INSTANT #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
USA Today bestseller
Edgar + ITW Thriller Award nominee for Best First Novel
“Think: Dexter but sexier.”—theSkimm
“A dark and irresistible debut.”—People
“Will shock even the savviest suspense readers.”—Real Simple
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.
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.
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This was such an interesting read for me! I loved the story line and all of the suspense. The twists and turns in the story kept my attention and made me want to keep reading.
Very great plot. Kept me interested and I finished in less than 3 days. Read it!!
This book left me a little cold. The storyline had some interesting twists but I didn’t care about any of the characters . I was tempted to stop reading but I did finish it. The ending was definitely an unexpected twist but I still didn’t connect. The three stars were earned by the twists and ending.