My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Holy wow. That escalated quickly. Looking for something sick, twisted, and marvelously, magnificently messed up? You know who you are. The people who have to listen to audiobooks with their headphones on or car windows rolled up for fear that somebody will overhear and silently judge you for your listening choices. This one is for you.
So look. I generally never read a synopsis for a book before I decide to read it. I tend to go in completely blind with no information other than the cover, the author, and the publisher. So I am often surprised by the content in the books I read. This one was no exception.
My Lovely Wife is about a husband and wife who get off on murdering young girls together. Yep, you heard me right. They stalk their prey, selecting the perfect targets for their sick and twisted murder plots, and then they strike. But when Wifey Dearest starts to go a little rogue, Hubby finds himself questioning her actions, leading to a crazy, twisty ending that you won’t see coming.
I flew through this audiobook in no time. In the vein of Caroline Kepnes’s You and Hunting Annabelle by Wendy Heard, My Lovely Wife gives the reader insight into the mind of a psychopath (or two). I was hooked from beginning to end and was impressed with Samantha Downing’s ability to transform a psychopath into a character with whom the reader wants to empathize.
All of my psychological thriller fans out there, we all know that this genre has gotten incredibly competitive. It is challenging to find a book that delivers something new and fresh, while still managing to surprise me, and I think this book came through on all fronts. I would highly recommend… but only if you’re able to tolerate the utterly disturbing.