Book Review of a Currently Popular Psychological Thriller

Everyone in the book blogger community seems to be reading and loving this book right now.  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy!  Psychological Thrillers are obviously some of my favorite books to read and this one sounded GREAT.  I couldn’t wait to read it and share my thoughts in a blog review.

How gorgeous is our new fall mum?!? My daughter picked it out at our local farmer’s market last week. It’s absolutely perfect and it makes me so happy.  I LOVE FALL!!!  Perfect backdrop for a book picture…especially when the word “lovely” is in the book title:

My Lovely Wife By: Samantha Downing

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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 secrets to keeping a marriage alive.

Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.

My Thoughts:

(Disclaimer: I will never post spoilers in my reviews HOWEVER the comment section is completely fair game to discuss any and all specifics including spoilers)

3 Stars

This book is DARK. Obviously all psychological thrillers are dark but this one was even more disturbing than most.  Without revealing spoilers, I will just say that there were numerous parts of this book which left me feeling uncomfortable.

This book just had too many of everything. Too many characters, too many storylines, too many insignificant details.

I kept hearing how shocking all of the twists were and I was extremely disappointed when none of them shocked me. And I am NEVER able to predict twists! I predicted just about all of them long before they happened without even trying. So annoying.

And one of my biggest pet peeves…when authors casually mention something completely insignificant in 1 or 2 sentences and then 200 pages later you as the reader are expected to remember it as it becomes a major plot twist. HATE. THAT.  Who remembers every single sentence of a book as they continue to read?  If something will be important later, at least give it enough attention that the reader will remember what you are talking about.  This happened MANY times throughout this book!  I was reading this while sitting next to my daughter (who was silently reading a book about unicorns) and at one point she asked me why I kept flipping back to previous pages while reading, lol.  Even my 7 year old appreciates that books should be read from front to back…not from front to back back to front back to back back to front back to back, lol.


I DO have some positive things to say about this book. I loved the short chapters! I wish all books had short chapters. Also, I really enjoyed her writing style although the topic was just so weird.

This book completely held my attention from the very first page although I just didn’t love it.  It WAS interesting and I wanted to see how it all would end…even though the ending (as well as the rest of the book) was overall pretty predictable.  Ugh.

Bottom Line:

I didn’t love this author’s debut novel BUT I did enjoy her writing style enough to want to read others she will write in the future! Fingers crossed the topics and details won’t be as disturbing…



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12 thoughts on “Book Review of a Currently Popular Psychological Thriller

  1. Books should definitely give a detail enough attention that you remember it if they plan to bring it back up later… too confusing otherwise! It seems like the writing style saved it a bit for you anyway though 🙂


  2. If a book is too predictable, I will jump to the end to see if it turns out like it started heading in the early part of the book. I did that with a Zombie Star Trek book not too long ago. About halfway through, it was plodding way too slowly. Jumped to the half of the last chapter. I didn’t know what happened to people who were still alive in the intervening pages, but it convinced me to keep reading.

    Back before the Internet had things like IMDB, I watched a 1980s movie. Five minutes in I predicted person A would kill person B and frame person C. After 2ish hours of watching, hoping for a plot twist, there wasn’t one. It was such a bad movie that my brain cells that carried the name of the movie or any of its actors decided to delete themselves from my mind.

    If I had to keep back and forth, that book joins the Don’t Finish pile. Same for those books that have too much of many things. I stopped reading several popular fantasy writers because they kept writing long after they should have stopped.


      1. You are welcome. I don’t have a problem with spoilers as the spoilers will usually do one of two things – make me put in my Don’t Read/Watch pile or make me want to Read/Watch to find out how the spoiler was achieved.

        I read a book about a Star Trek convention zombie from a review by another reviewer. She didn’t include spoilers. I found it cheap on Amazon. About halfway through, the story was dragging way too much. I skipped to the last chapter and it intrigued enough that I finished the book. Personally, I thought the book screamed sequel as there were a number of loose ends that could be tied up with one or two more books.

        I look at it this way. I only have so long on this planet. Best to find out if a book or movie is worth my time before wasting that time on something not worth my time.


  3. I LOVED this book! I did! I think because I so often am able to predict the big plot twist, and this one, for the most part, took me by surprise. It was dark, which honestly made me worry about the fact that I enjoyed it. Nevertheless, I really enjoy this, it held my attention, it was a quick read, and I’ve recommended it to many people!


  4. A book that readers seem to love or hate. For myself, concerned by some of the things you and several of my friends have mentioned (IE Too many characters/sub plots, obvious twists … I could go on) I can’t see myself reading this any time soon.


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