My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

39796904.jpgOur 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.
– Goodreads

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve read a thriller — and let me tell you, I forgot how hard they are to put down! This one was creepy and I felt uncomfortable reading it.

The story is told from the POV of an unnamed man married to a woman named Millicent. Unlike “normal” couples, they murder young women to keep their marriage zesty. Both display a number of unnerving behaviors, such as stalking, infidelity, and, oh, murder.

Millicent’s character comes off as a complete psychopath, which is due to some great character building. From her straight edged red hair to the rigorous schedule she keeps in the home, Millicent’s picture is painted well.

Unnamed man is a little more complex, which makes sense as we’re seeing the world through his eyes — he has some of a conscience, which almost makes him…likeable? I didn’t want to like a murderer, but it was a bizarre way of making him seem more normal than some cold-blooded killer.

The story is fast-paced. My only complaint? I thought it was very predictable. There weren’t any crazy twists or surprises that shocked me, and while I enjoyed this read, I was actually kind of disappointed when I finished it. Without giving up any spoilers, the last 25% of the book had a lot of holes and didn’t make sense to me.

If you’re into thrillers and want something creepy, pick this one up. 3/5 on Goodreads.

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