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Samantha Downing is an American bestselling author of mystery, suspense and psychological thrillers.

She made her debut as a novelist in 2019 with My Lovely Wife, which was not only a USA Today bestseller, but was also nominated for the Edgar, International Thriller Writers Awards, Macavity Awards (US), and the Crime Writers' Association Award (UK).

The book also won the Prix des Lectrices Award in France.

Not long after the successes of her first novel, Samantha released He Started It (2020), which received critical acclaim and became an instant international bestseller.

Her third novel, For Your Own Good (2021), has been optioned by Robert Downey Jr. and Greg Berlanti for HBO Max.

Samantha is agented by Barbara Poelle of Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

More about Samantha Downing

Genres: Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Suspense

United States


Non Series

  • My Lovely Wife (2019)
  • He Started It (2020)
  • For Your Own Good (2021)
  • A Twisted Love Story (2023)


  1. Sleeping Dogs Lie (2022)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

My Lovely Wife

Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.

We look like a normal couple. We're your neighbors, the parents of your kid's friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with.

We all have our secrets to keeping a marriage alive.

Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.

Author: Samantha Downing
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0451491732
Publisher: Berkley
He Started It

Beth, Portia, and Eddie Morgan haven't all been together in years. And for very good reasons—we'll get to those later. But when their wealthy grandfather dies and leaves a cryptic final message in his wake, the siblings and their respective partners must come together for a cross-country road trip to fulfill his final wish and—more importantly—secure their inheritance.

But time with your family can be tough. It is for everyone.

It's even harder when you're all keeping secrets and trying to forget a memory, a missing person, an act of revenge, the man in the black truck who won't stop following your car—and especially when at least one of you is a killer and there's a body in the trunk. Just to name a few reasons.

But money is a powerful motivator. It is for everyone.

Author: Samantha Downing
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0451491763
Publisher: Berkley
For Your Own Good

Teddy Crutcher has won Teacher of the Year at the elite Belmont Academy, home to the best and brightest.

He says his wife couldn’t be more proud—though no one has seen her in a while.

Teddy really can’t be bothered with a few mysterious deaths on campus that are looking more and more like murder, or with the student digging a little too deep into Teddy’s personal life. His main focus is pushing these kids to their full academic potential.  

All he wants is for his colleagues—and the endlessly meddlesome parents—to stay out of his way. If not, well, they’ll get what they deserve.

It’s really too bad that sometimes excellence comes at such a high cost.

Author: Samantha Downing
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-0593100981
Publisher: Berkley
A Twisted Love Story

Wes and Ivy are madly in love. They've never felt anything like it. It's the kind of romance people write stories about.

But what kind of story?

Because when it's good, it's great. Flowers. Grand gestures. Deep meaningful conversations where the whole world disappears.

When it's bad, it's really bad. Vengeful fights. Damaged property. Arrest warrants.

But their vicious cycle of catastrophic breakups and head-over-heels reconnections needs to end fast. Because suddenly, Wes and Ivy have a common enemy--and she's a detective.

There's something Wes and Ivy never talk about--in good times or bad. The night of their worst breakup, when one of them took things too far, and someone ended up dead.

If they can stick together, they can survive anything--even the tightening net of a police investigation.

Because one more breakup might just be their last…

Author: Samantha Downing
First Release: 2023
ISBN: 978-0593607657
Publisher: Random House Large Print


Sleeping Dogs Lie

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.

Author: Samantha Downing
First Release: 2022
Ebook: B09N91D2JS
Publisher: Berkley