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Samantha Downing


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Samantha Downing currently lives in New Orleans, where she is furiously typing away on her next thrilling standalone. My Lovely Wife is her first novel.

Genres: Mystery
 
Novels
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Novellas
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Awards
Edgar Awards Best First Novel nominee (2020) : My Lovely Wife


Samantha Downing recommends
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Here To Stay (2019)
Mark Edwards
"Here to Stay is a relentless, chilling novel that never lets up. I’m now afraid to let anyone stay in my house—in-laws or otherwise."
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The Other Mrs (2019)
Mary Kubica
"In The Other Mrs., Mary Kubica weaves a labyrinth of deception and family secrets, each one more shocking than the last, with an ending that left me thunderstruck. If you have any doubts Mary Kubica is a master of the genre, this book will change your mind."
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Woman on the Edge (2019)
Samantha M Bailey
"Woman on the Edge begins with a shocking, tragic event and doesn't stop there. Samantha M. Bailey has written an impressive debut that will keep you reading until the final twist."
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The Other People (2020)
C J Tudor
"The Other People is a creepy, intense novel that drew me right in and never let go. C. J. Tudor’s books keep getting better and better, and this one won’t let you stop reading until the very last page!"
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Behind Every Lie (2020)
Christina McDonald
"Behind Every Lie is a deep, suspenseful novel packed with family secrets. Christina McDonald has a true gift for creating characters that are so well-developed, it feels like you know them. An outstanding achievement!"
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The Memory Wood (2020)
Sam Lloyd
"Brilliant writing, a terrifying story, and characters so real it feels like you know them. If you enjoy dark, twisty thrillers that stay with you, read this book."
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The Broken Ones (2020)
Ren Richards
"an ending that left me awestruck. Put this one on your 2020 list!"
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Darling Rose Gold (2020)
Stephanie Wrobel
"One of the most captivating and disturbing thrillers I've read this year. An astonishing debut."
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The Herd (2020)
Andrea Bartz
"Fascinating and chilling."
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Precious You (2020)
Helen Monks Takhar
"An incredibly addictive thriller that examines women in the workplace, ageism, and the clash of generations. It’s creepy and unnerving, with observations that are often dead-on."
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His & Hers (2020)
Alice Feeney
"No one can plot – or write – a story like Alice Feeney. His & Hers is a stunning, addictive novel that makes you wonder who you can trust – if anyone. Captivating from beginning to end, this book should not be missed!"
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Sister Dear (2020)
Hannah Mary McKinnon
"A stunning achievement! Beautifully plotted story with characters that left a mark."
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The Wife Stalker (2020)
Liv Constantine
"The Wife Stalker is a daring, dastardly story with complex characters and a sinister plot. A read-through-the-night thriller that mesmerizes to the final page. An absolute must for your 2020 list!"
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All the Broken People (2020)
Leah Konen
"All the Broken People hooked me from the start. This book has everything-engaging characters, a unique story, and an ending that will blow you away."
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Safe (2020)
S K Barnett
"SAFE is a fast-moving, perfectly paced book about what happens when a missing child returns home twelve years later. Intense, dark, and full of unpredictable twists. Don’t miss this one."
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Stranger in the Lake (2020)
Kimberly Belle
"STRANGER IN THE LAKE is a spellbinding tale of lies and deceit that unfolds piece by devastating piece. Another outstanding novel by Kimberly Belle, masterfully written to lure you in and never let go."
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The Perfect Marriage (2020)
Jeneva Rose
"The Perfect Marriage is a twisty, compulsive book that will keep you reading all night! Fast-paced with crisp writing and an intriguing plot. Jeneva Rose is one to watch."
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Behind the Red Door (2020)
Megan Collins
"In Behind the Red Door, Megan Collins has achieved something remarkable--a dark, disturbing story that is both elegant and fascinating. Exquisite writing, compelling characters and a story so captivating I finished it in a weekend. Few books live up to the word chilling, but this one does."
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The Eighth Detective (2020)
Alex Pavesi
"Alex Pavesi has written one of the most creative detective novels of the year…if not of all time. Sharp writing, crisp dialogue, and the end will leave you reeling. An incredible debut novel!"
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The First to Lie (2020)
Hank Phillippi Ryan
"The First to Lie is a twisty, winding road of deception and secrets that starts with a bang and ends with an explosion. Put this one on your list because Hank Phillippi Ryan is at the top of her game."
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Imperfect Women (2020)
Araminta Hall
"A stunning, dark novel about who women want to be and the reality of who they are. Beautifully written, thought-provoking and should not be missed."
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In Case of Emergency (2020)
E G Scott
