What kind of woman commits an unspeakable crime? Can a loving mother be a murderer? Would she kill, not to defend herself or her family, but simply because she can? Samantha Downing answers all these questions and more in her startling debut novel, My Lovely Wife.
Told from the point of view of the nameless husband, My Lovely Wife
What’s real and what’s fake aren’t clear. Both Millicent and her husband lie to each other and everyone around them. They make plans—horrific plans—then change them, making outcomes even worse.
But we definitely care what happens next, so much so, that we’ll keep reading, even when we think we shouldn’t.
A compulsive page-turner, My Lovely Wife is part guilty pleasure, part dirty little secret, because admitting you want them to get away with it makes you complicit in their heinous acts.
Neither partner is innocent, but as you become immersed in their unfolding story—unable to put the book down—neither are you.
Downing’s ability to surprise the reader and focus in on the darkest aspects of human nature combine to create a standout in the crowded list of domestic suspense titles. It also makes for a very scary marriage.There are two ways to show character development in fiction. One is to have a character change, so the reader experiences their personal growth. The second is to reveal deeper truths about a character. The character hasn’t changed, only the reader’s understanding has.My Lovely Wife is a fascinating combination of reversals, reveals, and bad behavior that keeps us on the edge of our seats. A book that will keep you guessing, force you to keep reading, and might just make you go to bed with the lights on.
And it’s definitely guaranteed to make you wonder a little bit more about your neighbors and what they might be doing behind closed doors.