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.
They are that picture-perfect husband and wife in everybody’s neighbourhood. They’ve got a lovely house, two great kids and socialise with all the right people. Only, there is more to them than that. You could say they have a little taste for danger and bloodlust; breaking numerous laws. My Lovely Wife definitely delivers a palpitating story of a Mr and Mrs Smith like couple, that dabbles with a little Dexter.
This was an insanely good read. I loved everything about it, especially the characters. Millicent and her husband were like Mr and Mrs Smith but on crazy stalker murderous steroids. The story is narrated by the husband, and through him we learn about his wife, his kids, his job etc. He and his wife were portrayed as typical tolerable characters, literally, like some neighbours on everyone’s street. That’s what made this read even more intriguing. I really enjoyed the marriage dynamic between the couple; how he was the more submissive of the two, and tended to let her get away with murder (as the expression goes… *clears throat*)
I loved how amused I was (at times) whilst reading this. When the average husband and wife’s marriage ends up dwindling because of time or whatever, they usually decide to spice up their marriage, by say, couples’ classes like salsa lessons, trying out S&M stuff, creative role play. They don’t decide to become serial killers for a jolt of excitement to their marriage! As twisted as this was, I was totally hooked. I had to know what inspired this, and where it was going.
The plot was clever and well executed, as I was completely invested in seeing where the story went, and how it would ultimately end. There was a danger of a slowing pace towards the climax of the story, where I felt there was too much focus on the kids. Although this was easily compensated for due to how enjoyable the overall story was. There’s a handful of twists, and I’d probably say most of them are predictable. Where this would usually disappoint me, it was actually exciting, because despite guessing what’s happened, it was enthralling to read it unfold, and see if the next bit of the plot could be predicted. And where it couldn’t, it was really entertaining.
Overall, I read this over 2 days and I’m rating it 5 stars. This is a debut novel, and other than a little, tiny dip in the books thrilling pace, the story was a fantastic read. Give a debut author (and their book) the credit it deserves. A round of applause. This has definitely been one of my favourite mystery/mystery thrillers in a while, and will undoubtedly be in my top reads of 2019. I thoroughly loved it, and recommend it without hesitation. I will be buying a hardback copy 🙂
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
Published 2nd May 2019
Genre: mystery, suspense, mystery thriller, thriller
*Thank you kindly to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an e-copy, in exchange for this honest review.