Wednesday, March 4, 2020

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

I’m delighted to tell you about a fascinating story that I wanted to share with you yesterday when it became available in reprint as a paperback, but my internet delayed me until today.

MY LOVELY WIFE (Berkley Trade Paperback Reprint; March 3, 2020), Samantha Downing’s smash debut about a husband and wife duo who kill together, is now available in paperback. This delightfully twisted domestic-suspense thriller launched last year to the praise of readers across the country and established Downing as a writer to watch—and for very good reason.

After watching a documentary about a husband who forced his wife to help him kidnap a young woman and keep her captive for years, Samantha had a terrifying but intriguing thought: Women never do this to other women… but what if they did?

Enter Millicent, a real estate agent living with her husband and two children in a gilded suburb of Central Florida. When Millicent and her husband commit their first murder, it’s accidental. But they are surprised to discover how the shared secret injects new life into their relationship.

The second time a woman goes missing, it isn’t an accident. But even though they think they have this crime perfectly planned, it’s the deadly secrets they’re keeping from each other that may just be their undoing.

The new paperback is available with a dark new cover. Here’s a brief synopsis from Amazon:

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 our secrets to keeping a marriage alive.
Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.

Author Samantha Downing
About the Author:
Samantha Downing currently lives in New Orleans, where she is furiously typing away on her next thrilling standalone. My Lovely Wife is her first novel.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope if you haven’t already checked out this intriguing thriller you will now. Have you ever thought “women don’t do this to women” in the same manner Samantha did?


  1. Oooh. Dark and intriguing. It made me think of a movie my then boyfriend took me to see many years ago titled Psychos in Love.
    Sadly I think that evil feeds evil. The opposite if fortunately also true.

  2. Oh, what an intriguing concept for a story, Mason! And the fact that it's inspired by real events makes it even more interesting. It sounds quite suspenseful, too - thanks for sharing.

  3. I remember when that book first came out. Such a creepy idea.

  4. Wow. Intense. Thanks for sharing here, Mason.

  5. Such a twisted and unique idea for a book.

  6. I agree with Diane. Twisted indeed!


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