My Lovely Wife- Samantha Downing

This book reminds me of the TV show Dexter mixed with a slightly less graphic Karin Slaughter novel, but still very uniquely styled and written in its own way.

The book follows a couple, living in suburbia, as they plot to kill someone… for fun. So fun fact- and also small annoyance- the book takes place in a central Florida, which is where I grew up. Although I loved the mention of the sun rail and other Central Florida details, some of the geographic places and timelines didn’t match up with real life. Like if you lived an hour from the Orlando airport, you couldn’t easily find a swampland in that general area good enough to hide a body… but I guess the author doesn’t mention how far away they drove to get to the swamp- but there just aren’t big enough swamplands in the general central Florida area. Oh well. It’s fine.

The book uses the husband to narrate the story and paint a picture of their fairly normal life at home. The twists and turns build through flashbacks told in alternating chapters. I really liked the book and felt like the author nailed the story with just enough gore/murder without getting overly graphic. I also thought the storyline was unique although I did see the twist coming. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book just based on the fact that I don’t think there’s anything else out there like it right now.

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