My Lovely Wife
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.

My Lovely Wife Details

TitleMy Lovely Wife
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 26th, 2019
PublisherBerkley Books
ISBN-139780451491725
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Adult

My Lovely Wife Review

  • Lala BooksandLala
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this nasty little book.
  • Deanna
    January 1, 1970
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...Wow! What a read! I had no idea what to expect after reading the description for this novel. However, I knew I had to read it, and once I started, there was no going back.Dark, disturbing, and so very clever. This novel really was impossible to put down.The book opens with a man approaching a woman in a bar. He slides his phone towards her, and she reads the message he has typed on it… “Hello. My name is Tobias”She is unsure My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...Wow! What a read! I had no idea what to expect after reading the description for this novel. However, I knew I had to read it, and once I started, there was no going back.Dark, disturbing, and so very clever. This novel really was impossible to put down.The book opens with a man approaching a woman in a bar. He slides his phone towards her, and she reads the message he has typed on it… “Hello. My name is Tobias”She is unsure why he is using his phone to speak to her, but his next message clears things up. “I am deaf”The woman is unsure whether or not she wants to engage with Tobias. She assumes he’s been turned down many times. He can sense her inner struggle.Will she stay?She has no idea just how important this decision is.The husband and his wife, Millicent have been married for fifteen years. They have two teenage children. He teaches tennis and she sells houses. They may not be rich but they are comfortable. The family runs like a well-oiled machine thanks to “Millicent’s Commandments”. They always eat dinner together, and they have regular family movie nights. They seem like a very happy and normal family.People will do many things to keep a marriage alive. The couple in this novel is no exception. But the ways they keep their marriage from getting boring? Well, those are VERY different.“My Lovely Wife” was a diabolical, unique, and thrilling read with a fantastic cast of characters. Told from the husband’s point of view, the story was engaging and twisted. Full of secrets, lies, and surprises. I was riveted and couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next, what the characters were doing to do next. “You didn’t think we were going to stop, did you?”This was an incredible debut novel. I am very excited to see what Samantha Downing comes up with next!I'd like to thank Berkley Publishing for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.
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  • Susanne Strong
    January 1, 1970
    4.75* Sinful Stars! (rounded up) A Brand of Crazy All its Own.Be afraid. Be very, very afraid! Next time your neighbor or someone else smiles at you, perhaps you should just look away. Catching their eye could be extremely dangerous. Me: Smiling wickedly as I read: “I love this, but it is vile! I really shouldn’t be liking this so much, I mean, it’s so not right, but I just can’t help my darn self!"Me: Laughing mischievously, “Oh my gosh, is this actually happening? I cannot believe she just did 4.75* Sinful Stars! (rounded up) A Brand of Crazy All its Own.Be afraid. Be very, very afraid! Next time your neighbor or someone else smiles at you, perhaps you should just look away. Catching their eye could be extremely dangerous. Me: Smiling wickedly as I read: “I love this, but it is vile! I really shouldn’t be liking this so much, I mean, it’s so not right, but I just can’t help my darn self!"Me: Laughing mischievously, “Oh my gosh, is this actually happening? I cannot believe she just did that!”So what’s the premise? A man and a woman meet, fall in love and marry. Together, they have the wildest and well, most terrifying of hobbies. It’s one I’d never imagine and frankly, hope remains fictional. For me, reading this was like eating a potato chip. I simply couldn’t get enough! The secrets are whoppers and the suspense is all consuming, gritty, grimy and was like nothing I’ve ever read before. “My Lovely Wife” by Samantha Downing is seriously unputdownable! You simply must get your hands on it, like right this second. Beg, borrow or steal if you have to, or maybe just ask nicely, whatever works. You will not regret it. My final thought is this: “My Lovely Wife” is freakish and demented and I loved every second of it. It is so crazy that it will make me give almost everyone I meet from now on the side-eye, including you! This was a buddy read with Kaceey. Most of the conversations I had above (smiling wickedly, etc.), happened in the context of texting with her. We went back and forth constantly, as we couldn’t believe our own eyes. It was totally awesome, thus I highly recommend this for a group read. Thanks so much as always Kaceey!A huge thank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing Group and to Samantha Downing for an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.Published on Goodreads, Twitter and Instagram on 9/26/18.*Will be published on Amazon on 3.26.19 upon release.
