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Guilty Pleasures: “My Lovely Wife” by Samantha Downing

Enjoying this book felt like a guilty pleasure but the truth is that it got my attention. I finished it in 3 days.

Disclaimer: I’ve received an advanced reader copy via NetGalley, this doesn’t influence my opinion or review. Thank you to the author and the publisher for providing me with a reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

Personal Experience:


“Wrapped up inside this piece of paper was a lock of hair (…) DNA testing is going on as we speak.

It bothered me that it has been mentioned before that the hair has been cut, not pulled from the root. So how did they manage to get the DNA?

Who should read it? Those who enjoy fast-paced thrillers.

Would I recommend it? I don’t know. I had fun reading it but I still think there are many things wrong with the plot.

It’s difficult for me to rate books like these. On one hand, I enjoyed reading it, and I think that’s all it should matter. You should have fun reading books, and they shouldn’t bore you to death. Well, “My Lovely Wife” didn’t fail to entertain. In fact, I’ve read the whole book in less than 3 days! Did I have fun? Yes! Does it mean that it’s a good book though?

Not necessarily.

But let’s start with what I thought was good about this book:

  • The beginning. You don’t have much time to make an impression. The first paragraph was thought-provoking and straightforward. That was the hook.
  • The writing and the first-person narrative. I’ve enjoyed the way the book was written and even when I didn’t feel I could connect or root for any of the characters, the fact I was “into the mind” of one of them definitely made everything much more entertaining.
  • The fast pace. The silliest things would happen. But that’s the cool thing: There was always something happening. It wasn’t boring, it was fast and thrilling.

And now the bad:

  • Some weird things happened. And not all of them made sense, though they were plot convenient. The hair / DNA threw me off a bit but I might have missed something?
  • You can probably guess this by the synopsis, but the characters weren’t likable at all. And I don’t mean only the main characters. Pretty much everyone was a bit messed up in this book. So what happens when you can’t root for anyone? It just gets difficult to connect, care about them, or feel anything through the narrative. Even the reactions of their children were farfetched. But then again, this isn’t a book that is supposed to focus on character development.

Overall, call me crazy but I thought this was a pretty fun book. Of course, you can’t take it too seriously, but I secretly suspect that this was the idea of the author.

My Lovely Wife
by Samantha Downing
Publication date: March 2019
Genre: Thriller, Mystery

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 samantha downing

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