Book Review – My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

I know it’s been a while since I’ve blogged and the reason for that is several things going on in life that have taken up my time. It doesn’t mean I’ve stopped reading. I finished this book more than a couple of weeks ago I just haven’t got around to reviewing it. I’ve also read a few more… so I have some catching up to do!!! Lucky you, just means there will be a bunch of blog posts coming up.

My Lovely Wife is another fantastic thriller just making my life worth living right now!

I didn’t think it could get any better after Jane Doe, but I’m very happy with My Lovely Wife. Of course a murderous husband and wife team would peak my interest. I read a lot of thrillers and for it to be exciting to me there needs to be a point of difference.

It is the authors debut novel (kudos to Samantha) and a lot of these fantastic thrillers I’m reading are the authors first book. Perhaps there is a little more creativity and bravery among these writers? Who knows. I know I will be very interested in reading Samantha’ s next novel.

I was introduced to the male protagonist (we never find out his real name?) and straight away I was intrigued – even though I initially didn’t know what was going on. Straight away he was picking up a woman and it wasn’t his first. He has a wife, Millicent, who encourages and joins in on the killings. It would appear that he does all the hunting though.

Despite me knowing that Millicent’s husband is just as responsible as she is, I start to feel sorry for him. I find myself on his side – and that is what the author, Samantha does so well. The story from his perspective allows me to see how evil Millicent is, but somehow I forget about his part in it all. Until later…

Some have likened it to Dexter (I don’t think it’s quite there) or Mr and Mrs Smith (nope, not at all). I think it’s original in it’s own right and comparing it to either does not do it justice.

It’s a great read and I finished it quickly and easily. I have recommended to all my friends and that’s when you know it’s really good. It’s also great for psychopaths, like me ;o)

Synopsis

Every marriage has secrets. Everyone has flaws. Your wife isn’t perfect – you know that – but then again nor are you.

But now a serial killer is on the loose in your small town, preying on young women. Fear is driving your well-behaved young daughter off the rails, and you find yourself in bed late at night, looking at the woman who lies asleep beside you.

Because you thought you knew the worst about her. The truth is you know nothing at all.

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