"In Case of Emergency begins with a phone call and unfolds into a sharply plotted, dark story packed with lies, betrayals, and so many secrets. Fast-moving and clever!"
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When I Was You (2020)
Amber Garza
"Garza has upped the game . . . You won't want to put this one down."
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Don't Look For Me (2020)
Wendy Walker
"Wow! I hate to be repetitive but…WOW! Wendy Walker always writes amazing books but Don’t Look For Me may be her finest novel yet. It’s unsettling in the very best way and truly riveting."
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For the Best (2020)
Vanessa Lillie
"For the Best is a riveting story of a woman who is accused of murder and launches her own investigation. Plotted to perfection, the events of that night unfold in a series of shocking and disturbing twists. A clever, captivating book you need on your list."
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The Nesting (2020)
C J Cooke
"A gorgeous, atmospheric book that chilled me to the bone. The perfect escape book into the deep woods of Norway, where nothing is as it seems. C. J. Cooke just became one of my favorite authors."
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She Lies Close (2020)
Sharon Doering
"This book should come with a warning: Contents are much darker and more shocking than they first appear. Every curve, every twist takes you further down the rabbit hole. Sharon Doering has written a crackling debut that should be on your 2020 list!"
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They Never Learn (2020)
Layne Fargo
"They Never Learn is a fierce, provocative thriller that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. A twisty book with a razor-sharp edge, revenge has never looked so good—or so appealing!"
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Following You (2021)
Eva Lesko Natiello
"FOLLOWING YOU is a raw, unflinching story about obsession as it follows three characters through a maze of twisted lies. Guaranteed to shock, this one will keep you reading late into the night."
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People Like Her (2021)
Ellery Lloyd
"Social media has never been so dark or so compelling. A disturbing peek into the world of influencers and how it affects their families, People Like Her had me hooked right up to the jaw-dropping end."
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The Wife Upstairs (2021)
Rachel Hawkins
"I was completely blown away by The Wife Upstairs. This is a compulsive, irresistible retelling of Jane Eyre with a modern, noir twist – and wow, does it work."
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The Girls Are All So Nice Here (2021)
Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
"THE GIRLS ARE ALL SO NICE HERE is twisted, compelling, and so very dark. This devastating story about the friends we keep—and those we don’t—is surprising in the best possible way. Flynn's first adult fiction book makes me wonder what she'll come up with next."
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Saving Grace (2021)
Debbie Babitt
"Saving Grace is a big, southern gothic thriller packed with secrets. The characters jumped off the page, drawing me in until it was impossible to put down. Original, dark, and staggering."
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The Three Mrs Greys (2021)
(Three Mrs Greys, book 1)
Shelly Ellis
"The first book of Shelly Ellis's new series is saucy, wicked, and a whole lot of fun! The Three Mrs. Greys is a thriller wrapped around three sexy love stories. The wives all have distinct voices, personalities, and agendas. I can't wait to see what Ellis does with this story in the next book!"
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Just One Look (2021)
Lindsay Cameron
"Lindsay Cameron takes obsession to a whole new level and I am here for it! With each twist, Just One Look becomes more intriguing, more shocking, and more fascinating."
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The Hunting Wives (2021)
May Cobb
"The Hunting Wives is just like Texas...big, bold, and hot! This spicy novel is filled with unpredictable twists and unforgettable characters, and it's impossible to put down."
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The Next Wife (2021)
Kaira Rouda
"One of the most insidious, compulsive books I’ve read recently. Kaira Rouda has a way of drawing you in with great characters, fast-paced writing, and a story that won’t let you go. Brilliant, dark, and dazzling."
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The Pact (2021)
Sharon Bolton
"Not many books are truly unputdownable, but you can add The Pact to that coveted list. This book is so compelling, so addictive, it had me hooked from the first chapter to the last. Get this one on your summer list!"
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Six Weeks to Live (2021)
Catherine McKenzie
"Just when you think you know what’s happening…there’s a new twist, a new piece of information, a new direction. Unpredictable and captivating, Six Weeks to Live had me mesmerized right up to the shocking end."
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The Final Girl Support Group (2021)
Grady Hendrix
"The Final Girl Support Group is funny, scary, and a roaring good time. Grady Hendrix puts his own spin on final girls and I loved it."
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Kill All Your Darlings (2021)
David Bell
"A dark, twisty journey through the labyrinth of academia. This book has everything—a missing girl, a murder, a book-within-a-book and so much more! One of David Bell’s most unique and engrossing novels."
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Safe in My Arms (2021)
Sara Shepard
"No one writes about secrets like Sara Shepard! Safe In My Arms is a whopping page-turner of a book, packed with lies, betrayals, and head-spinning twists. I’ll never think about preschools the same way again."
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The Other Me (2021)
Sarah Zachrich Jeng