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  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    January 1, 1970
    Five Crazy Solid StarsI am not going to get into very much of this plot. I went into this book blindly and suggest you do the same. It was a big surprise. Millicent and her husband have two children and live in the suburb. They seem to be a normal family like everyone else in the neighborhood. They get very bored in their fifteen year old marriage, which is very dysfunctional. They want to thrill their marriage up and they are hiding very dark secrets to keep their marriage alive.This is one cra Five Crazy Solid StarsI am not going to get into very much of this plot. I went into this book blindly and suggest you do the same. It was a big surprise. Millicent and her husband have two children and live in the suburb. They seem to be a normal family like everyone else in the neighborhood. They get very bored in their fifteen year old marriage, which is very dysfunctional. They want to thrill their marriage up and they are hiding very dark secrets to keep their marriage alive.This is one crazy thriller. It will blow your mind. I am utterly in awe. I could not believe this was a debut novel. It lived up to all the hype for me. This has everything that I love in a thriller. I loved everything about this book. This was my first solid five star for the year. I loved everything about this book. it definitely will be one of my favorites for this year. I was immediately drawn into this story. I could not put this down. Before you open up this book make sure you have no plans for the day. Don't answer the telephone, and don't answer the door, because all you will want to do is to read this book. I am serious. At least that is how I thought. I did not want it to end. I raced through this book and read it in a day in a half. I loved the ending. Right when I thought I had figured this one out, a big twist comes along that wasn't expected at all and it left me speechless. It was a big surprise. This one kept me on the edge of my seat. It is not a predictable read and I thought it was mind blowing and AMAZING! This one is tied in first place in my favorite shelf for this year. Crazy good!I loved the character development and I thought it was very well written. I can't wait to read her next book.This was a Traveling Sister read and I think we all loved it. It was a great discussion. I want to thank Edelweiss, Berkley Books and Samantha Downing for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Available Now
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    There's no denying I'm one tough customer or a picky chick as I've so lovingly dubbed myself. Being the lone misfit who can't seem to get in line with a book everyone else is awarding high ratings is proof positive. At 110 pages in, I have no choice but to jump ship. The “shocking revelations” I’ve encountered thus far aren’t enough to overcome the husband’s bland delivery. Or more candidly, I'm bored. Maybe I’ll give Millicent’s husband another opportunity to amuse me with tales of his *lovely There's no denying I'm one tough customer or a picky chick as I've so lovingly dubbed myself. Being the lone misfit who can't seem to get in line with a book everyone else is awarding high ratings is proof positive. At 110 pages in, I have no choice but to jump ship. The “shocking revelations” I’ve encountered thus far aren’t enough to overcome the husband’s bland delivery. Or more candidly, I'm bored. Maybe I’ll give Millicent’s husband another opportunity to amuse me with tales of his *lovely wife* some other day. Let's be honest though, the chances of that happening are slim.*Thanks to Berkley for providing a review copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    My Lovely Wife is a 2019 Berkley publication. Sly, witty, and brilliant!! The tile, cover, and intriguing synopsis for this book made it sound too good to pass up- and it was!! The premise is mostly original, as a husband and wife and their two children enjoy ,what appears on the surface, to be a nice normal, healthy, family life. However, this married couple, instead of engaging in a little role play to spice up their marriage- indulge in a little murder on the side instead. The husband, who ne My Lovely Wife is a 2019 Berkley publication. Sly, witty, and brilliant!! The tile, cover, and intriguing synopsis for this book made it sound too good to pass up- and it was!! The premise is mostly original, as a husband and wife and their two children enjoy ,what appears on the surface, to be a nice normal, healthy, family life. However, this married couple, instead of engaging in a little role play to spice up their marriage- indulge in a little murder on the side instead. The husband, who never reveals his real name, tells this story from a first person perspective, giving us a play by play of events as they unfold, adding all his twisted inner thoughts about what has happened, what is probably happening, what he hopes will happen, and what he is afraid will happen- which is as fascinating as it is horrifying. I can’t believe this is a debut novel!! Smart, devious, well-constructed, and wildly entertaining!! I loved it! If you love psychological thrillers, you do not want to miss this one! Relish it and savor it and try not to feel too guilty if you find yourself laughing instead being justly outraged by our narrator and his lovely wife. This book was almost TOO fun! But, if you love dark humor, twisted and disturbing plots, with loads of surprises, I promise this one will deliver everything you ordered and then some!! 5 stars
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  • Kaceey
    January 1, 1970
    4.5⭐Be prepared to be shocked!😳If only I could give you a broader glimpse of what this book is about. Unfortunately, nearly everything I’d want to share would end up being a spoiler! So friends…less is more!Millicent and her husband are living the typical suburban life. Both work, while raising two children. And of course, trying to keep up with the Jones’. Nothing out of the ordinary, really.However, their “extracurricular activities” are, oh… a bit different than you and me (at least I hope so 4.5⭐️Be prepared to be shocked!😳If only I could give you a broader glimpse of what this book is about. Unfortunately, nearly everything I’d want to share would end up being a spoiler! So friends…less is more!Millicent and her husband are living the typical suburban life. Both work, while raising two children. And of course, trying to keep up with the Jones’. Nothing out of the ordinary, really.However, their “extracurricular activities” are, oh… a bit different than you and me (at least I hope so!) OK, that’s all I’m going to say...This book is so twisted, so dark and macabre. I was speechless throughout! Once you’re in, it’s absolutely unputdownable! (I love that word!) And just when you think you’ve reached your maximum shock value? Well, not so fast. Samantha Downing isn’t done rocking your world and keeps the surprises coming! Did I mention this is her debut? Seriously! Cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!Make sure to clear your calendar, pack some snacks and put everything else aside. Because you won’t be able to tear yourself away until you reach the final page! This is a must-read for all thriller fans for spring of 2019! You don’t want to miss this one! Highly recommend!A super fun, shockingly thrilling buddy read with Susanne!Thank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing Group for a galley copy to read and review.
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  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 starsMy Lovely Wife is a f*ed up psychological thriller about a husband and wife’s extremely interesting fetish! A couple married for 15 years takes up an unusual “hobby” to keep the spark alive. While their plan works to help their marriage, it can only work for so long before they are exposed. In order to keep having their secret “date nights,” they concoct an elaborate scheme resulting in a masterful game of cat and mouse. My Lovely Wife is an ADDICTIVE and TWISTED read that held m 4.25 starsMy Lovely Wife is a f*ed up psychological thriller about a husband and wife’s extremely interesting fetish! A couple married for 15 years takes up an unusual “hobby” to keep the spark alive. While their plan works to help their marriage, it can only work for so long before they are exposed. In order to keep having their secret “date nights,” they concoct an elaborate scheme resulting in a masterful game of cat and mouse. My Lovely Wife is an ADDICTIVE and TWISTED read that held my attention from the first page. I just loved the tone! The dark humor had me laughing and smiling at some really inappropriate moments. These are characters that a reader should hate, and while the wife is depicted as being cold, there is something just so sympathetic about the husband. He is quite the clever narrator! While predicted one twist early on, I had no clue has to how things were going to play out. Oh and that last sentence? Chilling!I have been reading a lot of mediocre thrillers lately and thought I was going to be taking a break from the genre, but Samantha Downing, with her bat sh*t crazy characters and crafty narrator, has restored my faith! I highly recommend to fans of psychological thrillers! I received an ARC of this book from Edelweiss and Penguin Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.
