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Publisher's Summary

Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose 15-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 our secrets to keeping a marriage alive. Ours just happens to be getting away with murder. 

©2019 Samantha Downing (P)2019 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

Number one Library Reads Pick! 

"The thriller we’re most excited to stay up with all night." (Entertainment Weekly

"If you read one book this year, make it My Lovely Wife." (Betches

“Wow! My Lovely Wife is a stunner - full of twists, well-drawn characters, and riveting suspense.” (Harlan Coben, number-one New York Times best-selling author)   

“Clever. Manipulative. Dark. Disturbing. What more can you ask for?” (Jane Corry, national best-selling author of My Husband’s Wife

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  • hari senthil gurusamy
  • new york city
  • 2019-03-26

Dark and twisted!

Can’t stop listening. MLW is addictive and twisted! If you are someone with weak heart I would recommend something softer!

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  • EasyBreezySunflower
  • 2019-03-28

Great narrator! Crazy story!

I enjoyed David Pittu’s reading of the story. I had been looking forward to the release of this book having only read favorable reviews on goodreads by a few ARC- readers.
Although I predicted some of the elements of the story, it was still very interesting to see how it played out. Sort of like a dark comedy. Not too serious. Also no graphic descriptions of violence, sex, or swearing.

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  • Jenn
  • 2019-03-29

WOW. Exactly like the publisher’s summary

Wow this book was excellent. The publisher summary is spot on — it is accurately a combination of Dexter and Mr. & Mrs. Smith but also and importantly, with a family. It is superbly written, very well thought out, no details left unaddressed, just the right amount of hints strategically placed to allow the audience to put pieces together. The twist really comes out of nowhere but not cheaply at the very end like many books, it comes out at the perfect instance with enough time for it to play out and unravel logically and thoughtfully and significantly, for you to adjust to the idea and reframe your perspective. Bravo, highly recommended.

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  • Sarah
  • 2019-04-05

pretty confused about the reviews

In the reviews, this book was compared to Dexter and Mr and Mrs Smith! The thing that made those stories great was the way you felt about the lead characters! You knew they weren't good, but you wanted them to get their happy ending! I hated ALL the characters in this book. The kids were awful, the adults were awful, the story was just so-so, but I had no desire to see the husband OR the wife get away with their MANY crimes. Yuck.

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  • Cheri1007
  • 2019-04-25

Good book

This book kept me intrigued - even after I figured out where it was going. It lacked a touch of something that I can’t put my finger on. I’d still recommend it and I’ll likely go back and read the reviews again to see if someone was able to verbalize what I can’t seem to do myself. I’m leaning towards thinking it was my lack of investment in any character. I wasn’t bummed about anyone dying at all, which is unusual.

As far as the narrator, I thought he was great. I can’t listen to someone who you can hear open their mouth. This guy was articulate and clear without mouth noises. I know some people can relate to what I mean here.

Overall good book, I’d recommend it, just don’t expect to be BLOWN away. Easy read and you wanna know what happens with the characters, even if you’ve already figured it out and aren’t in love with anyone in the book. That’s really a compliment too!

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  • Freddi
  • FL, US
  • 2019-03-28

Absolutely brilliant!

Loved it! Great narration and great story. I loved how the couple's story was woven into the current day narrative, everything flowed very well and the novel is thr perfect amount of noir.

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  • BethT
  • Lexington, MA
  • 2019-05-06

Nothing to like

I don't understand why this has gotten such good reviews. I had to quit listening after about 1/3 of the book. There was just absolutely nothing to like about it, and it was just pissing me off. The narrator sounded wooden, and his voices for all the characters sounded completely horrible; not like any real person. His voice is great, but his performance is terrible. He's like a good looking actor that can't actually act. The story was full of nothing but unlikable people. The writing wasn't terrible, but if you can't find anyone to like, but only people to hate, and it frustrates you, why listen? Thank goodness for one of the reviews here with spoilers so I could find out what happened (just about what I expected; very predictable) without having to waste another several hours.

I love a good crime drama, but there has to be *some* likable or relatable character to keep you engaged. This story had no one; there is not a single likable character in it (or at least not for the first 1/3 that I listened to).

Skip it IMO.

P.S. I loved Dexter, and the comparison in the description of this book is totally unjustified. This is crap compared to Dexter.

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  • Karen Ross
  • Chicago
  • 2019-05-02

I don't understand all the great reviews ...

... but that might be me. Narrator David Pittu should NEVER EVER narrate women’s voices; his female narratives were laughable. Though the storyline is outrageous and far-fetched, there was quite a surprising twisty turn toward the end that shocked me. But then the very last sentence of the book was too much to even comprehend (really?). I had just finished Trisha Wolfe’s wonderfully dark and wicked “Darkly, Madly.” Thinking this book may be similar, I bought it for a treasured credit. Pass this one unless it is on special. You may like it. Others seem to.

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  • Max Artkamp
  • 2019-04-23

Just ok

First off, I liked the the narrator, however when he did the women’s voices it was awful. Would have been nicer to have a male and female narrator.

The ending is disappointing. It just ends so quickly, would have been nice if there was more to it.

Was interesting to have a book when it’s the murders point of view though. Wasn’t my cup of tea but I still finished the whole book. Was good but got boring at times.

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  • cristina
  • Somerville, MA, United States
  • 2019-04-01

Unputdownable

It is not Gone Girl. Few books are. But it is riveting. A totally satisfying read that comes together perfectly. Can’t wait for Samantha Downing’s next novel. (An excellent performance by Mr Pittu.)

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