Book Reviews · Mystery · Suspense · Thriller

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

About a month ago (after a few glasses of wine), I got on Amazon and preordered the Kindle copy of My Lovely Wife…as well as bought a new Kindle Paperwhite, a case, and several other books. Kids, don’t drink and Prime. Anyways, I had completely forgotten about my preorder until March 26, when I received an email at 12 am about my order. Let me tell you, that was a fantastic surprise and I’m glad Past Kaylie is always looking out for Future Kaylie’s bookworming needs! On second thought… drink and prime. Treat yo self.


Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting…

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

My thoughts

From the moment that I read the synopsis, I immediately knew that it was in my wheelhouse. Dark, homicidal tendencies, plus a cover that is so fantastic that I’m tempted to buy a hard copy just to grace my bookshelves? Count me in. Except honestly I feel like the synopsis sold it short. The story goes much deeper than this implies, resurrecting haunting pasts on so many levels. On a basic, non-spoilery level, it addresses how our actions have consequences – and how those consequences continue to impact those around us.

The Lovely Wife was utterly compulsive – I’m talking, cancel all plans because you HAVE to know what’s going to happen. The suspense steadily builds, and you can see Downing taking the story in so many different directions. I had SO many theories as the story came to an end. Personally, I found the ending to fall a bit flat compared to the exciting page-turner that kept my nose glued in the book for many consecutive hours. Maybe it was my overactive imagination?

If you’re like me and have recently been extremely hit-or-miss on connecting with books, I definitely recommend picking this one up! I’ve missed binge reading, and this one made it to where I had no other choice but to forego all social obligations because FINDING OUT WHAT HAPPENS WAS SO MUCH MORE IMPORTANT. PS – sorry to anyone that I cancelled plans with last minute as a result to this book 🙂 read it and you’ll understand!


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