Review: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing


Release date: March 26, 2019

Publisher: Berkley

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


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. 


Oohh this was a wickedly twisted read, one of those thrillers that is just really fun to read in a dark and disturbing way. The blurb says it best, an average married couple with a penchant for murder, does a domestic thriller get any darker than that?! Spoiler alert, it doesn’t.

This is told entirely from the point of view of the husband and something that was interesting in a quirky sort of way was that you never know his name. Yep, that’s right not once is her referred to by his real name though he does have an alias….intrigued yet?! I sure was and this was one fast paced, page turner of a read. The story progressed in a way that I didn’t predict (for the most part) so I won’t ramble on about the storyline itself, but if you like domestic thrillers and don’t mind macabre, then this one is for you! It takes a look at a marriage that has crossed way over to the dark side and does it in the most entertaining way possible.

This is an impressive debut from an author to watch, she has the whole engaging, simple, pacey writing style down and came up with a really fresh and exciting story. Recommended for a weekend binge read, it’s one you won’t want to put down once you start.

My Lovely Wife in three words: Disturbing, Wicked and Fiendish.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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