Review: My Lovely Wife - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose 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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Psychological Thriller

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My Lovely Wife
By Samantha Downing

Review: My Lovely Wife

Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in Samantha Downing’s dark and compulsive thriller, MY LOVELY WIFE.

Millicent and her husband have been married for 15 years, building a normal life—by all appearances—with their two kids. What’s not quite as normal are their late night dates plotting the deaths of young women. They fell into the habit by accident, but soon enough, murder became the sizzle in their ordinary life. Stalking, lying, killing, torturing, burying bodies… what else could a healthy marriage hope for?

Unfurling through the present-tense perspective of the husband, we see their relationship at play, along with their secret extracurricular activities. And as the body count begins to rise, things begin to get complicated for this husband-and-wife serial killer team.

Author Samantha Downing really flips the script on this domestic suspense. The wildness of the situation is entirely absorbing, and the way she almost normalizes what is happening makes you feel surprisingly complicit.

And even though we’re reading a serial killer novel, there is almost no violence in the narrative. The intrigue comes from uniqueness of the plot and the well-drawn characters that bring this sinister story to life. It all feels chilling, unsettling and increasingly tense, especially when you consider how the somewhat relatable, somewhat charming relationship of our villains is unnervingly paradoxical to the twisted reality of it.

As you read it, you won’t understand why you sympathize with the husband. Why you begin to root for a murderer. Downing does such a great job of drawing you in, then pulling the foundation from under you, that you won’t know which way is up by the end.

It’s the type of book that will keep you reading late into the night, with its decidedly dark yet somehow ludicrously buoyant premise. I can’t wait to see what she’ll come up with next with a debut as unique and as promising as this one.

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  1. mothergeek said:

    This sounds epic! I have a dexter sized hole in my life, this might just fill for me! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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