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  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 twisted, dark and thrillingly fun stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 - I absolutely LOVED Samantha Downing's My Lovely Wife ❤I am a Dexter fan - both the books and the television show so this book filled a definite void for me. Man meets woman. Man and woman fall in love, get married and have kids. Happily ever after becomes routine and a bit mundane. How do you liven things up and bring back the excitement and intensity of falling in love? Well you'll simply have to read the book to find out. I will tell you that 4.5 twisted, dark and thrillingly fun stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 - I absolutely LOVED Samantha Downing's My Lovely Wife ❤️I am a Dexter fan - both the books and the television show so this book filled a definite void for me. Man meets woman. Man and woman fall in love, get married and have kids. Happily ever after becomes routine and a bit mundane. How do you liven things up and bring back the excitement and intensity of falling in love? Well you'll simply have to read the book to find out. I will tell you that you are in for a treat with this couple's antics! Honestly, these two are sadistic and psychotic and yet I couldn't help falling under their spell and becoming enraptured with them. The crazier things got, the harder it became to put this book down. All I can say is that I'm a fan and I definitely look forward to what Downing will write next. A huge thank you yo Samantha Downing, Penguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss for an arc of this book to read and review.
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  • j e w e l s
    January 1, 1970
    FIVE STARS MY LOVELY WIFE, my lovely knife, my lovely nightmare come true….aaaahhhh! You guys know how much I love a literary serial killer, but this is the first time I’ve read about TWO killers married to each other. You know, as in wedded bliss. Perfect harmony. Until death do they part. Get ready to be shocked. You are about to enter cray-cray town.The lovely cover should be blasted with a lovely warning label: DO NOT START READING UNLESS YOU HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO FINISH TONIGHT. It is paralyz FIVE STARS MY LOVELY WIFE, my lovely knife, my lovely nightmare come true….aaaahhhh! You guys know how much I love a literary serial killer, but this is the first time I’ve read about TWO killers married to each other. You know, as in wedded bliss. Perfect harmony. Until death do they part. Get ready to be shocked. You are about to enter cray-cray town.The lovely cover should be blasted with a lovely warning label: DO NOT START READING UNLESS YOU HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO FINISH TONIGHT. It is paralyzingly addictive. Lightning fast to read, all short chapters and snappy dialogue. Your little fingers will be turning those pages so fast, you’ll need to watch out for paper cuts (just a tiny inside joke from the story!). What can I say about the plot? We have a “normal” husband (our narrator) with a normal suburban family in Florida-- paying bills and working like crazy to keep his kids in the latest Nike’s and playing the latest video games. Frequent arguments about money are had with a slightly controlling, yet, lovely wife that add to our narrator’s frustrations. They accidentally discover a new hobby together that brings a vibrancy to their humdrum existence. SPOILER ALERT: it's not knitting!I adore the first person, present tense style the story is presented in. And from a male character! A rare point of view in this genre. The tension is built like a house of cards and you never can predict what will happen next! The violence takes place off the page-definitely my preferred method- and the tone of the novel is tongue in cheek. I admire this author's skills!The book comes out on March 26, 2019. Very reminiscent of the acerbic Jane Doe and the salty In the Vines –take a moment to prepare your palate with these two fave thrillers while you wait for MY LOVELY WIFE to hit the shelves.Many thanks to the author for allowing me to read and review the early galley! All opinions are strictly my own.
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  • Felicia
    January 1, 1970
    *deep breathing to calm myself so I can write this review*Ok so when I got this book in the mail I literally jumped up and down while holding it to my chest....aaaaannnd I may have squealed just a little bit. My boyfriend thinks I'm a nutcase. Samantha Downing's debut novel is de-friggin-licious. Since the description for this story gives practically nothing away, I don't want to spoil the readers experience whatsoever with a detailed review. The prose is precise and to the point, never once get *deep breathing to calm myself so I can write this review*Ok so when I got this book in the mail I literally jumped up and down while holding it to my chest....aaaaannnd I may have squealed just a little bit. My boyfriend thinks I'm a nutcase. Samantha Downing's debut novel is de-friggin-licious. Since the description for this story gives practically nothing away, I don't want to spoil the readers experience whatsoever with a detailed review. The prose is precise and to the point, never once getting bogged down with useless information just to fill space. The characters are thoroughly developed and I quickly developed a love/hate relationship with them, though not nearly as deep as the one they have between themselves. Though this story is a slow burn, it remains tantalizing throughout, and when the flames are finally stoked it quickly turns into purgatory for all involved. Wow, this is such a fun, page turning read.Twists and turns abound.This would make a crazy, dark and fun TV show.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    I have a lot of things to say about this book, none of them good, pretty much all of it is a spoiler. I will say that I am literally the only person, out of all 20 (as of right now) GR friends who have read this, who did not like this book (4.56 average GR friend rating!). So consider that fact before deciding to spoil this entire book's plot by reading my ridiculously (and uncharacteristically) long spoiler below:(view spoiler)[Spoiler time! Seriously, this is going to be long!The storyWhere do I have a lot of things to say about this book, none of them good, pretty much all of it is a spoiler. I will say that I am literally the only person, out of all 20 (as of right now) GR friends who have read this, who did not like this book (4.56 average GR friend rating!). So consider that fact before deciding to spoil this entire book's plot by reading my ridiculously (and uncharacteristically) long spoiler below:(view spoiler)[Spoiler time! Seriously, this is going to be long!The storyWhere do I even begin?! Ok, first off this book is about a husband and wife who decide that murdering women is somehow a turn on and keeps their marriage fun and sexy. Which on it's own is enough to make me not want to recommend this book because that really skeeved me out despite the fact that there are no explicit sex scenes or murder scenes in this book.But how did this couple, who have two teenage children no less, get into this sick crime? There's a really long uninteresting backstory so in summary: basically Millicent (the 'lovely wife' from the book title) manages to get her husband 'TSFP' (which stands for That Stupid Fucking