My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing is an extreme take on adding some spice into marriage. Narrator husband and his wife Millicent decide that targeting and killing women sparks passion into their marriage. The story opens as they are planning their fourth murder.
Husband (can’t remember or find his name!) pretends to be a deaf man named Tobias to get close to their prospects. When their third victim’s body turns up, Millicent plans to resurrect the presence of a notorious serial killer named Owen in order to thwart the police and press. Meanwhile, they go through with claiming their fourth victim, the whole while trying to pin it on Owen.
Owen’s “presence” begins to have a domino effect on the people in their lives, both friends and family. Through it all we get the backstory of their marriage, including how they met, their children and how they became killers.
Everything falls apart when Owen’s sister comes forward to prove that he already died and therefore couldn’t have possibly murdered these women. The investigation goes into full effect. Eventually, we discover that Millicent had ulterior motives behind their fourth victim. All signs begin pointing to “Tobias.” I won’t give any other spoilers; read to find out if he is caught and if “justice” is served.
This is a great story with seriously disturbed characters and a very twisted marriage.