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Blog Tour stop for the paperback release of “My Lovely Wife” by Samantha Downing

“My Lovely Wife” paperback release 3/3/20

Welcome to the Mom Loves Reading blog and one of the blog tour stops for the paperback publication of Samantha Downing’s 2019 debut novel, “My Lovely Wife”!

I received an advance readers copy of “My Lovely Wife” from Berkley Publishing last year, I read it right away, it just sounded so positively intriguing & exciting! (and I LOVE me a well-written thriller!!)

My arc copy matched that of the hardback with a white, ominous cover featuring the wife holding a knife with her reflection in it, and if you look closely you will see the husband in the knife’s reflection as well. To be honest, I originally didn’t see the husband’s reflection.

Here is my original Instagram post photo (featuring the white cover like the hardback) from when I reviewed the book last year:

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USA Today bestseller 
Edgar nominee for Best First Novel

“Think: Dexter but sexier.”—theSkimm
“A dark and irresistible debut.”—People
“Will shock even the savviest suspense readers.”—Real Simple

 meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting…

Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.

We look like a normal couple. We’re your neighbors, the parents of your kid’s friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with.

We all have our secrets to keeping a marriage alive.

Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.


I absolutely LOVED this book! It has some twists that I never saw coming, it is compulsively readable, suspenseful, creepy & all without being graphic or gory. I love a well-executed psychological thriller that let’s you use your own imagination without having to go into overly descriptive, graphic detail. Sometimes the less that the author tells us, the better…the creepier. I like the old saying “show them, don’t tell them”. I also LOVE this new black cover which suits the darkness of this eerie tale.

Samantha Downing & I follow each other on Instagram, and just this past week she made an exciting announcement:

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How freaking AMAZING is that?!?! I can’t wait for it! “My Lovely Wife” will make an outstanding movie & as I read it I kept thinking that exact thought! lol

To add this to your Goodreads list, click HERE.

To find it at an independent book store, use BookStoreLink by clicking HERE.

Here is some praise for “My Lovely Wife” (courtesy of Penguin Random House):


#1 Library Reads, IndieNext, and Amazon Best of the Month in Thriller!

“A dark and irresistible debut.”—People

“The thriller we’re most excited to stay up with all night.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Side effects of reading this include sleepless nights, and awkward looks from strangers on the subway due to your horrified expression.”—Cosmopolitan
“Will shock even the savviest suspense readers.”—Real Simple
“A new twist on the genre.”—Refinery29“If you read one book this year, make it My Lovely Wife.”—Betches

“Wow! My Lovely Wife is a stunner—full of twists, well-drawn characters, and riveting suspense.”—Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author 

“Clever. Manipulative. Dark. Disturbing. What more can you ask for?”—Jane Corry, national bestselling 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, New York Times bestselling 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, USA Today bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish

“[A] wicked, delicious tale of secrets, relationships, and the lengths to which some will go to keep the magic alive.”—CrimeReads“[A] dark, disturbing exploration of family, marriage and murderous compulsions”The Washington Post

“You might want to read this one during the daytime.”Woman’s Day

“Mark our words: My Lovely Wife will be one of the most shocking and suspenseful thrillers you’ll read all year.”—Hello Giggles

“A knockout…an effortless page turner.”—Publishers Weekly

“It’s a remarkable achievement, full stop.”—Shelf Awareness

“Do you hear me screaming and/or the sound of my hefty exhale? This novel is a JOURNEY. I was invested from the very first unsettling page.”—Elite Daily

Truly horrifying in the most delicious way. Samantha Downing sucks you in with a great story, pitch-perfect prose and disturbingly dead-on insights into the dark side of human nature.  I hope I never meet her in a dark alley…”—Nick Petrie, national bestselling author of The Drifter

“A fantastic foray into what we know—and what we do not—about those closest to us. Intricately plotted, fascinating characters—I loved it!”—Heather Graham, New York Times bestselling author of Fade to Black

Dark, twisted–and impossible to put down. Samantha Downing has written a wickedly plotted and suspenseful psychological thriller.”—Meg Gardiner, Edgar award-winning author

“I loved this this brilliantly dark and twisted novel. One of the best books I’ve read this year! I have a sneaky feeling this is going to be big!”—C.J. Tudor, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man

“Totally engrossing and I kept on thinking, one more chapter…an intelligent page-turner that makes you question everything.”—Araminta Hall, author of Our Kind of Cruelty

“It’s no mean feat to find something fresh in the crowded thriller field, but Downing pulls off an indisputable triumph with My Lovely Wife.  Exemplary writing and outstanding pacing confirm Downing’s talent, but it’s her deliciously depraved characters that kept me flying through the pages. Couldn’t get enough of this subversive love-gone-sideways tale!”—Sophie Littlefield, national bestselling author of That’s What Frenemies Are For

“Brilliant—I was enthralled by the premise and it totally delivered. Five star entertainment!”—Jill Mansell, New York Times bestselling author of Fast Friends


Thank you Berkley Publishing for inviting me on this Blog Tour! Stay tuned for another blog tour soon for Downing’s April 28th new release, “He Started It” which is going to be AMAZING!! Click HERE to add it to your Goodreads TBR now! And be sure to subscribe to this blog (click button on right on a pc or scroll to bottom on a device) so you can be one of the first to know when I have an upcoming giveaway coming, and I have a lot of them!

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