REVIEW: MY LOVELY WIFE, BY SAMANTHA DOWNING

 

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: Our first-person narrator is the husband in My Lovely Wife, and in a little game he is playing with his wife, he identifies himself as Tobias when he meets potential prey. He also claims to be deaf.

At first, we are unclear about the nature of the game. But slowly we learn more, and even come to understand the origins of the events that transpire. Or at least we think we do.

As the story moves along, with all the expected twists and turns, I know that I didn’t anticipate how things would play out. I should have known, as there were red flags waving all over the place.

Millicent, the wife, seems a little too put together and willing. So agreeable. So lovely, if you will. Could she be the person she seems to be?

The pace quickened shortly after the real game was revealed, and near the end, I was rapidly turning pages, with one hope in mind. Probably not the hope you are imagining, but sometimes the best kind of denouement is for one “bad” person to win out over the other. 5 stars.

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10 thoughts on “REVIEW: MY LOVELY WIFE, BY SAMANTHA DOWNING

  1. Susan

    Great review. I hesitated to read this book after reading the book blurb about it. However, book bloggers whose taste I trust have given it very good reviews both you and Susie at Novel Visits, maybe I will check it out and see what I think after all.

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    1. Thanks, Gal, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to read it, since buzzy books sometimes disappoint me. But I’m so glad I did! It was definitely a book to remember…and yes, maybe Gillian Flynn comes to mind.

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