Psycho, because this book never gives him a name) to kill her sister Holly (which is also my name; RIP Holly, you didn't deserve all of that) in the name of defending Millicent. They cover up the sort of accidental murder because TSFP killed her with a tennis racket and she was unarmed and hadn't hurt anyone yet so he was totally going to get jail time for that. Next, some work friend of Holly's puts two and two together and tries to blackmail TSFP and Millicent into paying her to keep quiet. But instead Millicent kills her to 'protect' TSFP from going to jail. But now that they each have a murder under their belts, all of a sudden murdering seems really sexy. So that's when things go from weird to really stupid.TSFP and Millicent pick out a woman to kill, who happens to like to hike. They take the hiker's unconscious body out to the woods to murder/bury her but unfortunately their teenage daughter, who was at a sleepover, calls because she is sick and needs to be picked up. So TSFP goes to deal with that, leaving Millicent to do the dirty work. He apparently never asks any details about what Millicent ended up doing exactly with the murdering and burying. A year later they both decide to get their murder on again and TSFP goes out trolling for potential victims, disguising himself as a deaf man named Tobias. He sleeps with one woman, but decides she shouldn't be murdered and then after rejecting another potential murder victim, he finally settles on a woman for them to murder together. But before they go through with this new murder plan, the body of the hiker is discovered and makes the news because even though she had been missing for a year, she was only dead for a couple of days. TSFP confronts Millicent about why she has been keeping this woman alive and torturing her for a year without his knowledge and she reveals that it's part of her grand plan to pin the murder on a previous local serial killer who got away - Owen (I think, I listened to the audiobook and I can't be bothered to confirm that, so let's call him Owen either way). Owen apparently liked to keep victims for a year and then muder/dump them. So TSFP thinks that is a GREAT idea and then proceeds to help capture their new victim, leaving Millicent to do the holding/torturing/murdering to keep up with the 'Owen' blame game.Then there was a lot of meandering story later, that mostly involves TSFP being really worried about both his children for various reasons and maybe that was supposed to make us feel sympathetic towards him but I was just bored instead. So fast forwarding past that, TSFP discovers that Millicent is setting him up to take the whole blame for the hiker and their latest murder victim, plus some other women that he didn't even know Millicent had killed. Well that should just not happen and how can he leave his children to be raised by this murdering psycho?! (Insert WTF face here at this logic) So TSFP runs and hides but stays in town so he can try to find some way to 'prove' his quasi innocence or at the very least prove his wife's guilt. He fails to do anything and so as a last resort he goes home to look for some evidence and/or kill his wife. His wife is waiting for him like some cartoon super villain and conveniently implicates her role in the murders while their daughter was, unbeknownst to either of them, listening on. Daughter confronts Millicent. Son shows up. Both kids try to get Millicent to not kill TSFP and in the end daughter kills Millicent with a knife. Epilogue shows that the three of them move somewhere else and ends with TSFP flirting with another woman while again pretending to be someone else who is deaf. The End.Why this book is even more stupid than it already sounds- Why is TSFP ok with his children being raised by murderers when he was involved, but not when his murdering wife blames everything on him?- At one point TSFP is on the run from the police but reaches out to an old friend to try to break into a tablet he stole from Millicent, hoping he will have proof of her guilt on it. This friend is totally willing to accept that TSFP is innocent, even though there are sketches of 'Tobias' released to the public before the police knew TSFP = Tobias and that sketch looks like TSFP. Even when DNA evidence linking TSFP to the murder scene is discovered, the friend still does not turn him in. Yeah, ok. They weren't even that close of friends.- There was a whole stupid subplot about the daughter being mentally unwell due to her fear of 'Owen' coming to get her, some of which involved her getting stomach aches from presumably the stress. Also, TSFP finds a bottle of eye drops 'hidden' in the pantry but Millicent is allergic to them so it couldn't be for her so why are they in the house? While TSFP is in hiding, he concludes that Millicent is poisoning their daughter by adding the eye drops to her food to make her feel sick, for no clear reason that was ever given anywhere in this book. So when he goes back home, he confronts Millicent about the eye drop poisoning and she denies it but daughter overhears that part of the conversation and thinks that because, as TSFP points out, Millicent cooks all of the food OF COURSE HER MOTHER MUST NOW BE A MURDERER AND MUST BE KILLED. Like, what?!?! Why would she not just assume both of her parents are crazy and run away with her brother and let the police handle it?- TSFP is not convicted of any of the murders, because the DNA evidence was all decomposed at the same rate but how could that be when he was supposed to be murdering these women over a long period of time. That is the evidence that exonerates him, because somehow that means everyone assumes all the DNA must be planted? And no one wonders why the woman who he had sex with (and did not murder) identified him as Tobias and 'Tobias' was scrawled into the wall by a victim? He's just found innocent. YEAH OK. TOTALLY PLAUSIBLE. Oh and Millicent's death was self defense.- Small thing that really annoyed me for some reason: If a mass murderer (Millicent) is in turn killed in a house, would that house sell for a lot of money, enough for the family to move to another country, as indicated in the book? I think not.- Last but not least as a general problem: The characters in this book are SO FLAT. Millicent expresses no warmth towards anyone, not even TSFP or their children. The son is just a generic child who sometimes gets in the way. The daughter is overdramatically upset by the 'returned' serial killer and somehow her stomach aches of all things becomes a big part of the ending. TSFP's sort of best friend is an idiot like I mentioned before. The women who are victims or almost victims are all barely described and/or interacted with before leaving the story or dying. The lead detective is a caricature of 'hardass woman cop'. Literally none of these characters seemed like real people. Least of all TSFP because he spends SO MUCH TIME worrying about his children even though he spends no time thinking about the lives of his murder victims. He doesn't exactly come across as a real person, at least not a logical one. (hide spoiler)]Ok, rant over. I only gave this 2 stars instead of 1 because the writing was not horrific. Just the entire story pretty much was terrible in my opinion. BUT I AM PRETTY MUCH THE ONLY PERSON WHO FEELS THIS WAY so maybe my ability to enjoy this kind of book is just broken and I need to stay away from these kinds of thrillers for a while. That actually sounds like a good plan. I'm going to do that.
