The Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ummm… What did I just read? This book was not what I was expecting! What an original story idea!
Having loved Delaney’s previous books The Girl Before and Believe Me I knew I was going to be in for a treat, but this book was…different. In a good way – just different. First of all, it very much blurs the lines between thriller and sci-fi. I’m not usually a fan of sci-fi, but in this book it totally works. Delaney is a master writer, and he does a great job of setting things up in a realistic (if that’s possible for sci-fi? lol) way. Every twist and turn was perfectly executed, the themes are wonderfully explored (hello book clubs!) and Abbie was an exquisitely drawn character.
When Abbie goes missing, still not found after five years, her tech-genius husband, Tim, recreates her as a co-bot (companion robot). But the more Abbie finds out about her life, the more she begins to question everything she’s being told. And so she decides to find out what happened to the real Abbie.
Original, clever and intriguing, I couldn’t put the book down because the story itself was so unique. I did find the use of second person extremely distracting at first, but I got used to it and realized at the end why this was a necessary storytelling tool. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the book since I read it!
Thank you to NetGalley for my copy of The Perfect Wife in exchange for my honest opinion.