My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing


Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Title: My Lovely Wife
Author: Samantha Downing
Genre: Thriller
Audience: Adult
Format: Audiobook
Length: ~10 hours (374 pages)
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: March 26, 2019
Source: Library (Libby app)
Recommended for Fans of: Gone Girl, domestic thrillers


A couple’s 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 secrets to keeping a marriage alive.

Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.


This was so good and twisted. Looking for a dysfunctional anti-romance story? Look no further than this married couple who spend “date night” plotting and committing murder.

Were most of the major twists difficult to predict? No, but I really enjoyed seeing how all my predictions played out, and there were a few shocking surprises at the end I did not see coming.

Despite the slight predictability of this thriller, Samantha Downing is a talented storyteller. I appreciate how she makes the reader feel sympathetic for the husband, even though he is nowhere close to innocent! I also feel so bad for the kids. They really got messed up for life, and they have no idea the full extent of what both their parents are capable of.

It did take a few chapters to get into the story and the pacing. There were a few flashbacks that I found confusing to follow, but that have been because I listened to the audiobook.

I also wanted to know more about Millicent, her background, and her motivations. I would’ve liked a better look inside her head to understand how she thinks and what she wants.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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