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
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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Jul 09, 2020

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

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!

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?

May 25, 2020

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

JCLHebahA May 06, 2020

Twisty thrillers about terrible people aren't my usual fare, but I can absolutely see the trainwreck appeal of these stories as I kept reading to see how much more messed-up things would get. Answer: very. Plenty of twists and surprises, some of which I didn't see coming and a couple I did.

Jan 15, 2020

This was a very odd story. I've read many odd stories and this is up there in the top 10 of oddest. It held my attention throughout, although it wasn't a very believable plot. I started figuring out what was going on about two/thirds of the way through it which made the end somewhat of a letdown when I found out I was right. I like surprise endings. If one likes odd stories, you may enjoy it.

Jan 13, 2020

A fast read that's very reminiscent of Gone Girl. Highly recommend for readers of Ruth Ware as well.

ACL_BeckyM Dec 05, 2019

A fun, fast read! Who would have thought murder could spice up a boring marriage. The twists and turns will keep you turning the pages until the very end.

Oct 14, 2019

A very clever thriller about a murderous married couple. No one to root for here -- so stay away if it bothers you that all of the characters are dark and nasty. Brilliantly tight and twisted throughout; I couldn't put it down. Love the last equally witty and chilling line.

K_ROK Sep 24, 2019

This book was surprising for me - I quite enjoyed it. I liked the premise and wasn't let down.

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