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My Lovely Wife
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My Lovely Wife
INSTANT #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
USA Today bestseller
Edgar + ITW Thriller Award 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

Dexter
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.
INSTANT #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
USA Today bestseller
Edgar + ITW Thriller Award 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

Dexter
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.
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  • From the book MY LOVELY WIFE by Samantha Downing
    ***This excerpt is from an advance, uncorrected proof***



    One

    She is looking at me. Her blue eyes are glassy, they flicker down to her drink and back up. I look at my own drink and can feel her watching, wondering if I'm as interested as she is. I glance over and smile to show her I am. She smiles back. Most of her lipstick is gone, now a reddish smear on the rim of her glass. I walk over and take the seat next to her.

    She fluffs her hair. It is unremarkable in both color and length. Her lips move, she says hello, and her eyes are brighter. They look backlit.

    Physically, I appeal to her the same way I would appeal to most women in this bar. I am thirty-nine, in excellent shape with a full head of hair and a deep set of dimples, and my suit fits better than any glove. That's why she looked at me, why she smiled, why she is happy I have come over to join her. I am the man she has in mind.

    I slide my phone across the bar toward her. It displays a message.

    Hello. My name is Tobias.

    She reads it and crinkles her brow, looking back and forth between the phone and me. I type another message.

    I am deaf.

    Her eyebrows shoot up, she covers her mouth with one hand, and the pink rises on her skin. Embarrassment looks the same on everyone.

    She shakes her head at me. Sorry, so sorry. She did not know.

    Of course you didn't. How could you?

    She smiles. It is not quite whole.

    I am no longer the picture in her head, no longer the man she imagined, but now she isn't sure what to do.

    She picks up my phone and types back.

    I'm Petra.

    A pleasure to meet you, Petra. You are Russian?

    My parents were.

    I nod and smile. She nods and smiles. I can see her mind churning.

    She would rather not stay with me. She wants to go find a man who can hear her laugh and does not have to type out his words.

    At the same time, her conscience tells her not to discriminate. Petra does not want to be the shallow woman who refuses a man because he is deaf. She doesn't want to turn me down the way so many others have.

    Or so she assumes.

    Her internal battle is like a three-act play unfolding before my eyes, and I know how it ends. At least most of the time.

    She stays.

    Her first question is about my hearing, or lack of it. Yes, I have been deaf from birth. No, I have never heard anything—not a laugh, not a voice, not a puppy barking or a plane overhead.

    Petra gives me a sad face. She does not realize this is patronizing, and I don't tell her, because she is trying. Because she stays.

    She asks if I can read lips. I nod. She starts to talk.

    "When I was twelve, I broke my leg in two places. Bike accident." Her mouth moves in the most exaggerated, grotesque way. "Anyway, I had to wear a cast that went from my foot all the way up to my thigh." She stops, draws a line across her thigh in case I have trouble understanding. I don't, but I appreciate the attempt. And the thigh.

    She continues. "I couldn't walk at all for six weeks. At school, I had to use a wheelchair, because the cast was too heavy for crutches."

    I smile, half imagining little Petra with a big cast. Half imagining where this sad story is heading.

    "I'm not saying I know what it's like to live in a wheelchair, or to have any permanent disability. I just always feel like . . . well, it feels like I've had a small taste of what it would be like, you know?"

    I nod.

    She smiles with relief, afraid her story might have offended me.

    I type:

    You are very sensitive.

    She shrugs. Beams at...
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  • Library Journal

    October 15, 2018

    Happily married to the love of your life but, yeah, after 15 years getting a little bored? Here's a solution from the couple at the heart of Downing's debut: getting away with murder. Bought in a preempt after 48 hours; foreign rights are starting to boil.

    Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    February 1, 2019
    Downing's debut thriller offers a chilling look into the marriage of two psychopaths. Our unnamed narrator (known mostly by an alias, Quentin) likes to pick up women in bars while pretending to be deaf. His wife, Millicent, is perfectly fine with this because he brings them home for her to torture and murder. When the freshly killed body of a young woman is found, nearly a full year after Millicent was supposed to have dumped her, Quentin realizes that Millicent is apparently playing a different game than he thought. They think they're safe, though, because she planted several clues that match the MO of a serial killer who has been on the loose for over a decade. Things start to unravel?best-laid plans and all that?and the couple's relationship quickly spirals into a cat-and-mouse game. Whom can you trust when your spouse is a lunatic? Meanwhile, the couple's two (seemingly normal) children know nothing of their parents' extracurricular activities. Readers will be fascinated by the abject coldness of Millicent, the odd and unreliable narrator, and the almost unbelievable denouement.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

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