Review: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

This book summary intrigued me to the core. Husband and wife turned serial killers? Um yes please!

How could I not be intrigued by the whole suburban couple meets Dexter and Mr and Mrs Smith situation described in the summary? I love shows like Weeds (suburban housewife turned drug dealer), and movies like Mr and Mrs Smith (suburban couple meets assassin spies) so this book was simply begging me to read it.

As a stay at home mom, there are days when I wonder what my neighbor are up to when they come home at 3 am. Were they just out for a night on the town or were they out having an affair or hiding a body in the wilderness?

I have an over active imagination and I am nosy AF, and this book totally appealed to someone like me who could relate to suburban life but also  listens to way too many true crime/murder podcasts.


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 (summary from Goodreads).


First of all I have to say how impressed I was with this book, especially as a debut novel. Often times with debut novels, they can be a little rough around the edges and desperately in need of a good polish. However with this book, I was captivated beginning to end and never once felt like it needed a little shine.

I loved the concept of this novel and since I was engrossed in it from the beginning, I often found myself sneaking off to read just a little more when time allowed. I was constantly thinking about it and wanting to know what came next. Well well well done!

I think one of the things that intrigued me most about this novel was the whole, perfectly normal couple facade which hides some of the craziest people I’ve ever encountered in reading! There were moments where I could relate to the mundaneness of everyday life and a couple of times when I even chuckled a little, but then there is this whole other dark side of these characters that you can’t help but be sucked in by!

This was a book that I had to make room for in my review schedule. I was booked solid for March, but after reading the summary I knew I had to read it and I am so glad that I made the room and fit it in! It was a truly entertaining novel and if you love thrillers like I do, you need to have this one on your radar for the spring/early summer reading!

Book Info and Rating

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Berkley
Free book copy provided by publisher, Berkley, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced.
Rating: 5 stars
Genre: thriller


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