Well here’s my first book review for the 20 Books of Summer challenge and I couldn’t have chosen a better book to kick things off with. Thanks to both Eva and Janel as their reviews helped to push this book to the top of my reading list!
First things first though let’s take a look at the description for the book…
ABOUT THE BOOK
Introducing the next generation of domestic thriller…
Every marriage has secrets. Everyone has flaws. Your wife isn’t perfect – you know that – but then again nor are you.
But now a serial killer is on the loose in your small town, preying on young women. Fear is driving your well-behaved young daughter off the rails, and you find yourself in bed late at night, looking at the woman who lies asleep beside you.
Because you thought you knew the worst about her. The truth is you know nothing at all.
This is a thriller like nothing you’ve read before…
First of all let me say that if you think you’ve read all the stories about dysfunctional families well My Lovely Wife takes it to another level. If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know that I love a flawed character and well this book is packed full of them! My Lovely Wife puts the spotlight on a marriage and on one family in particular along with showing the fear as a serial killer is on the loose. I always find a book even more engaging when a family looks pretty perfect to an outsider but then as you scratch away at the surface there is so much more just waiting for you to uncover.
Samantha Downing has very cleverly crafted a story that made me feel like a fly on the wall along with creating a tense and creepy undercurrent. This unease and dark gritty edge runs throughout as more secrets and revelations are carefully and unexpectedly unravelled. This is a dark story and I hated having to put it down mainly because of the way I was kept on my toes wondering what would happen next. This book took me on quite a ride with twists perfectly placed to create even more tension!
I guess I’m trying to be as vague as I can regarding the plot even though I could probably talk about every little detail. Of course I won’t because let’s be honest finding those things out for yourself is what it’s all about. However I will finish by saying that My Lovely Wife is clever, twisted and full of surprises!