My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing – Review

Hi friends. Today, I will be reviewing My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing. This was a disturbing, yet amazing read. I found it a bit similar to a book I’ve already read, but it was still interesting and unique in it’s own way.

Book: My Lovely Wife

Author: Samantha Downing

Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: 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.


Some spoilers are marked and hidden!!

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

*The Husband. At first, I was annoyed by the way he was narrating the story, but I eventually got used to it, and began to enjoy his POV. His true name is never mentioned, and his alias is Tobias, however, I decided to call him, The Husband. He is like any other father in his rich neighborhood, teaching golf at the local club, with a wife who is a realtor and two kids. However, his secret hobby is murder. As the story continued, I sympathized with him, and also tried to make excuses for him in my head. By the end of the book, I was rooting for him, which makes me just a tad bit worried about my mental health 😉

*Millicent. She was an interesting character who was constantly full of surprises. She also seemed to be the main brains behind the murders, and a bit controlling of her husband. But what can you expect from a serial killer? Though I didn’t like her, it was interesting to learn about her through her husband’s POV.

*Mystery and Plot. The mystery wasn’t much of a mystery, since we already knew who did it and why – well, you think you know why. I was surprised how things turned out, and couldn’t guess the ending. There was a good amount of suspense, and I was also constantly worrying that Millicent and her husband would get caught which I guess I should have been happy about, but I was still nervous. Most of the book wasn’t very fast-paced, but the end was more of a thriller.


Quote: “You didn’t think we were going to stop, did you?”

*The Husband is a bit stupid. Honestly, I don’t plan murders, and I stay on the right side of the law, yet I felt like I knew that he shouldn’t have made such a ridiculous mistake. I think it’s a bit of a spoiler, so I’m going to hide it in the drop-down.

SPOILER!! BEWARE!! Do not click the arrow unless you want to reveal the spoiler! After Trisha (?? I think that’s her name) told him that she dated Owen, and she gave some details about his house, The Husband wrote a letter, pretending to be Owen and used pretty much the exact same words to prove that he is indeed Owen and not a copycat. I expected Trisha to notice that those exact words had been used and that that would have been The Husband’s downfall. It seemed very obvious to me that he should not have done that.

*Justice. I personally would have liked for The Bad Guy to suffer a lot more than they did at the end of the book, but I guess justice was still served in its own way.

*Similarities. After I finished reading the story, it occured to me that this book was a bit similar to another book I have read, especially with the ending twist. You can see which book in the drop down below!

SPOILER!! BEWARE!! Do not click the arrow unless you want to reveal the spoiler! I think it was similar to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Both wives got cheated on, and then they planned an elaborate revenge that included framing the husband for a crime they didn’t commit. However, while I liked My Lovely Wife, I didn’t like Gone Girl.

Quote: “My name is not Tobias. I use that name only when I want someone to remember me.”

Overall, I liked this, I would recommend it, and I hope you enjoy it if you read it. This was a dark and twisted thriller with an unconventional narrator and a surprising ending. For a debut thriller, I think Ms. Downing did a very good job.

One sentence summary: A twisted and surprising thriller, with an unusual narrator.

Overall, 4 stars!

★★★★☆

Have you read My Lovely Wife? What did you think? Have you read any other thriller from the point-of-view of the killer? Let’s chat in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday #20

Hello my dear friends! I hope you are having a fantastic day! It is time for my weekly reading update, WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Let’s get started!

All covers are from Goodreads

What I Just Finished:

I finished Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens in one day after pushing myself to just get through it. It was pretty slow, but I got through and still enjoyed it. I reviewed it here.

The Wicked King by Holly Black. This was so. much. more. enjoyable than The Cruel Prince. I felt much more connected to Jude. I also loved her relationship with Cardan. Review to come.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This is probably my favorite book so far of 2019. The plot wasn’t anything major, but the characters were awesome. I loved Kaz, and Inej, and Jesper, and Wylan, Nina and Matthias not as much, but still the crew was amazing. Review to come.

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing. I finished this last week, and though at first I didn’t like The Husband’s POV, I still overall enjoyed the story. The plot, however, was pretty similar to another book I’ve read (I’m not going to spoil it!). Review to come.

What I’m Currently Reading:

I’m 17% into We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal, and so far so good. I feel though that it is a bit cliché and I think I can guess some of the plot twists already, so hopefully it will surprise me.

What I Plan To Read Next:

Next up is The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I’ve heard a lot about this so I’m super excited to read it!

That’s it for this Wednesday. What are you reading? Have you read any books by Taylor Jenkins Reid? Let’s chat in the comments below! (Be sure to link to your WWW’s so that I can check them out!)

Top Ten Tuesday – 2019 Releases That I’m Still Waiting For

Bonjour and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and The Bookish, and is now hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today’s topic is: Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With (submitted by Sara @ A Gingerly Review)

However, I’m feeling slightly rebellious today. So instead, I am going to do: 2019 Releases That I’m Still Waiting For

Let’s get started!

Links lead to Goodreads

*Her Father’s Secret by Sara Blaedel. Family drama, a dead father with secrets, and murders happening all over town. Perfect bedtime story, right? Release date: (Today) March 5th

*House on Fire by Bonnie Kistler. I am really really intrigued by that synopsis and I want to know what really happened. Release date: March 12th

*A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty. Isn’t that title creepy yet hauntingly interesting at the same time? Release date: March 12th

*My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing. The summary sounds interesting and I can probably wait three more weeks. Release date: March 26th

*The Girl Next Door by Phoebe Morgan. A picture perfect family that in reality isn’t that picture perfect? Sign me up! Release date: April 4th

*They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall. It sounds creepy, and full of secrets. I can probably not wait another month. Release date: April 9th

*The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I’m really excited for this because it is by my favorite author. Release date: May 7th

*Her Daughter’s Mother by Daniela Petrova. First of all, the cover is gorgeous. Second of all, the summary is interesting. Third of all, that should be enough to let you know that this needs to go to your TBR. Release date: June 18th

*Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle. Two women are missing. One ran away, the other looks like she’s come across foul play. I can’t wait for this one (I already have my theories on what’s going to happen, lol) Release date: June 25th

*The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee. I can’t wait until AUGUST to get this. I. Need. This. NOW. Release date: August 13th

That’s it for this Tuesday! Are any of these books on your TBR? Any 2019 releases that you’re still waiting for? Let’s chat in the comments! (Don’t forget to link up to your TTT’s in the comments below so I can check them out!)