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  • marilyn
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to win My Lovely Wife in a Goodreads Giveaway. I knew the book was about a couple that murders and that the book had really good reviews but I didn't know much more. Recently I read the book with JuJu and Gail and what a fun way to read a book like this one. There are so many twists, turns, and shocks that I could not put this book down. Every chapter ended with me wanting to find out what happened next. There was just one shock after another and it was fun to get to share my I was lucky enough to win My Lovely Wife in a Goodreads Giveaway. I knew the book was about a couple that murders and that the book had really good reviews but I didn't know much more. Recently I read the book with JuJu and Gail and what a fun way to read a book like this one. There are so many twists, turns, and shocks that I could not put this book down. Every chapter ended with me wanting to find out what happened next. There was just one shock after another and it was fun to get to share my thoughts with my reading buddies. I will call the husband Fake Tobias, for reasons that you will understand when you read the book. FT's wife is Millicent, a very successful realtor and they have two teenagers, Rory and Jenna. FT teaches tennis lessons to his rich neighbors and seems to think he has to work to impress his wife since he's not sure how he married such an accomplished, beautiful woman. His life is filled with the everyday things of work, taking the kids to school and sports events, dinner with the family every night, washing the car, tending to the home, all the normal things a normal family man will do. But FT and Millicent have a big secret, something illegal that gives them both a big thrill and they want to keep on doing this thing, despite the risks and the wrongness of what they are doingI can't believe how much I enjoyed this dark and disturbing book and it mostly had to do with the narration and thoughts of FT. Millicent is so easy to hate and FT is a horrible person but there is something semi likable about FT, too. He loves his wife and kids and has compassion for those who have suffered sadness in their lives...think about that one...when he and his wife cause such tremendous sadness for their victims and their families. The two people cause so much damage and it's when the damage reaches their family that at least FT seems to have second thoughts. Author Samantha Downing did a fantastic job of keeping up the suspense and mystery in this story. It's such a guilty pleasure, enjoying this book from the wrong side of murder. Thank you to Berkley Books, Samantha Downing, and Goodreads Giveaway for making this book available to me.
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  • Crumb
    January 1, 1970
    There are three things you should know about Millicent.1. She fills a room with her charisma and beauty2. She's a perfectionistand3. She's a psychoThis book surprised me in the best way. I couldn't put it down. I was actually having a conversation with a friend the other day, and I remember saying "if you aren't gasping at every turn and you keep taking breaks, than why are you reading it?" I may hold my books to a fairly high standard, but why shouldn't I? There are way too many stories out the There are three things you should know about Millicent.1. She fills a room with her charisma and beauty2. She's a perfectionistand3. She's a psychoThis book surprised me in the best way. I couldn't put it down. I was actually having a conversation with a friend the other day, and I remember saying "if you aren't gasping at every turn and you keep taking breaks, than why are you reading it?" I may hold my books to a fairly high standard, but why shouldn't I? There are way too many stories out there for me not to be picky. This one, certainly did not disappoint. And in the world where there are far too many psychological thrillers marketing themselves as the next "Gone Girl" or the next "Girl on the Train" for me, it's important to shine and make your mark on the world.I feel as if this novel didn't follow the standard formula, in which someone dies, and we spend the remainder of the book figuring out the why and whom of it all, yadda yadda yadda. No, in this story, we are introduced to the villains early on. I really enjoyed how the author created an eerie atmosphere from the first page and the tension was carried on through out. I would highly recommend My Lovely Wife. It was face-paced and an epic joy ride!
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  • Dita
    January 1, 1970
    Um. What in the actual...?This book is a generous slice of crazy and I loved it. Our unnamed protagonist and his Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs wife shake off suburban boredom by murdering local women. It gets crazier from there. Ridiculously good, "unputdownable" thriller; go read this book!
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  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars! Thrilling, edgy and addictive!I am in shock that this was a debut novel! Wow – Samatha Downing – I am very impressed! This is a truly unforgettable story that will stay with me long after I have written this review. This book lived up to and, for me, surpassed the hype surrounding it. I won’t give any plot details as I think it’s best to go in blind. The narration was skillfully executed. The flow and pace were smooth, precise and consistent – kept me on my toes from start to finish. Th 5 stars! Thrilling, edgy and addictive!I am in shock that this was a debut novel! Wow – Samatha Downing – I am very impressed! This is a truly unforgettable story that will stay with me long after I have written this review. This book lived up to and, for me, surpassed the hype surrounding it. I won’t give any plot details as I think it’s best to go in blind. The narration was skillfully executed. The flow and pace were smooth, precise and consistent – kept me on my toes from start to finish. The characters were distinct and exceptional. The plot was brilliantly unique and scandalous. What more can I say? Get your hands on a copy of this book ASAP!This was a Traveling Sister read that we ALL LOVED! The discussion was intense and urgent as we tried to figure out what was unfolding as we read together. A great novel for group reads! Thank you to Edelweiss and Berkley for providing me with an ARC to read and review!Expected publication date: March 26, 2019.
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  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    Definitely a different kind of marriage... Millicent and her husband are anything, but your normal couple. Their secrets are out of the normal realm (truly dark secrets). They may look like the perfect couple, but in this case, looks are deceiving, very deceiving! They have been married for years and have two children. The family dynamics are off the charts with Millicent at the forefront running things her way. More like her way or the highway! You could call her a  "controlling" wife. She se Definitely a different kind of marriage... Millicent and her husband are anything, but your normal couple. Their secrets are out of the normal realm (truly dark secrets). They may look like the perfect couple, but in this case, looks are deceiving, very deceiving! They have been married for years and have two children. The family dynamics are off the charts with Millicent at the forefront running things her way. More like her way or the highway! You could call her a  "controlling" wife. She seemed very animated to me.Full of twists, devious outings, and a few cringe worthy "date nights".Recommend to fans of twisty, domestic thrillers with a darker edge.