"The definition of unputdownable...This is one of the most innovative thrillers I've read in a long, long time."
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The Receptionist (2021)
Kate Myles
"The Receptionist is the best kind of guilty pleasure. Unlikeable characters? Check. Twisty plot? Check. This book has a pervasive sense of dread throughout, which made me turn the pages even faster. I couldn’t wait to see how it ended."
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My Sweet Girl (2021)
Amanda Jayatissa
"My Sweet Girl is like nothing else I've read. Set in San Francisco and Sri Lanka, this is a story about friendship, lies, and guilt. A stunning and original must-read."
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Her Perfect Twin (2022)
Sarah Bonner
"Sarah Bonner's debut novel made my jaw drop. There are so many twists in this story, I never knew what was coming next. You won't want to miss this one!"
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The Overnight Guest (2022)
Heather Gudenkauf
"The Overnight Guest is not only compelling, it's addicitive, I'll be thinking about this book for a long time."
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The Long Weekend (2022)
Gilly MacMillan
"Spellbinding . . . Bold, suspenseful, and impossible to put down. This one will stay with me for a long time."
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One Little Word (2022)
Audra McElyea
"One Little Word is a riveting suspense novel packed with sharp turns and unexpected twists. Single mother and widow Madeleine Barton is the perfect protagonist, capturing your heart and bringing you along for this crazy, thrilling ride. Audra McElyea is one to watch!"
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Like a Sister (2022)
Kellye Garrett
"Like A Sister is a wholly captivating novel, one that grows more complicated--and tense--as the story unfolds. Loaded with twists and turns, this book will keep you guessing, and reading, until the last shocking page."
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The Night Shift (2022)
Alex Finlay
"The Night Shift weaves together two crimes, past and present, into a fast-paced, page-turning, slam-dunk of a thriller. An exciting, entertaining read that I couldn't put down!"
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Blood Sugar (2022)
Sascha Rothchild
"One of the best debuts I've read in a while, with a fascinating story, wicked sharp writing, and an unforgettable narrator. Blood Sugar needs to be on your 2022 reading list."
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Blood Will Tell (2022)
Heather Chavez
"Blood Will Tell is a fierce novel of suspense, secrets, and family drama. Chavez brilliantly intertwines story and tension into a captivating novel. One of those books where you just have to know what happens next."
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The Girl Who Outgrew the World (2022)
Zoje Stage
"Zoje Stage has crafted the perfect fairy tale: Magical, brutal, and full of heart. A beautifully written story that I can't stop thinking about."
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Hide (2022)
Kiersten White
"There is nothing creepier than an abandoned amusement park, especially when Kiersten White is writing about it. Each character is astonishingly real and the pacing is spot-on. This book held me captive, I couldn't put it down."
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And There He Kept Her (2022)
Joshua Moehling
"Joshua Moehling is a fresh, powerful new voice in crime fiction. His debut novel is a twisted ride with a detective you won't soon forget. This book isn't just unputdownable, it's the definition of the word."
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A Kiss After Dying (2022)
Ashok K Banker
"Ashok Banker is a master at manipulation. Ingenious and thrilling, this novel about family, revenge, and murder will have your head spinning in the best possible way."
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The Second Husband (2022)
Kate White
"Immersive, spellbinding thriller about a woman questioning everything--including her husband. In Kate White's perfectly plotted novel, it's impossible to predict what will happen next."
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An Honest Living (2022)
Dwyer Murphy
"Dwyer Murphy beautifully intertwines a noir mystery with the lore of New York. A captivating, beguiling novel right up to its shocking conclusion."
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The Perfect Neighborhood (2022)
Liz Alterman
"In theory, The Perfect Neighborhood is the ideal place to raise a family. In reality, it's disturbing and completely riveting. Inside every house is another fascinating character, another lie, another betrayal. Reading this book made me feel like I lived in Oak Hill, and I refused to leave until every secret was uncovered."
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Truly, Darkly, Deeply (2022)
Victoria Selman
"Truly, Darkly, Deeply is a gripping, disturbing story. Victoria Selman is a beautiful writer, jumping between past and present seamlessly. This is the kind of book that will keep you up at night."
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The Last Housewife (2022)
Ashley Winstead
"A stunning, disturbing thriller that will have your mind and heart racing. The Last Housewife is a clever, twisty, unnerving ride through feminism, patriarchy, and power, and it had me gasping for air."
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Run Time (2022)
Catherine Ryan Howard
"Run Time is a mind-twisting story about the filming of a horror movie. Compelling doesn't do it justice, this book is flat-out addictive. Catherine Ryan Howard never fails to write something that's inventive, creative, and captivating."
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Suburban Hell (2022)
Maureen Kilmer
"Maureen Kilmer strikes the perfect balance in Suburban Hell. This is a scary, thrilling, and funny ride through a neighborhood nightmare. The pages turn themselves, you can't stop reading this one."

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