Review: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

Lovely wife

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 secrets to keeping a marriage alive.

Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.




Talk about twisted couple! There are various ways of keeping things exciting in a marriage. Date nights is one way. However, for the ‘lovely’ couple in this book, passion and danger intertwine creating the messy, intriguing, dark twisty read that this turned out to be. Oh they do have date nights too but…can’t say more.

The interesting thing about this book is that it doesn’t really have the kind of twists that make your head spin. Don’t get me wrong, the entire plot-line is shocking so it’s hard to pinpoint every little twist. There are a number of subtle and not so subtle insane things that the characters do and worse, how they normalize their twisted actions.

There is a major twist towards the final chapters when the rug is practically pulled from under our feet. I enjoyed the whole book but I loved this twist the most. It created a sort of claustrophobic suspense. You know the kind of tension that comes from knowing that there is no way out. Like in those John Q type of movies where the police surround a building and the hero/villain can only surrender? That is how this book made me feel. The ending turned to be just as satisfying with a jaw-dropping epilogue.

Yes, I am deliberately being vague. All you need to know is that this is a dark, well-constructed, captivating thriller with characters that make Dexter seem like a Saint. It is an enjoyable read that all fans of thrillers are likely to enjoy. Recommended.

25 thoughts on “Review: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

  1. So glad you loved it! It really is best to read the book not knowing anything, I agree. That ending! I was floored. This is probably my favorite thriller of the year so far. Wonderful review, Diana!

    1. Thanks Stephanie. That ending was everything. I thought we were done with the twists and then, Boom! The author just had to give us such a haunting ending. One of my favorite reads this year so far too 🙂

    1. Thanks Deanna. I hope that you will be able to get a copy and since your book-club likes thrillers, I think this is also a title y’all would enjoy.

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