Review | My Lovely Wife

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing


I really want to tell you everything about this book … except that it’s better if I don’t!  Sometimes less is more, right?

The book summary describes My Lovely Wife as: “Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting…”

That was enough to make me request an ARC of this book.  The twisted story made it impossible to put down!

Millicent and her husband have been married for fifteen years and have two kids, Rory (14) and Jenna (13).  They’ve spent their life together climbing the social ladder within their wealthy neighborhood and working constantly (she’s a real estate agent and he’s a professional tennis instructor at their country club).  They appear to have it all but it’s exhausting to maintain.

You would think Millicent would be furious when her husband returns home late at night after meeting with another woman.  Instead, she’s disappointed when he tells her the other woman “just wasn’t the one“.

You see, this couple keeps their marriage interesting by stalking women online to learn all about them before making contact.  Millicent trusts her husband to determine which one they should ultimately murder.

This is seriously all I can tell you.

The story is narrated by the unnamed husband who makes this book compulsively readable!  He tells us all about how he met Millicent and how their relationship has evolved over the course of their marriage.  They seem like every other normal couple… except for their dangerous extracurricular activity.

Dark and twisted with some chilling surprises, My Lovely Wife is an exciting debut thriller that will have readers discussing for days.  Samantha Downing seriously blew my mind with this story and I can’t wait to read what she writes next!

Thanks to Berkley Books and Edelweiss for providing me with a DRC in exchange for my honest review.  My Lovely Wife is scheduled for release on March 26, 2019.


5 thoughts on “Review | My Lovely Wife

    1. Thanks Marialyce! I had a bad luck streak last month and bailed on two books in a row –
      which never happens. I feared I was falling into a book slump until I picked this one up; it was just what I needed!


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