Samantha Downing

For Your Own Good
  • For Your Own Good

  • SOME LESSONS CAN BE DEADLY . . . The unputdownable new thriller from the author of international sensation and Richard & Judy pick, MY LOVELY WIFE

    'Dark, sly and delicious . . . totally original - and totally compelling' JP DELANEY, bestselling author of PLAYING NICE
    'Samantha Downing is totally the real deal. Wry and dark and witty and clever' SARAH PINBOROUGH, bestselling author of BEHIND HER EYES
    'Wonderfully dark and twisty. I raced through it, desperate to know how it would end' BA PARIS
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    Teddy Crutcher won Teacher of the Year at the prestigious Belmont Academy. Everyone thinks he's brilliant.
    Only you know the truth.

    They all smile when he tells us his wife couldn't be more proud.
    But no-one has seen her in a while.

    They're impressed when he doesn't let anything distract him - even the tragic death of a school parent.
    Even when the whispers start, saying it was murder.

    You're sure Teddy is hiding something about what happened that day.

    You're sure you can prove it.

    But you didn't stop to think that when it comes to catching a killer, there's no place more dangerous than just one step behind . . .
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    'An irresistibly tale tale of parents, pupils and poison: the American dream turned suburban nightmare' TM LOGAN

    'A brilliant psychological black comedy with a really fresh feel, packed with sly observation and outrageous twists' DAILY MAIL

    PRAISE FOR SAMANTHA DOWNING

    'Wow! My Lovely Wife is a stunner - full of twists, well-drawn characters, and riveting suspense' Harlan Coben

    'The next Gone Girl' Marie Claire

    'The twist at the end of the first chapter made me read through the night' Jane Corry

Samantha Downing was born in the Bay Area, and currently lives in New Orleans. Her debut novel, My Lovely Wife, was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick and a Sunday Times bestseller, and has been published in thirty languages. It won a Dead Good Reader Award, and was shortlisted for four other major awards: The CWA John Creasey Dagger, The Edgar Award for Best First Novel, The ITW Thriller Award for Best First Novel and The Macavity Award for Best First Mystery. Amazon Studios and Nicole Kidman's Blossom Films have partnered to produce a feature film based on the novel. Her second novel, He Started It, was also a Sunday Times bestseller.

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