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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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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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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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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!

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

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Disappointing.

Full of dislikeable characters. I didn't care about any of them therefore didn't invest in their story or their plight.
The last 2 hours picked up momentum. The 'twist' was predictable.

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Loved it

Loved it keeps you thinking from the beginning to the very last sentence 100%best book ever

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good story easy listening but predictable

easy to listen to, not complex and can guess but enjoyed it anyway. good for a first murder mystery book or serial killer story, not too graphic

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Utter drivel

This is the only book ever that I have been unable to finish and I read two books a week on average
Don’t even open the front page

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  • 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.