"A chilling debut thriller that will haunt you..."
Reviewed by Patricia (Pat) Pascale
Posted March 17, 2019
Millicent and her husband (whose name we never learn), met on a
plane, got to know each other, share all their deepest secrets, and
eventually get married. They now have two teen children, Rory and
Jenna, and live in an affluent subdivision in Hidden Oaks, Florida, where
the husband teaches tennis at a club. Millicent sells high-end real
estate and is very successful. She is a perfectionist and meticulous
planner. Her husband adores her and will do anything to make her
happy. They have date nights in the garage when the children are
asleep. Romantic? Not really, but that's where they keep the spark alive
in their 15-year marriage... Instead of learning a new language or
ballroom dancing, they plot murders for thrills...
Their household is controlled by Millicent and she has set rules that
must be obeyed by everyone: dinner together every night, no cell
phones at the table, a movie night voted on by the family, and
homework must always be completed without any exceptions Cell
phones are not allowed at the table. These rules must be followed, with
no questions asked.
Rory was encouraged to play tennis like his dad but opted for golf. He
is a good golfer and does well in tournaments. Jenna loves soccer and
is a winner too. Millicent doesn't play team sports and prefers running
alone. On the surface, you would think this is a happy, contented
MY LOVELY WIFE is the debut for
author Samantha Downing and she hit it out of the park. It was
unputdownable and days after I finished I am still thinking about this
chilling story about the dark side of human beings. Millicent is on my
list of horrible characters to hate and now sits at first place. She is evil
and will stop at nothing to get what she wants and if you stand in her
way, it is at your peril.
It is difficult for me to write this review without giving the plot away and
ruining an exciting and terrifying read. If you enjoy a different
psychological thriller that promise you chills and nightmares, MY LOVELY WIFE is a must read. I re-
read parts of the plot, especially the last few lines. WOW. Ms. Downing,
I am watching and waiting for your next one. Bravo, what a great start
for you! I want more.
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.
What do you think about this review?
1 comment posted.
Re: A chilling debut thriller that will haunt you...
Took me an evening to finish this one. Out of all the
stories I told my mom, she remembers this one the best...
(Svetlana Libenson 10:29pm March 17)
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