A Twisted Love Story (Hardcover)

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From the bestselling author of My Lovely Wife comes a reckless, delicious thriller that gives a whole new meaning to the dangers of modern dating.

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

But what kind of story?

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 reconciliations 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…

About the Author

Samantha Downing is currently working on her next standalone thriller. A Twisted Love Story is her fourth novel.

Praise For…

Praise for A Twisted Love Story

“A deliciously clever thriller. I love Samantha Downing's books...If you haven't experienced the pleasure of reading her work, don't wait."
Sylvia Day, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Toxic relationships, dark deeds, and a cast of unreliable narrators. All the best ingredients for a deliciously disturbing read. Twisted indeed.”
Alice Feeney, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Darker

"Samantha Downing’s writing is pure, twisted magic…will take you from the height of sexy, crashing-into-walls obsession to utter disbelief, loving every second."
Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author 

"Subtle, compelling, and clever. A Twisted Love Story will take you on a tense and emotional thrill ride that doesn't let up until the final page. Downing has crafted a complex, masterfully written tale that will have you rooting for the dysfunctional couple while simultaneously not trusting either of them."
Jeneva Rose, New York Times bestselling author of You Shouldn’t Have Come Here

“This story about a toxic relationship spiralling out of control is dazzlingly, deliciously dark—and enormous fun.”
JP Delaney, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before

“Wicked and wild, seductive and sinister. A Twisted Love Story is beach read fun, up all night gripping, disturbingly dark and satisfyingly clever.”
Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End

"I love Samantha Downing’s thrillers and this one is an absolute gem. Deliciously addictive, constantly surprising and, as the title would suggest, thoroughly twisted. You’ll devour it."
B. P. Walter, bestselling author of The Dinner Guest

"Samantha Downing is one of those rare writers equally focused on character and plotting, and it shows in the twists and turns of her novels, as well as the genuine emotions they evoke in readers."

“I’m obsessed with everything Samantha Downing writes — she’s truly the master of twisty thrillers.”
Katie Couric Media

"Downing is a phenomenal writer that draws you in from the very first page."
Mystery & Suspense Magazine

“Compelling, funny and disturbingly realistic, A Twisted Love Story not only provides readers with an entertaining thriller but also delves deep into the seductive underbelly of a distressingly unhealthy relationship.” 
Criminal Element

"No one does dark sophisticated psychological suspense like the oh-so-talented Samantha Downing! This page-turning risk-taking dive into tangled relationships and ultra-gaslighting is a dazzling look at emotional manipulation and addictive passion. What happens when love is so powerful that it turns deadly? Shocking, surprising, and super-twisty--with an ending that will haunt you."
Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author

“While A Twisted Love Story is a thriller about love, buckle up because it’s of the gnarly, twisted variety, and I tore through the pages…It takes great skill to make readers root for a couple like this, but Samantha Downing does so with ease.”
Hannah Mary McKinnon, internationally bestselling author of Never Coming Home

“The word ‘Twisted’ doesn’t do the title justice. A lightning fast read, this is a ‘one more chapter’ book that you’ll think about long after it’s finished. Downing blurs the line between love and toxicity so perfectly that you’ll be rooting for this messy couple without a second thought."
Jaime Lynn Hendricks, bestselling author of Finding Tessa

"This is a great, twisty, soapy, well-written novel that only Samantha Downing can write. She has never written a bad novel, and this one is another winner."
Red Carpet Crash

Praise for Samantha Downing

“Witty and macabre.”
Caroline Kepnes

"Slick and chilling."
Megan Miranda

“I read all of her [books]. I've read everything.”
Cecily Strong from SNL for Vanity Fair

“A perfect summer book.”

"No one writes a twisted character quite like Samantha Downing."

“Once I sat down to read For Your Own Good—a clever, twisty thriller—it was difficult to stop reading. It's the perfect read to get lost in this summer."

“Just finished reading this wonderfully dark, twisty and compelling thriller set in a prestigious private school. I raced through it, desperate to know how it would end.”
B.A. Paris, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors

“Dark, sly and delicious...totally original—and totally compelling.”
JP Delaney, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before

"I'm a huge fan of Samantha Downing, who is masterful at creating diabolical characters and deliciously chilling plots. An absolutely terrific book!"
Sarah Pekkanen, New York Times bestselling author of The Wife Between Us

“Samantha Downing is totally the real deal. Wry and dark and witty and clever. I didn't think she could outdo My Lovely Wife but I think this one tops it.”
Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes

"Samantha Downing has achieved something so special in For Your Own Good. A story that is dark as night, sinister as hell, clever, twisting and downright fun."
Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End

"Samantha Downing serves up another cast of deliciously mendacious characters in an exclusive private school setting, where the deadly action drives a brilliantly tense, taut and twisty plot. I may never look at my coffee in the same way again."
Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew

"All the dark fun of Election, but with Downing's signature, diabolical spin. For Your Own Good is so utterly unputdownable, I look forward to reading it again. I think even the novel's own trickiest private school teacher, Teddy Crutcher, would have to give it an A+."
Chandler Baker, New York Times bestselling author of Whisper Network
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593101001
ISBN-10: 0593101006
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: July 18th, 2023
Pages: 400
Language: English