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About Samantha Downing
Samantha Downing is the author of the bestselling My Lovely Wife, nominated for the Edgar, ITW, Macavity awards in the US, the CWA award in the UK, and the winner of the Prix des Lectrices award in France.
Her latest novel, For Your Own Good, was released on July 20, 2021. It has been optioned by Robert Downey Jr. and Greg Berlanti for HBO Max.
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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER AND RICHARD & JUDY PICK
HOW WELL DO YOU REALLY KNOW THE PERSON YOU LOVE MOST?
Their life was just like yours. Nice house, great kids, the perfect life.
But they have a very dark secret.
You might think you've read stories like this before.
SHORTLISTED FOR ITW THRILLER AWARD FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL, THE EDGAR AWARD AND THE GOODREADS AWARDS. WINNER OF THE DEAD GOOD READER AWARDS.
'The twist at the end of the first chapter made me read through the night' Jane Corry, bestselling author of The Dead Ex
'The most gripping psychological thriller of 2019' Stylist
'The next Gone Girl' Marie Claire
'A twisty, audacious, Gone Girl-y psychological thriller. The book that everyone is going to be talking about' Red
'Wow! My Lovely Wife is a stunner - full of twists, well-drawn characters, and riveting suspense' Harlan Coben
'Dexter meets Gone Girl - I loved this this brilliantly dark and twisted novel. One of the best books I've read this year' C.J. Tudor
'Absolutely unputdownable' Liv Constantine
NO-ONE IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN THE ONES WHO KNOW YOU BEST . . .
The gripping Sunday Times bestselling psychological thriller from the No. 1 bestselling author of MY LOVELY WIFE
'So addictive it should come with a warning' Alice Feeney
Beth has never forgotten what happened to her and her siblings when they were children.
The others never talk about it. But she knows they remember it too.
It began with a secret. It ended with murder.
But that's all in the past now.
'My Lovely Wife was one of my top books of 2019. He Started It is even better!' C.J. Tudor, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man
'Whip-smart, lean, deliciously dark and addictive. One of the best thrillers I've read in a long time' Ali Land
'Wow! It's dark, it's twisted and it's going to be your new favourite book! 5***** Reader Review
'Chilling, thrilling, twisty, fast paced, riveting, tense, dark & scary . . . My favourite book this year' 5***** Reader Review
PRAISE FOR MY LOVELY WIFE
'The most gripping psychological thriller of 2019' Stylist
'Wow! My Lovely Wife is a stunner - full of twists, well-drawn characters, and riveting suspense' Harlan Coben, bestselling author of Don't Let Go
'An assured and deliciously engrossing debut. It will linger long after you've reached the last page' Sarah Pinborough, bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes
Shelby works as a dog walker in northern California, and she’s just finished up her bi-weekly trip to the park with a husky named Pluto. When she brings him back to his house, she finds his owner—Todd Burke, a well-known local businessman and founder of an organic supplements company—lying on the bathroom floor, dead. A detective arrives on the scene. As she interviews Shelby, the body is inspected by a medical examiner, and more cops search Todd’s home, it becomes clear that the victim’s life was less picture-perfect than his clean-cut persona might lead you to believe.
THE GRIPPING NEW PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER FROM THE RICHARD & JUDY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF MY LOVELY WIFE
'Irresistibly dark' T.M. LOGAN
'Gripping and twisted' 5***** READER REVIEW
'Dark, sly and delicious' J.P. DELANEY
'Intoxicating' 5***** READER REVIEW
'Totally the real deal' SARAH PINBOROUGH
At Belmont Academy, excellence comes at a cost . . .
The teachers demand too much from their students.
The students are devious and unpredictable.
The parents will do anything to get their children ahead.
And when a parent dies in suspicious circumstances, it's clear that someone at Belmont is a murderer.
But how do you uncover a killer when anyone could be a suspect?
'Brilliant' Daily Mail
'Absolutely terrific' Sarah Pekkanen
'Wonderfully dark and twisty. I raced through it, desperate to know how it would end' B.A. Paris
'Dark as night, sinister as hell, clever, twisting and downright fun' Chris Whitaker
READERS ARE GRIPPED BY FOR YOUR OWN GOOD
'A gripping, twisted and dark thriller that kept me hooked to the last page. The plot was superb, the writing was sharp, the events were unpredictable' 5***** Reader Review
'This book is exceptional. Full and twists and tension, I raced through it. Absolutely brilliant' 5***** Reader Review
'WOW! Brilliant. Couldn't put it down. So many twists and turns. Kept me in suspense until the very end' 5***** Reader Review
'Gripping and darkly comic with brilliant characterisation' 5***** Reader Review
'I was hooked from the first paragraph' 5***** Reader Review
'Samantha Downing does it again! Gripping, dark, incisive and sharply observed from start to finish' 5***** Reader Review
'A thriller with dark humour at its heart' 5***** Reader Review
Un thriller salvaje sobre una pareja cuyo matrimonio de quince años por fin se ha puesto interesante...
Nuestra historia de amor es sencilla. Conocí a una mujer extraordinaria. Nos enamoramos. Tuvimos niños. Nos mudamos a las afueras. Nos contamos nuestros grandes sueños y nuestros secretos más oscuros. Y después comenzamos a aburrirnos.
En apariencia somos una pareja normal. Como tus vecinos, los padres del mejor amigo de tu hijo, los conocidos con los que cenas de vez en cuando.
Todos tenemos nuestros pequeños secretos para mantener vivo un matrimonio.
Solo que el nuestro incluye el asesinato.
La crítica ha dicho:
«Un debut oscuro e irresistible».
«Una deliciosa y perversa historia sobre secretos, relaciones y lo que algunos están dispuestos a hacer para mantener viva la llama».
«Dexter pero más sexy».
«Totalmente atrapante... Esta novela tiene más giros y vueltas que un plato de espaguetis, resérvate un día entero para leerla porque no vas a querer dormir hasta que termines».
«Una novela brillantemente oscura y retorcida. ¡Uno de los mejores libros que he leído este año».
C.J. Tudor, autora de El Hombre de Tiza
«Los efectos secundarios de leer este libro son noches en vela y miradas extrañadas de los que se encuentran con tu expresión de horror en el metro».
«Una novela oscura e inquietante sobre la familia, el matrimonio y los impulsos asesinos».
The Washington Post
«Dejará en shock incluso a los más experimentados lectores de novelas de suspense».
«Si solo vas a leer un libro este año, que sea este».