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  • Theresa Alan
    January 1, 1970
    WOW! 5 big stars exclamation point. I went into this book without knowing anything about it. Right away I was intrigued. By the end of chapter one I was super intrigued. And I didn’t have to read all that much more before I started wondering what was wrong with me that I found this book, which I should have found way more deeply disturbing than I did, very readable and fast-paced. Seriously, I had to speed-read the ending because this is such a thrill-fest.This story is demented and unbelievably WOW! 5 big stars exclamation point. I went into this book without knowing anything about it. Right away I was intrigued. By the end of chapter one I was super intrigued. And I didn’t have to read all that much more before I started wondering what was wrong with me that I found this book, which I should have found way more deeply disturbing than I did, very readable and fast-paced. Seriously, I had to speed-read the ending because this is such a thrill-fest.This story is demented and unbelievably good! Thanks so much to NetGalley and Berkley Books for the opportunity to review this novel, WHICH RELEASES MARCH 26, 2019.For more reviews, please visit http://www.theresaalan.net/blog
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    Pure evil beneath the facade of suburban comfort. I was encouraged by my GR friend Susanne to read this and despite my weariness with thrillers, I will admit that this works. If thrillers are you thing....go for it.
  • Joey R.
    January 1, 1970
    2.0 Stars—- I don’t think I have ever read a book this demented and warped nor do I ever want to read one like it again. This book’s basic premise is so ridiculous it ruins a well written book that could have been enjoyable. The author makes the mistake of making the two main characters ( including the narrator) so diabolical that the reader is left with no one to root for. Millicent and her unnamed husband are the typical family with two kids, two jobs and the normal problems you might expect f 2.0 Stars—- I don’t think I have ever read a book this demented and warped nor do I ever want to read one like it again. This book’s basic premise is so ridiculous it ruins a well written book that could have been enjoyable. The author makes the mistake of making the two main characters ( including the narrator) so diabolical that the reader is left with no one to root for. Millicent and her unnamed husband are the typical family with two kids, two jobs and the normal problems you might expect for a family with two teenagers. The only difference between them and other parents in the neighborhood is that they have gotten in the habit of murdering innocent women. If you can accept and enjoy this foundation for the main characters — this is your book. If not, don’t waste your time. The rest of the book is like a bad offspring of “Gone Girl” (but not as entertaining when there is no one to root for). On the plus side, the writing is very good and I finished it due to the author’s ability to keep the story moving. But I was glad when I finished it and felt like I needed a shower.
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    WOW WOW WOW this book was CRAZY WILD!!!Samantha Downing has constructed a highly addictive, deeply disturbing debut. This book was simply brilliant! Truly the next level of crazy! Mind blowing and mesmerizing, I could not put this book down! Such an absorbing read that will completely suck you in from that very first page! Oh how can a book that is so very wrong be so very right!?!?This is the “love story” of a couple who has been married for 15 years... in order to spice things up in the relat WOW WOW WOW this book was CRAZY WILD!!!Samantha Downing has constructed a highly addictive, deeply disturbing debut. This book was simply brilliant! Truly the next level of crazy! Mind blowing and mesmerizing, I could not put this book down! Such an absorbing read that will completely suck you in from that very first page! Oh how can a book that is so very wrong be so very right!?!?This is the “love story” of a couple who has been married for 15 years... in order to spice things up in the relationship they plan the unthinkable. The couple appears to be completely normal on the outside. They are hard-working people who are active in their community. They have two lovely children who they shuffle around to soccer Games and golf tournaments. BUT this couple has date nights like no other! Not going to say any more than that about the plot, this is a book Best gone into with little knowledge.I seriously savored every second of the story. This book is told from the husband‘s point of view, I found him a sympathetic character. I am really not sure what that says about me? I had to remind myself of some of his actions throughout this book, but still I have to admit I liked the guy. Wifey on the other hand was a cold hearted b*tch. The two of them together were A match made in cray cray land. Just writing this review is making me jealous of all of you that still have this crazy ride ahead of you! This book is going straight to my favorites shelf, I cannot imagine it will not make my top of 2019 list! Simply stellar! Absolutely 100% recommend!*** many thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    I'm flat in the middle of the road on this one. With the tagline of Dexter meets Mr. & Mrs. Smith, I knew what I was getting into and it sounded right up my alley. The problem is- I've been in this alley before. I'm quite familiar with the alley and for that reason this book failed to really "wow" or "shock" me. Just hearing about "H" I thought " I bet it's the other way around..." then we meet "H" and well.... I also had my theory on how this book would end - obviously not all the details, I'm flat in the middle of the road on this one. With the tagline of Dexter meets Mr. & Mrs. Smith, I knew what I was getting into and it sounded right up my alley. The problem is- I've been in this alley before. I'm quite familiar with the alley and for that reason this book failed to really "wow" or "shock" me. Just hearing about "H" I thought " I bet it's the other way around..." then we meet "H" and well.... I also had my theory on how this book would end - obviously not all the details, but with the Mr. and Mrs. Smith mention, it wasn't hard to foresee...plus somewhere in the back of my head I heard the tagline from Highlander in my head "There can be only one" Don't get me wrong, this one got my attention right away, and I did enjoy it, I plowed through it fast, it just failed to wow me as much as it did other readers. It's enjoyable, it's a fast reader, it's fun, but will I remember it in months to come - vaguely. I will remember it as the writer's homage to a great television show (until that final episode - come on) and a so-so movie with Pretty people playing with guns.Wickedly fun, deceptively enjoyable, but didn't live up to the hype for me.btw- I kept picturing Millicent as Marcia Cross from Desperate Housewives while reading this. Thank you to the publisher and edelweiss who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions in this book are my own.
