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My Lovely Wife

Written by: Samantha Downing
Narrated by: David Pittu
Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
4 out of 5 stars (199 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Instant number-one international best seller

USA Today best seller Edgar + ITW Thriller Award nominee for Best First Novel

“Think: Dexter but sexier.” (theSkimm)

“A dark and irresistible debut.” (People)

“Will shock even the savviest suspense readers.” (Real Simple)

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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Omggggg!!!! what a story!

never considered myself a thriller fan but this book changed that!! I was hooked from the audio preview which was only the first page. just finished it and the ending was suburb! I highly recommend.

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Fun Read

The book reads easy on the way to work or when you're doing chores. I liked how the perspective is from the murderer and it's interesting how the main character gets into the "passion" of killing in the first place. I have two complaints though: I was disappointed with how much it mimicked Gone Girl and the writing came off as stiff because the author doesn't contract words like "I am" "They are" "it is" etc. The over-pronunciation made it feel like a children's book at times.

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Predictable

Story was extremely predictable. Character voices were a bit annoying/whiny at times. Entertaining enough to finish but not enthralling at all. I wouldn’t recommend.

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Lackluster and predictable

Totally far-fetched and not that interesting -- I loved the Dexter series and this wasn't even close to being on the same level. A waste of 10 hours. The narrator is great though.

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Creepy!

Loved the narrator. The book was a bit slow in parts and the ending seemed a bit rushed but overall good.

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A little cheesy in parts

I am a huge true crime fan, but this was just a bit too unrealistic for me. It had a good plot, but it just wasn’t quite there.

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Just OK

did struggle to finish. story premise a bit too much of a stretch for me

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enjoyable

I quite enjoyed this book. Some of the events were a bit predictable but the ending wasn't and was really well done.

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A Rare Thriller

it is not often you hear a story from the man's point of view. I think it is one of the aspects that lends its appeal to the story. It is also is one of the rare times I did not see the end coming until I realized the train was about to derail but had no choice but to just sit and watch it happen. The most diaturbing thing is it all sounds realistic enough, it makes you question if you ever really know someone.

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Difficult to get through

Very slow pace. Will be ~ 8.5hrs of build up for a quick climax and resolution that is too convenient to be remotely plausible. Even though a husband and wife get off by murdering others, their family dynamic is quite dull. This book would be best suited for teenagers as the level of detail and real world dynamics are not there. One really has to ignore huge plot holes to make this enjoyable. If you like the detail and suspense of Tom Clancy or Jack Carr, this book is not for you.

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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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  • Karenique
  • 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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  • 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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  • hari senthil gurusamy
  • 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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  • 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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  • cristina
  • 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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  • Mike Thompson
  • 2019-04-16

What the?????

Don’t read this book if you want to sleep tonight. It will get you hooked and you will be up all night until the last word leaves you wanting more.
I usually don’t like dark story lines, but this one is ADDICTING! So many twists and turns you’ll never see coming!

Absolutely AMAZING

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  • Jeeves
  • 2019-04-04

Lovely Wife >>> Gone Girl

Finally! A book worthy of the genre "thriller/suspense." Ever since Gone Girl was published, I feel like every author thinks they need a "shocking twist" and an unreliable narrator, instead of relying on good characters and a good story. This book delivers on both. The characters were believable and easy to relate to, dialogue was accurate, and the story felt complete. While there were a few twists and turns, it felt natural to the characters and the story. I would definitely recommend!

Note: I usually speed up narration to 1.50, with this narrator I had to speed up to 1.75.

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  • Wendi
  • 2019-05-14

Now For Something Entirely Twisted In Darkness..

Whoa.. Samantha Downing has a very sick and twisted mind. I'd really love to have a few drinks with her and ask her a few questions. How does she come up with the sociopath characters in 'My Lovely Wife?'

A seemingly happy couple with two beautiful children live in an upscale suburb. They do their best to 'keep up with the Jones' and everything seems completely normal on the outside. When a serial killer resurfaces, parents and children start to panic, and the young daughter from this family is no different.

The thing she doesn't know is that the serial killers are much, much closer than she'll ever know.

How do the minds of sociopaths work? Read this book and see.. and be prepared to be blown away at least once a chapter while sitting on the end of your seat during the whole book.

Sounds like the author may make a sequel- would love to read it!

5 Big Stars

-Wendi

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