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My Lovely Wife

My Lovely Wife

Autor: Samantha Downing

English
2019 - Penguin US; Berkley

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INSTANT USA TODAY and NATIONAL BESTSELLER!

#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

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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 the compliment.

We have another drink.

I tell her a story that has nothing to do with being deaf. I tell her about my childhood pet, a frog named Sherman. He was a bullfrog who sat on the biggest rock in the pond and hogged all the flies. I never tried to

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INSTANT #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

"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.

Autor

Samantha Downing currently lives in New Orleans, where she is furiously typing away on her next thrilling standalone. My Lovely Wife is her first novel.

Buchdetails

Titel: My Lovely Wife
Verlag: Penguin US; Berkley
Erscheinungsjahr:2019
Sprache:English
384 Seiten
228.60000 mm
ISBN-13: 978-1-984804-63-1

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