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  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    January 1, 1970
    It's my favorite time of year! The time of year when the weather finally stops being hot as balls and all the creepy stuff is all over. You don't even get judged for being a fangirl of the monsters under the bed! But most of the books I've read have been mostly not my normal October read fest. *sad face*So I needed something...…. And this one delivers!!!It's told from the husband's point of view. How he met the lovely lady and they fell deeply in the lurrvvee. Then they realize that they share a It's my favorite time of year! The time of year when the weather finally stops being hot as balls and all the creepy stuff is all over. You don't even get judged for being a fangirl of the monsters under the bed! But most of the books I've read have been mostly not my normal October read fest. *sad face*So I needed something...…. And this one delivers!!!It's told from the husband's point of view. How he met the lovely lady and they fell deeply in the lurrvvee. Then they realize that they share a 'special' hobby.Yes, Please!So if Dexter getting all married and stuff might be your cup of tea..just go grab up this one. I wasn't even disappointed with the twist. Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review.
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  • KAS
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsCompletely and Captivatingly Cray-Cray!!To what lengths would you go to impress the one you love? Would you do the unthinkable just because you are so infatuated? Would you do it over and over again just for the thrill of it?Good golly, I enjoyed this thriller. It isn’t the scary type compelling you to sleep with the lights on, or has you jumping at every little sound. No, this one gets inside your thought process begging you to workout scenarios in your head as to how all the lunacy wi 4.5 starsCompletely and Captivatingly Cray-Cray!!To what lengths would you go to impress the one you love? Would you do the unthinkable just because you are so infatuated? Would you do it over and over again just for the thrill of it?Good golly, I enjoyed this thriller. It isn’t the scary type compelling you to sleep with the lights on, or has you jumping at every little sound. No, this one gets inside your thought process begging you to workout scenarios in your head as to how all the lunacy will end.Told singularly in the husband’s POV, this author has my true respect for her bizarre sense of humor!!Even though this was a methodical, slow paced storyline, I was never bored and continually kept my ears glued to my reader needing to get answers!! I enjoyed the juicy nuggets of twists and turns along the way; enjoyed the brilliant surprises.This was a fantastic audiobook. The narrator’s voice, was so cool, calm and collective with an undertone of seductiveness. His voice was also unnerving, which I am sure was by design ;)
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  • Vani
    January 1, 1970
    Well this is messy and gross and delightful.This entire thing is from the point of view of the husband in this married couple serial killer duo, and I love it. His pov is perfect. His voice is perfect. (Though I will say the audiobook narration left something to be desired for me. His female voices were mildly absurd.)I flew through this. I was invested from the first chapter and my interest never waned. There are slower moments, sure, but overall this is tense and yucky and disturbingly awesome Well this is messy and gross and delightful.This entire thing is from the point of view of the husband in this married couple serial killer duo, and I love it. His pov is perfect. His voice is perfect. (Though I will say the audiobook narration left something to be desired for me. His female voices were mildly absurd.)I flew through this. I was invested from the first chapter and my interest never waned. There are slower moments, sure, but overall this is tense and yucky and disturbingly awesome. I like being in an antagonist's head, and I especially like that this is almost a book without a protagonist? I guess maybe their children... but mostly it's these two awful people and their relationship and their secrets, and I love that their secret is murder in upper-middle class suburbia. I have to admit, I found myself liking the husband and empathizing with him and had to be like woah girl wait. It's super impressive for a writer to make the reader like a monster, and I am very impressed that this is a debut. I'm stoked to see what else Samantha Downing comes up with.There's a really good twist or two; really cool surprises I don't see in every thriller novel. I'm glad to have come across this one.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I have seen a lot of positive reviews coming in for My Lovely Wife and I'm hear to tell you that the hype is real! This book is so much fun!!! What happens when two people fall in love, get married, have children, and then decide to spice up their life with a rather unusual extra-curricular activity? The body count rises. That's what happens. This is a twisty little book so I'm not going to discuss the plot but I will say *THAT ENDING*, whoa! That ending was everything I was hoping for. Samantha I have seen a lot of positive reviews coming in for My Lovely Wife and I'm hear to tell you that the hype is real! This book is so much fun!!! What happens when two people fall in love, get married, have children, and then decide to spice up their life with a rather unusual extra-curricular activity? The body count rises. That's what happens. This is a twisty little book so I'm not going to discuss the plot but I will say *THAT ENDING*, whoa! That ending was everything I was hoping for. Samantha Downing nailed it. 4 Killer stars! Thank you to Edelweiss and Berkeley Books for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Meredith B. (readingwithmere)
    January 1, 1970
    5 PSYCHO stars! I pretend I don't hear her, go straight to the door and shut it behind me, then continue until I am out of her building, down the block, and around the corner. It is only then that I stop and wonder how she figured it out. I must have slipped. I cannot believe this is a debut! This was an insane ride. All you thriller loves, jump up and get this book because it's definitely one of the best this year.Millicent and her husband (very clever of the author to never reveal his name) ha 5 PSYCHO stars! I pretend I don't hear her, go straight to the door and shut it behind me, then continue until I am out of her building, down the block, and around the corner. It is only then that I stop and wonder how she figured it out. I must have slipped. I cannot believe this is a debut! This was an insane ride. All you thriller loves, jump up and get this book because it's definitely one of the best this year.Millicent and her husband (very clever of the author to never reveal his name) have been married for 15 years. He gives tennis lessons at a high end country club and she is a real estate agent. They have two kids and are living the good life. But what is the real secret to a happy marriage for them? Some couples cook together, some work out together and others have much stranger and use their "date nights" as meeting time to plan out their next mission...Millicent and her husband are great at crafting plans and are lucky to never get caught and keep things under wraps. One day something goes wrong and things start to unravel. Everyone has to move quickly and try to figure out what went wrong. What happens when the person you trust most does the unimaginable? Let's just say....trust. no. one. and I mean NO ONEWOW! I loved this book so much. When I first started to read it I was into it but I was thinking this is going to be similar to all the other thrillers i've read. However, i was pleasantly surprised and I could not put this book down in the last 200 pages. These characters are PSYCHO. Not exaggerating, they are so messed up and I can't believe there are people among our neighbors and friends who are like this! Kind of makes me wonder what my family and friends do in their spare time. Let's hope not anything Millicent and her husband did.There was nothing I did not like about this book. I really cannot believe this was Samantha Downing's debut novel! Her writing is superb and it made me feel like I was watching the family while they were living every day life. That's when you know a book is good! Highly recommend for any thriller lovers. I will be reading Downing's next book for sure!Thank you to Berkley for sending my an ARC of this book!
