My Lovely Wife

My Lovely Wife

Book - 2019 | First edition.
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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.
Millicent and her husband-- let's call him "Tobias"-- met, fell in love, had kids, moved to the suburbs-- and got bored. They have a secret to keeping a marriage alive. It happens to be getting away with murder. But "Tobias" has been making mistakes. They're starting to find the bodies.... -- adapted from jacket and perusal of book
Publisher: New York : Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780451491725
0451491726
Branch Call Number: FIC DOWNING
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 24 cm

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Their love story was simple. They met, fell in love, had kids, and moved to the suburbs. They shared their biggest dreams and darkest secrets. And then they got bored. Everyone has secrets to keeping a marriage alive. Theirs just happens to be getting away with murder. Fans of domestic thrillers... Read More »

The suspense builds steadily in this twisted tale of a married couple with a novel way of keeping their relationship fresh.

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SnoIsleLib_MarieB Jun 04, 2019

Suburban malaise leads to creativity in this twisted tale of suspense told from two perspectives.


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mcaugher
Nov 10, 2020

This book was not a psychological thriller but a cheap imitation, a reality show version that capitalized on the current fascination with gory details of criminal deeds. No plot, no action, no discovery.

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hannahbfox1
Oct 27, 2020

Couldn't put this down! I recommend it. I agree with some of the other comments that the last few chapters were pretty predictable. I feel like there were a couple plot holes, but still well written, especially for a debut novel.

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sarahlinette
Oct 09, 2020

Nice scary book,,,, but lacked mystery. It was kinda predictable I read the first 4 chapters and the last chapter to the book and ended the way I thought.. its a good read just seemed predicatable to me.

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FaeAnn234
Sep 21, 2020

Excellent for a debut novel.

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AprilW89
Sep 17, 2020

I am almost done with this book...I will come back to leave my final thoughts but I must say....

60 Chapters????!!! It is a good book but it drags. I almost think the author had to make it longer or something cause it is so long for such a simple plot. I just had to leave that here. I did the audiobook so maybe that made it seem slower to get through but goodness.... I almost didn't finish.

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ercr1955
Aug 12, 2020

Loved this book. Can't wait to read her next one.

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Catlady10
Jul 09, 2020

Shocking novel for me, but still a good easy read.

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brandijulian14
Jun 16, 2020

If you like thrillers, go ahead and place this one on hold! This is a 5 star rating from me. Loved this one and cannot wait for Samantha Downing's next book: He Started It!

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delphimo
Jun 13, 2020

My Lovely Wife upset me immensely and I almost stopped reading this deranged story. Millicent, the lovely wife, must control everything in the life of her family. Even though she works hard to sell houses, she must still cook and clean and supervise every household task. Her unnamed husband, a tennis teacher, narrates the story. This seemingly normal married couple kill women and frighten the community to believe a serial killer from the past has returned. Of course, the husband only kills one woman, while Millicent kidnaps, tortures, and kills many women. As the story unfolds, Millicent’s fury and anger encroaches on the children. Samantha Downing uses short chapters in the style of James Patterson. As the terror and horror mounts, the reader plows on with the story. So many lessons stand out such as the behavior of the children. Have we turned into such as callous society?

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MillieBT
May 25, 2020

Excellent but it could have been shorter due to alot of repetative scenes

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