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Saturday, May 11, 2019

The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney


The Perfect Wife

The Perfect Wife
written by JP Delaney
ISBN: 1524796743
published by Ballantine Books
   an imprint of Penguin Random House


available August 6, 2019


 The Perfect Wife




My Review:

The Perfect Wife is a cross between a good mystery and a sci-fi, techno-thriller. On the one hand, you have a wife that is missing and all the juicy unanswered questions that go along with that. On the other hand, you have a robotic-companion, created by a "distraught husband" that is the spitting image of the missing wife. What? Yep! The technological genius built an exact replica of his missing wife. Now everyone that has lost someone you love can relate to wanting them back - to missing them so much it is literally painful. But to go so far as to build a robotic resemblance  - - -that is just plain creepy. Not to mention the ramifications of such a thing on the children. Morally, ethically, where do we draw the techno line? How far is too far?

But let's table that deep stuff and concentrate on the story. Delaney does a pretty good job of keeping the reader unsure and guessing. The technology is frightening and all too real. When robo-Abbie begins to question not only her programmed memories but the programmer, I literally felt my rate double. The unusual use of second person narration made the story read oddly to me. Maybe it's just me and other readers will be fine with it. I found it interrupted the flow and made it feel choppy and disjointed. While I understand the differentiation between the characters, I feel there was a better way to present this to the reader. I don't read science fiction very often, so you don't have to be a sci-fi lover to enjoy this novel. The science is interesting and scarrie but it doesn't dominate nor drive the story. At its' core, this is a suspense/thriller and it's a pretty-darned-good-one.

Happy Reading,

RJ


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Synopsis:

The perfect life. The perfect love. The perfect lie. From the bestselling author of The Girl Before comes a gripping new psychological thriller. . . . "Dynamic, razor-sharp, and thought-provoking . . . a cutting-edge suspense novel unlike any you've read before."--Mary Kubica, New York Times
bestselling author of The Good Girl

Abbie awakens in a daze with no memory of who she is or how she landed in this unsettling condition. The man by her side claims to be her husband. He's a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley's most innovative start-ups. He tells Abbie that she is a gifted artist, an avid surfer, a loving mother to their young son, and the perfect wife. He says she had a terrible accident five years ago and that, through a huge technological breakthrough, she has been brought back from the abyss. She is a miracle of science. But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins questioning her husband's motives--and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together forever? And what really happened to Abbie half a decade ago? Beware the man who calls you . . . THE PERFECT WIFE

Advance praise for The Perfect Wife

"A twisty, completely original psychological thriller that grabs you from the start and doesn't let go until the very end."--Karen Cleveland, New York Times bestselling author of Need to Know

"Seriously, amazingly, awesomely brilliant. . . . speculative fiction mixed up with a mind-bendingly twisty psycho thriller! I devoured it."--C. J. Tudor, author of The Chalk Man

"A tour de force. . . . The Perfect Wife is a chilling and uniquely disturbing twenty-first-century twist on the unreliable narrator that makes for a compulsive and deeply thought-provoking psychological thriller. It asks troubling questions about selfhood and 'souls' and what makes us human, and plays them out in a compelling psychological thriller."--Cara Hunter, author of Close to Home

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