I think it is safe to say that 2019 is going to prove to be a great year for fiction. I recently finished My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing. In a word, WOW! It is, in my opinion, as good as Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Just a completely different genre of fiction.
In 2012, Gillian Flynn released Gone Girl. I think almost all of my friends read that book. Since that time, it feels like every author is trying to write the new Gone Girl. Don’t get me wrong, I love almost every single one of those books. I love a good mystery, no matter how predictable they have become. But, the key word there is predictable, we all know how they are going to end.
My Lovely Wife, in my opinion finally broke that mold. The summary claims this to be Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith. That description is semi accurate, but so much more. It’s the story of a couple who have decided to add a bit of excitement to their marriage. They are both certifiably crazy, you just don’t know until the end who is actually crazier. The author does such a good job of character development, that I found myself almost hoping that they wouldn’t get caught. That is until the end, then I did want one of them to get caught and wanted the other to walk away. I was not disappointed by the ending and did not see it coming. This is a great one for a day at the beach or in your hammock. Just leave enough time to read it in a couple of sittings, it is hard to put down.
I don’t want to give any spoilers so I will end here. If this book is any indication of what is coming in fiction for the second half of 2019, I better clear more time in my schedule for reading.