THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER AND RICHARD & JUDY AUTUMN 2019 PICK
HOW WELL DO YOU REALLY KNOW THE PERSON YOU LOVE MOST?
Their life was just like yours. Nice house, great kids, the perfect life.
But they have a very dark secret.
You might think you've read stories like this before.
'The twist at the end of the first chapter made me read through the night' Jane Corry, bestselling author of The Dead Ex
'The most gripping psychological thriller of 2019' Stylist
'The next Gone Girl' Marie Claire
'A twisty, audacious, Gone Girl-y psychological thriller. The book that everyone is going to be talking about' Red
'Wow! My Lovely Wife is a stunner - full of twists, well-drawn characters, and riveting suspense' Harlan Coben
'Dexter meets Gone Girl - I loved this this brilliantly dark and twisted novel. One of the best books I've read this year' C.J. Tudor
'Absolutely unputdownable' Liv Constantine
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A warning: My Lovely Wife might leave you second-guessing every suburban couple you meet. Millicent and her husband—our unnamed narrator—couldn’t seem more like a regular, unassuming and fairly unspectacular pair if they tried, but there’s a dark and devilishly macabre secret keeping their marriage alive. No spoilers here, but fans of Dexter may want to investigate this book. Just when you think you’ve settled into debut author Samantha Downing’s unrelenting pace, another dark twist will get your pulse racing again.
The discovery of a corpse in an abandoned Woodview, Fla., motel kick-starts Downing's taut debut. Police identify the victim as Lindsay, a young woman who went missing a year earlier and was apparently held captive for months before being strangled. This revelation shocks the book's 39-year-old unnamed narrator, since he and his wife, Millicent, were the ones who abducted Lindsay as part of a ploy to spice up their marriage. Millicent was supposed to have immediately killed and dumped Lindsay in a swamp, but she now claims that in order to distract the authorities, she changed their m.o. to match that of Owen Oliver Riley, a notorious local serial killer who escaped conviction. Millicent's husband initially relishes the idea of a suspicion-free killing spree, but quickly learns that resurrecting the local bogeyman has consequences. Downing's tale unfolds slowly and sinuously, building tension about the couples' fate while revealing the origins of their homicidal hobby. The first-person, present-tense narration makes readers feel uncomfortably complicit in all that transpires, underscoring the plot's grim and twisted nature. Readers will eagerly await Downing's next thriller. Author tour.
Customer ReviewsSee All
The staccato clipped style of writing, had me talking like that for a few days! I liked it a lot.
I also liked the quirky character of the husband built up over the early chapters, but he changed into something else towards the end.
He became too practical, too self controlled and focused to be as interesting.
I would have preferred an ending where the wicked fall into their own net while he continues to be distracted with trivia. But hey! it’s not my book, so well done for investing the time to put this intriguing tale together.
Page turningly good!
This is a totally different book to my normal read, thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend.
I read this book in a day! Couldn’t put it down, amazing twist at the end too. Highly recommend reading this