21 comments on “My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing | Book Review

  1. I definitely like a good thriller now and then, but I was a bit hesitant about the possible melodrama of this one. I’m certainly on board with it not being a whodunnit, as I’m tired of pointless twists when an unlikely person turns out to be the murderer!

    • Yes, I feel the same way! It was so refreshing to know the dynamic we’re dealing with right from the off, and simply watch how things play out. There are twists, but more to add complexity to the situation, rather than pointless shocks that the reader could never possibly predict.

      A little suspension of disbelief is advisable, given the extremity of the setup, but I found I was able to submit myself to it pretty easily. I hope you enjoy it if you decide to give it a go! 😊

  2. Ooh, I’ve been wanting to read this one! I like the idea of it being more about morality than mystery. It sounds so different from typical thrillers, which is really appealing to me lately. Great review!

    • It definitely felt like a unique take on the genre, and perhaps that’s part of why I ended up getting on with it so well. I hope you enjoy it when you get around to it! 😊

  3. There is something going on this summer. Maybe it’s the oppressive heat, but everyone’s reading stories about murderers, both real and imagined, right now! You guys should start a hash tag — #summerstab, or something!

    • And I’m just about to start The Girls by Emma Cline, which is about a teenage girl who gets drawn into a cult during a summer heatwave… You may be on to something! 😂

  4. I keep hearing amazing things about this, I don’t know why I haven’t added it to my TBR yet (maybe because I’m turned off by books with ‘Wife’ in the title?) BUT I am certainly doing so now!

    • Ugh, yes. The thriller market is so oversaturated with ‘Girl’ and ‘Wife’ titles that they do tend to blend into one massive eye roll. This one wasn’t necessarily stellar Literature™️, but I thought it executed its unique concept in a very readable and interesting way.

  5. Great review! I had so much fun reading this book and I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! I must admit I had to admonish myself a lot of times for rooting for him and remind myself he’s not actually a good guy. I love it when books do that.

  6. I had to add this back to my library hold list because I read a review that made me curious. I guess one thing about the book is what you mentioned, you see the characters outside of their crimes, taking care of their kids, the author makes them relatable to the readers perhaps?

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