This is a story about a married couple. They met, fell in love, had two beautiful children. So far, so ordinary.
But they have a very dark secret.
It's a story with a twist. And then another. And another.
You might think you've read stories like this before.
You'd be wrong.
By the end of the first chapter you'll be hooked.
After fifty pages you might not sleep until you finish.
And when you read the very last line, you'll ask yourself one question:
How well do you really know the person you love most?
'My Lovely Wife' is a book that intrigued me from the get-go. From the first chapter I realised that this will be a different sort of thriller and I felt the author would most certainly have a few surprises up her sleeve. However, sadly, it fell short of my expectations.
This is the story of a married couple and their children. It is told by the husband/father, from his point of view. Please don't ask me this character's name as for the life of me I tried to look it up before writing this review and I couldn't find it. I'm pretty sure the author never actually mentions it (which I thought was odd since the whole book is given to us from his pov!). His wife is Millicent and they have two teenage kids, Rory and Jenna. To anyone on the outside, this looks like a fairly 'normal-looking' family... However from behind their home's closed door, it's immediately evident that while the kids act their age, the parents are pretty messed up individuals. Both husband and wife have a daytime job and they balance family and work life like million other couples. But at night, after tending to the kids and house chores, they plot murders together. One by one we get to know who their victims were and how they lured them into their trap. But for how long can they go on this killing spree before getting caught? Something, somewhere must give and then what happens?
Okay, I know some of my reader friends have read and raved about this book, and that served its purpose in making me want to read it. However, I'm sorry to say I was not overly impressed by the end. At the beginning, the book kept my interest high and I wanted to know what happens next. I was enjoying it until... the level of crazy got a bit too much as far as I'm concerned. I don't like far-fetched stories and this one became more far-fetched and flat the more I progressed with the book.
I thought the family dynamic was very odd and I couldn't warm to any of the characters. The kids did nothing but whine about this and that. The relationship between the son and his father was very unrealistic. I thought the husband was all too happy being under his wife's thumb. While he was very good at going out and luring the next victim, he was practically terrified of his wife. Millicent is crazy and very unpredictable. She always wants to have the last say at home about everything. She takes decisions and acts on them. She was given free rein to do what she likes, when she likes, without having to answer any questions, which her husband was afraid to ask.
The ending was just another major disappointment for me. It was quite hurried, ridiculous and unsatisfactory.
Sorry about this. I hate writing such reviews. With thanks to Penguin UK - Michael Joseph for approving my request to read and review a copy of this book through Netgalley.