My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing REVIEW


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.


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I was almost jealous, just for a moment, of this marriage. If only the kids and growing a conscious didn't get in the way. Even if the attraction between these two was solely based in darker matters leading to a perfect harmony when murder was added to the mix, it was a fun dynamic to see play out. The gender role reversal was an unexpected intrigue, to have the woman leading the way and for once the man being the unreliable character. I loved the genius of the media involvement, both in setting up a solid alibi then it blowing up in their faces affecting everyone around them even their own kids. The twists were upbeat, unique, and memorable.


There was a steady flow with ups and down, but no drastic peaks and valleys. The pace was consistent, which the short chapters accomplished. Every two or three pages there would be a slow crescendo till it left you with mini cliff hangers almost every chapter. It was hard to put the book down because I was constantly wanting just one more chapter and before I knew it I ended up finishing the book faster than I thought.

“But I keep my mouth shut, because that’s what friends do. We don’t point out each other’s faults unless asked.”


“My feelings about this are conflicted. I want my kids to feel safe. I also want them to know how dangerous the world is.”

The release of the paperback edition brought a new beautiful cover with a color scheme that seems to match this sinister read so much better. What do you think? Do you like the lighter hardcover or new black paperback edition better?

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