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text 2020-03-30 11:13
Reading progress update: DNF on page 50
My Lovely Wife - Samantha Downing

He pulls something out of his pocket and sets it down in front of me. 

The shiny blue glass makes my jaw drop. One of Petra´s earrings.

"Jenna doesn´t have pierced ears," he says. "And Mom would never wear something this tacky."

He is right. Millicent wears diamond stud earrings. Real diamonds, not glass.

"Not much to say now, I guess," Rory says.

Two for two. I have nothing to say.

"Don´t worry. Jenna doesn´t know about your side chick." The smirk is back. "Yet."

It takes a second for me to realize my son is trying to blackmail me. With evidence.

I am impressed, because he is so clever, and petrified, because the last thing I want is for my children, especially my daughter, to grow up with an asshole cheat for a father. This is the kind of thing experts say to avoid. They say it will affect her relationship with men for ever. I have seen daytime TV.


The unnamed first person narrator is hooking up with women, so that he can pass them on to his wife, who is killing these women ... because she is a serial killer. I think the whole cheating thing is the least of his problems. 

And I´m not surprised that the kids already are damaged goods, with these bad shit crazy parents. 


*Sigh* This is dumb and above all, incredibly boring. And I don´t think that I can get anything worthwile out of this book. Add to this that the first person present tense writing is driving me crazy in this one.


DNF on page 50.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2020-02-17 06:33
Review: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
My Lovely Wife - Samantha Downing

This book left me with a rather large challenge on whether I enjoyed it or not. For the first 300 or so pages, I was enthralled with this book. I loved it. I found the narrating character a bit bland but there was enough of other stuff going on that it didn’t bother me. However, the ending soured me on the rest of the book. It was an awful ending. Period. There was nothing redeeming about the conclusion of this book and it made the rest of the experience feel like a waste of time. So ultimately I can say that I liked it, but I can’t recommend it.


That was the short version that is free of spoilers. From here on out, consider yourself warned because this is a SPOILER ZONE:


Like I mentioned the husband was a bit bland, we’ll call him Tobias for the sake of the review but that isn’t actually his name. He’s a really big idiot. Similar to the level of idiot the husband in Gone Girl is. He should have known these things. He’s assisting his wife in kidnapping and murdering women, then he hears about all about her stories of her abusive sister, he finds out she kept one of the women alive for a year torturing her, she suggests making their crimes similar to a known serial killer, she just so happens to visit somewhere that she has no reason to be and then a witness comes forward to put doubt in the police’s mind about who is committing the crimes. Yet, through all of these things, he doesn’t realize for a moment that his wife is setting him up. I knew it. Every other reader knew it. The only person who didn’t was Tobias. Because he’s an idiot. Like his wife told him, “You always focus on the wrong things.” She was right.


I also don’t know how a guy like Tobias gets involved in something like this to begin with. I was promised Dexter meets Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Tobias was neither. He could barely stomach to hear a retelling of the murder on television, let alone actually commit one that wasn’t a complete accident. He can barely handle stalking a woman without having a panic attack. A psycho he is not. A killer he is not. An idiot, he definitely is.


Throughout most of this book I was really excited to find out what happened. I knew that Tobias was being set up, but I loved theorizing about how deep the deception went. Why was she setting him up? Was she involved with the prior serial killer too? Was she trying to frame him for not just these murders but those ones too? Her sister wasn’t really the abusive psycho one right? All these questions. All these theories. And yet, the ending didn’t surprise me or satisfy me. Every single one of those theories I thought up is exactly what happened. I don’t pretend to be any sort of genius. I don’t find myself particularly more intelligent than the average reader. But how exactly did none of this manage to surprise me and yet surprises others? I really don’t understand it.


Then, in the end, Tobias just walks away with his kids. The police listen to his whole story and think “well, he says he’s innocent and since the DNA at the crime scene is weird then I guess he is really completely innocent”. No, he wasn’t. While he might not have murdered any of the women that the police knew about, he did stalk and abduct several of them. At the very least he was an accessory to his wife’s murders. But it’s all wrapped up and he just walks away in about two pages. It was crap. Then we end with him using the same Tobias ruse on a woman that he used in the murder scheme with his wife. Why? Am I supposed to believe that this timid, beta male has decided to keep killing? He wasn’t the type before, why would be be now? It made no sense.


So while the writing was delightful, Millicent was spectacular, the resolution and narrator were just awful.

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review 2020-02-07 03:31
Oh I Hated Reading This
My Lovely Wife - Samantha Downing

My Lovely Wife I hated the book, and yet couldn't put it down. The characters were all hideous, the perfect family unit. A husband and wife, two children, a san and daughter living in a suburban dream. The story kind of slow in the beginning, well everything was ordinary real life daily stuff for a while. Things didn’t stay normal very long, things got weirder and weirder as these characters developed their tastes. I thought I knew, I did, till the end then I suffered whiplash. Holy Shiitake what a story.  I hated them all !Thank you to the publishers for honoring me with a copy of this book for an honest review

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text 2020-01-06 21:57
Reading progress update: I've read 19%.
My Lovely Wife - Samantha Downing

First DNF of 2020. Far too creepy and not in a good way. It virtually made my skin crawl.

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review 2019-06-14 13:55
My Lovely Wife - Samantha Downing

Two and a half star rating.
Normal, everyday family? Don’t you believe it after the things this lot get up to! What could have been an exceptional story was ruined by so many mundane descriptions, so in some respects was more of a kitchen sink drama than a thriller. The start was ok, the last part was too, but the middle was where it got stuck in a rut. Needless to say hardly anyone was nice, no one to cheer for. The cover was very enticing and would grab anyone’s attention. So just like the old curate’s egg, this book was good in parts!

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