Q&A: Being married with kids can be murder sometimes

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Q&A: Being married with kids can be murder sometimes

Samantha Downing explains how 'My Lovely Wife' took shape, and how she created sympathy for a killer

Jennifer Platt

This is Samantha Downing’s debut and she hits it on the nail. It’s creepy domestic noir. A husband and wife plan murders to fulfill their sexual needs. Downing takes us into the mind of the unnamed husband, making us complicit as we live in their marriage. We witness as the husband hunts the next victim, posing as a deaf man named Tobias. The wife, Millicent, waits at home to be given the go-ahead to murder the victims.

What the husband only finds out later is that she did not kill one of their victims immediately (as was their plan), but that she tortured the woman for an entire year. He realises that his wife is hiding quite a few secrets and he is on a mission to find out what they are.

Samantha Downing wrote 11 books over 20 years, before My Lovely Wife was finally published. She answers a few questions...

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