My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing @smariedowning @penguinukbooks #bookreview #mylovelywife

Wooo hoooo! It’s Friday!!! Now I know you want a new read for the weekend… go on admit it…. Can I tempt you with My Lovely Wife??

Massive thank you to Penguin Books UK for my e-copy of My Lovely Wife that I received through Netgalley. I also received a physical proof of the book but I did also purchased a copy of the book at some point since publication three years ago.

The Blurb


Their life was just like yours. Nice house, great kids, the perfect life.

But they have a very dark secret.

You might think you’ve read stories like this before.

You’re wrong.

What Did I Think?

The blurb to My Lovely Wife doesn’t give you much does it? It piques enough interest but tells you nothing about the story…

Meet Millicent and her unnamed husband (our narrator). I must admit, I got to the end of the book and didn’t realise I didn’t actually know his real name. On the face of it, they’re living the American dream. He teaches tennis and she sells real estate. But they have an unusual hobby and this hobby just wow!!

This is a hard book to review as I don’t want to give away much more about this startling couple and their habits. Everything I read about them just left me wanting more, I needed to know more. My brain was just saying over and over “What The….”

This is twisted, totally and utterly twisted. The route Downing took me along left me stunned as to how twisted one story could be. How obsessed one person can be, how much of a pathological liar someone could be. Bloody brilliant!

Who Is Samantha Downing?

Samantha Downing was born in the Bay Area, and currently lives in New Orleans. Her debut novel, My Lovely Wife, was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick and a Sunday Times bestseller, and has been published in thirty languages. It won a Dead Good Reader Award, and was shortlisted for four other major awards: The CWA John Creasey Dagger, The Edgar Award for Best First Novel, The ITW Thriller Award for Best First Novel and The Macavity Award for Best First Mystery. Amazon Studios and Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films have partnered to produce a feature film based on the novel. Her second novel, He Started It, was also a Sunday Times bestseller.

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