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My Lovely Wife
By (author): Samantha Downing
9780451491725 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological Mar 26, 2019
$35.00 CAD
Forthcoming 6 x 9 in 384 pages Berkley
Dexter meets Mr. & 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.

Story Locale: Hidden Oaks, Florida

#1 Library Reads Pick!

BOUGHT IN AN EXCLUSIVE PREEMPT: We scooped up two novels from this fabulous new author in 48 hours after an exclusive submission

STUNNING DEBUT NOVEL: Samantha Downing has crafted a dark, wildly compulsive thriller that pulls you in from the first pages

FOREIGN RIGHTS SOLD IN 12 TERRITORIES: including Michael Joseph (UK), Goldmann (Germany), Agave (Hungary), and Bokabeitan Ehf (Iceland), Amarin (Thailand), BALTO Leidybos Namai (Lithuania), TANAPAEV (Estonia), KONTINENTS (Latvia), and Golden Time (Korea), PRH Suma (Spain), Wydawnictwo WAM (Poland), and Vulkan (Serbia) with more to come

SIMULTANEOUS UK PUBLICATION: Michael Joseph is timing their publication with us

EARLY ENDORSEMENT QUOTES ARE IN: from Jane Corry, Sarah Pinborough, Liv Constantine, Nick Petrie, Meg Gardiner, and with many more quotes to come

Samantha Downing currently lives in New Orleans, where she is furiously typing away at her next thrilling stand-alone. My Lovely Wife is her first novel.

Author Residence: New Orleans, Louisiana

Author Hometown: Novato, California

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Feature on Read It Forward, First to Read



Publicity: National author tour

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Author Website: www.samanthadowning.com

Author Social Media: Twitter: @Smariedowning

Praise for My Lovely Wife:

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

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

“[A] dark, disturbing exploration of family, marriage and murderous compulsions”—The Washington Post

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

“If you read one book this year, make it My Lovely Wife”—Betches

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

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