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My Lovely Wife

Narrated by: David Pittu
Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of My Lovely Wife, by Samantha Downing

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.

©2019 Samantha Downing (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic reviews

"The twist at the end of the first chapter made me read through the night. Clever. Manipulative. Dark. Disturbing. What more can you ask for?" (Jane Corry, best-selling author of My Husband's Wife)

"An assured and deliciously engrossing debut. You'll surely devour My Lovely Wife, but it will linger long after you've reached the last page." (Sarah Pinborough, Sunday Times best-selling author of Behind Her Eyes)

"You'll never look at your neighbors the same. I couldn't pull myself away from this story... Make sure you clear your schedule before you pick it up. Absolutely unputdownable." (Liv Constantine, best-selling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish)

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The sickest book I’ve ever listened to.

It went from bad to worse. I have listened to hundreds of psychological thrillers and this one is by far the most twisted. A couple that gets their pleasure from finding and killing women...a new low. I don’t know why I kept listening. I guess it’s like watching a car wreck. Please don’t bother buying this; it’s twisted and sadistic.

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Gripping

It's a love story, it's a murder-mystery, it's beautifully written and utterly (horribly!) believable. I loved it!

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Great narration - ridiculous story

I didn't realise that I was still listening to this drivel because the narrator's voice is so great and his reading style so professional. Shame he was narrating such nonsense.

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Ridiculous....

I had to listen to the whole book just to see if at any point it would become plausible. In my library of over 80 audiobooks, this is without a doubt the worst. Totally stupid plot, awful narration, so unbelievably that I laughed out loud at times!!!

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Awful - what a dislikeable couple

Plot line full of holes and main character unbelievably dense! The American setting was also annoying.

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better than expected!<br />

Didnt see the twist coming! I wasn't keen with the narrator voicing all the characters

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Mediocre

It was well narrated but so strange A murderous wife who tortures her female victims and the husband who stalks his prey bizarre story It was well narrated just not very good story

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A good story overall.

I thought as a whole it was quite solid, but left down by itself.

A small issue was time. Not the length of time the book is or anything, but in world time. I have no idea how far apart anything was, or when it happened in relation to the other, etc. I know of the time in context, i.e. " last week, a few weeks ago" etc, but it just seems like everything bled together and I wasn't sure how far from we had come from the first page, to, three quarters of the way through. Maybe that's on me though!

Small nitpick for me though was the whole News situation. I just kept thinking " news isn't presented like that, they don't interview like that", etc. Everytime those parts came up I was wishing they would be over.

Finally, that third act though. Jesus. That was all over the place and rushed! That ending threw me through a loop and has left me questioning the true character of the protagonist and the whole third act of the story! Poor form there.

I liked the main protagonist though. He was well fleshed out I thought and I understand him as a character ( or thought I did until the ending....). You get a sense of his moral compass, his insecurities, his loves, his failures. He was great!

The first act was good. A solid foundation for the story and the second act was a good continuation and built well the first act (even if it did go a touch longer than it should have done).


Also, a note about the narrator, David Pittu. He was good and I was never brought out of the story at any point, nor did I think anything about him while listening. A fine choice.

As I say though, overall I thought it was a solid story let down by a poor third act.

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very interesting and deffinatly recommend

The book is well written and keeps you going along. I sort of guessed the ending but it was great.

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Good listen a lot like Gone Girl

Good suspense, not really aware of the ending. Does build and didn't dissapoint me at all

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  • M. D. Bain Mottley
  • 06-07-19

Omg what a thriller! Unbelievably twisted!

This book is highly disturbing and a very good read. I was extremely uncomfortable with the subject matter as it didn’t sit well with my spirit but yet was too good to put down, I had to see what happened. Milicent is unlike any other character I’ve ever read, hard to believe this is a debut novel. Has a bit inevitably of a Gone Girl feel and would make a brilliant and riveting cross over to film. Can’t say anymore in my review without giving away spoilers. A fab summer read if you have the stomach for it.