Every marriage has secrets. Everyone has flaws. Your wife isn't perfect - you know that - but then again nor are you.
But now a serial killer is on the loose in your small town, preying on young women. Fear is driving your well-behaved young daughter off the rails, and you find yourself in bed late at night, looking at the woman who lies asleep beside you.
Because you thought you knew the worst about her. The truth is you know nothing at all.
This is a thriller like nothing you've read before . . .
Samantha Downing was born in the Bay Area, and currently lives in New Orleans, where she is furiously typing away on her next suspense thriller. My Lovely Wife is her first novel.
Best new books to read this March Cosmopolitan Deliciously dark and twisted... It's a remarkable achievement, full stop. Shelf Awareness It's no mean feat to find something fresh in the crowded thriller field, but Downing pulls off an indisputable triumph with My Lovely Wife. Exemplary writing and outstanding pacing confirm Downing's talent, but it's her deliciously depraved characters that kept me flying through the pages. Couldn't get enough of this subversive love-gone-sideways tale! -- Sophie Littlefield I couldn't pull myself away from this story - a terrifying and riveting window into the mind of the perfect suburban mother with a taste for murder. Make sure you clear your schedule before you pick it up. Absolutely unputdownable -- Liv Constantine One of my favourite thrillers of the year - I couldn't stop reading but didn't want it to end. Dark, chilling and compelling ... My Lovely Wife is a brilliant debut -- TM Logan, bestselling author of Lies A fantastic foray into what we know-and what we do not-about those closest to us. Intricately plotted, fascinating characters - I loved it! -- Heather Graham Truly horrifying in the most delicious way. Samantha Downing sucks you in with a great story, pitch-perfect prose and disturbingly dead-on insights into the dark side of human nature. I hope I never meet her in a dark alley.... -- Nick Petrie My Lovely Wife is dark, twisted-and impossible to put down. Samantha Downing has written a wickedly plotted and suspenseful psychological thriller -- Meg Gardiner Totally engrossing and I kept on thinking, one more chapter... an intelligent page-turner that makes you question everything -- Araminta Hall An assured and deliciously engrossing debut. You'll surely devour My Lovely Wife, but it will linger long after you've reached the last page -- Sarah Pinborough A dark and irresistible debut People Wow! My Lovely Wife is a stunner - full of twists, well-drawn characters, and riveting suspense -- Harlan Coben We're calling it now: Samantha Downing's creepy, sexy debut thriller is going to be the next Gone Girl. Marie Claire My Lovely Wife is a knockout. It's an effortless page-turner Publishers Weekly The twist at the end of the first chapter made me read through the night. Clever. Manipulative. Dark. Disturbing. What more can you ask for? -- Jane Corry Brilliant - I was enthralled by the premise and it totally delivered. Five star entertainment! -- Jill Mansell Dexter meets Gone Girl - I loved this this brilliantly dark and twisted novel. One of the best books I've read this year! -- C.J. Tudor, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man We're calling it: My Lovely Wife is the most gripping psychological thriller of 2019... this book will keep you reading late into the night Stylist
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