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  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    Happy Pub Day to Samantha Downing! This was a goodie!!!Thrilling, mind-blowing & highly compulsive!Oh my goodness this book definitely deserves my favourite wowza saying and I am absolutely thrilled to say that this is probably one of the best thrillers that I have recently read.Holy Shooty Balls that was some awesome and impressive book!MY LOVELY WIFE by SAMANTHA DOWNING is an engrossing, suspenseful, dark, twisted, and disturbing psychological thriller that was such an irresistible, fun an Happy Pub Day to Samantha Downing! This was a goodie!!!Thrilling, mind-blowing & highly compulsive!Oh my goodness this book definitely deserves my favourite wowza saying and I am absolutely thrilled to say that this is probably one of the best thrillers that I have recently read.Holy Shooty Balls that was some awesome and impressive book!MY LOVELY WIFE by SAMANTHA DOWNING is an engrossing, suspenseful, dark, twisted, and disturbing psychological thriller that was such an irresistible, fun and thrilling book to read. I was immediately sucked in and devoured every single page of this wickedly entertaining book. It was absolutely impossible to put down. Once I started reading this book I was hooked and so absorbed in this storyline that it wasn’t an easy task to pull me away. SAMANTHA DOWNING delivers quite the impressive debut here that was such a clever, intriguing, tension-filled and well-written read. This was a highly anticipated read for me and one that I absolutely loved!! I am so excited to say that this book quickly went it into my favourite reads shelf.Expected Publication Date: March 26, 2019* Traveling Sisters read * Norma’s Stats:Cover: I absolutely love everything about this cover and it definitely enticed me to want to read this book. My initial excitement over this cover definitely followed through and I might of even squealed a little in the end. Title: Appealing, suspenseful, intriguing and absolutely love how the title plays so simply and brilliantly into storyline. Writing/Prose: Well-written, engaging, enthralling, fluid, efficient and an impressive debut. Plot: Clever, fascinating, dark, twisted, intense, suspenseful, riveting, fast-paced, absorbing, enjoyable and entertaining. A fabulous storyline!!!! Ending: Loved it and was totally satisfied! Overall: This was an all around fantastic read and I thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience!!! Would definitely recommend!Thank you so much to Elisha at Berkley Publishing and Samantha Downing for providing me with a physical ARC to read and review. It was an absolute pleasure reading this novel!!Review can also be found on our blog:https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com/
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  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    January 1, 1970
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/EDIT: FLOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAT FOR THIS BABY'S BERFDAY. MITCHELL GAVE THIS STABBY GOOD TIME TWO TUSKS UP! “Did I marry a psychopath?” Stop me if you’ve heard this one . . . . Yeah, you didn’t stop me because you haven’t read anything like this before. The story here is of Millicent and her husband. She’s a real estate agent, he’s the local tennis pro. They live in a coveted neighborhood with their two teenaged children, Rory and Jenna. Oh Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/EDIT: FLOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAT FOR THIS BABY'S BERFDAY. MITCHELL GAVE THIS STABBY GOOD TIME TWO TUSKS UP! “Did I marry a psychopath?” Stop me if you’ve heard this one . . . . Yeah, you didn’t stop me because you haven’t read anything like this before. The story here is of Millicent and her husband. She’s a real estate agent, he’s the local tennis pro. They live in a coveted neighborhood with their two teenaged children, Rory and Jenna. Oh, and . . . . . Everything in their lives has been going swimmingly until the body of one of their victims is discovered. And then????? “Here we go.” Obviously I can’t give away much more without ruining everything, but you know how I complain a lot about too many twists and turns and not wanting the kitchen sink thrown in to my thrillers? This truly is an exception to the rule. The fact that it is completely over the top and errrrrrrrythang that happens happens is exactly what makes it so fun. All the Starzzzzzzz (and sorry y’all have to wait until March for it to come out.)Advanced copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. They obviously know who the crazies are.
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  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    We read My Lovely Wife with two of our reading groups and this one left us all cheering with excitement after finishing this one. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did. If you haven't read it it's one we highly recommend not to miss out on as it is just that fantastic. It's a top pick for us Traveling Sisters! It entertained us, disturbed us, made us uncomfortable and had us questioning our own dark and twisted loving minds! Married with children serial killer, a game of cat and mouse, ri We read My Lovely Wife with two of our reading groups and this one left us all cheering with excitement after finishing this one. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did. If you haven't read it it's one we highly recommend not to miss out on as it is just that fantastic. It's a top pick for us Traveling Sisters! It entertained us, disturbed us, made us uncomfortable and had us questioning our own dark and twisted loving minds! Married with children serial killer, a game of cat and mouse, rich in twists and an ending that will leave you wanting to talk about it. My Lovely Wife grabbed my attention right from the start and I raced through it as fast as I could. I wasn't alone here! It was a fast page turner for us that kept a few of us up reading late into the night with the best book hangovers ever. It was one of the fastest group reads with one of the longest discussions we have had! Now that ending left us speechless but not for long. We had a lot to talk about with that ending. We all highly recommend!Thank you so much to Elisha at Berkley Publishing and Samantha Downing for our copies to read and review!For more thoughts from members of the Traveling Sisters can be found herehttps://twosisterslostinacoulee.com/2...
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