My Lovely Wife

My Lovely WifeMy Lovely Wife
By Samantha Downing
Source Purchased
Published by Berkley Books on March 26, 2019

three-stars

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.

I was really interested in this book because I’ve been reading a lot of dark, twisty domestic mystery/thrillers the last few months. This one sounded darker than the others, and I saw some really good reviews from other readers and bloggers who have similar taste in books.

I wanted to love this! I really did! But the characters were not as clever as they seemed to think they were, and hopefully it isn’t a spoiler for me to say that I saw every “twist” coming, which was disappointing.

And as much as I tried, I couldn’t buy into murder being this couple’s “thing”. I don’t know if it’s because not enough details were provided to convince me that this was a thing the couple enjoyed doing together, so it felt like a lot of telling and not showing, or if it was because I thought the narrator was such a doofus that I couldn’t focus on much else, but I think not being able to accept that premise was a big hurdle for my enjoyment of this book.

This was a quick read though, because I really did want to see how it ended. But the big climactic scene seemed to be over way too quickly for me, and the wrap up felt so rushed.

Like I said, I’ve seen a lot of glowing reviews about this one, and the premise really did grab my attention and appeal to me because it was so dark and twisted. But something about the way the story played out just didn’t grab me and I was annoyed at every character pretty much the whole way through the book.

three-stars

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