reaction was that the couple seemed so normal. She sells houses, he gives tennis lessons. They are strict but loving parents who take turns attending their kids sports activities. BUT behind closed doors, they are anything but a normal couple. That’s all I’ll say about that. 

My highlights were :

  • the layer after layer of twists
  • we knew from the very start what the couple were up to and that made it scary as hell
  • the darkness of the characters. They were every kind of twisted and horrible.
  • the gripping storyline. I devoured it in a single day
  • that ending. It pulled the rug out from under me, and left me floundering in a heap on the floor
#MyLovelyWife by Samantha Downing is a brilliant debut novel & I can't wait to see where the author's deranged imagination takes her next! #bookreview @smariedowning @MichaelJBooks Click To Tweet

This is a debut novel for Samantha Downing and I can’t wait to see where her deranged imagination takes her next.

Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars

Who should read My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

I’d recommend this to you if you enjoy authors such as Tana FrenchSamantha Hayes or Lucy Dawson.  And also if you enjoy lots of suspense, evil characters and more twists than a corkscrew.


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11 Responses to “Book Review: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing”

  1. Cynthia

    I am definitely adding this book to my list because it sounds absolutely like my kind of book! What a great review and you have me wanting to read this ASAP!

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