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The perfect life. The perfect love. The perfect lie. From the best-selling author of The Girl Before comes a gripping new psychological thriller....
“Mind-bending...Delaney takes domestic suspense beyond its comfort zone.” (The New York Times Book Review)
Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the New York Public Library A Cosmopolitan New Must-Read
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 to question 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 her, half a decade ago?
Beware the man who calls you...
The Perfect Wife.
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 best-selling 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 book. 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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|Listening Length||10 hours and 42 minutes|
|Narrator||Saskia Maarleveld, Graham Halstead, Euan Morton, JP Delaney|
|Audible.ca Release Date||August 06 2019|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #49,864 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#75 in Genetic Engineering Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#519 in Psychological Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#607 in Genetic Engineering Science Fiction (Books)
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An advanced AI companion/robot Invented by her genius husband Tim five-years after her demise and implanted with her memories and personality.
Returning with Tim to her former marital home Abby #2 attempts to acclimatise herself to her new reality with her husband and disabled son.
Told in a then and now fashion this skips between the two-time frames the then narrated by an unknown observer and the now with Abbie the Cobot.
Gradually a picture of events stars to emerge.
This was such a unique and unusual story that captured my imagination almost instantly.
This took me places I wasn't expecting and that finale caught me completely by surprise.
This was not incredibly complicated but it was just so gripping a really great psychological thriller that I managed to read in one entire sitting.
I also loved the inclusion of Danny and how his autism was addressed.
My son has Aspergers totally different end of the scale in terms of functioning but I can still relate somewhat.
I enjoyed this one much more than I thought I would the only thing that let this down for me was as much as I adored being lead down the garden path here in terms of the grand finale I would still have perhaps prefered a different final destination.
That still doesn't take away from the fact that this was such a unique piece of fiction.
That kept me on my toes right until that finish line.
I voluntary reviewed a copy of The Perfect Wife.
Abbie awakes in a hospital with no idea of who she really is or what happened to her. The man who says he is her husband begins to fill in the gaps in her memory. An accident five years ago took her from him. Now stop here if you plan to read the book.....
"She is a miracle of science." In fact she is an AI. Yes, an artificial intelligence one of a kind. Husband Tim runs a high tech company that has the capability to pull off this one of a kind..Project? Miracle?
And this reveal is where I stopped and thought do I really want to read this? I'm not much of a sci-fi reader. But I wanted to see where and how Delaney would inject his suspense and twists, so I kept reading.
Alternating timelines give the reader a look into the 'before' of this marriage. And it is unsettling. However, both the narrator and perspective alternates between second and third person and found this a bit confusing.
So yes, we learn that the marriage and family (they have a son) had/has issues. How is a co-bot (companion robot) going to cope with real life issues? I got more caught up in the story as AI Abbie becomes more sentient. But pragmatic me had a hard time buying into the premise (which is why I don't read a lot of sci-fi). I found the characters (including the human ones) fell all a bit flat for me. The exception to that is their son Danny who has autism. I thought the depiction of both boy and autism to be written really well. It was only on finishing the book, that I learned Delaney has a son with autism.
Delaney is a British author. I found The Perfect Wife reminded me of a British television show called Humans which imagines a world with sentient AI's.
The Perfect Wife was an interesting combo of domestic noir and sci-fi. I can't say I loved it, but I am glad I kept reading. And I will pick up Delaney's next book.
I wish this book was a tiny bit shorter. I did find myself struggling through a few sections, but the ones I liked, they had my full attention.
I loved the concept of the story and the addition of AI was unique and fascinating. Overall probably 3.5 to 4 stars from me, just because I like a faster moving plot. If you like slow burn and want to try something very unique, this is the one for you!
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The premise is immediately gripping, but the story develops slowly and carefully. Initially it may seem like a sci-fi tech thriller, or even a near-future psychological suspense novel. The things that might lead one to those conclusions are, in effect, the backdrop to a much more engaging story.
The author has personal experience with severe autism and trust me, as someone who also has some experience in this area, it is evident in the writing that the author is intensely familiar with the challenges - and the love and, at times, desperation - that come with caring for an autistic child. Yet at the core of this book is the question of what we see as humanity. “But of course Danny isn’t any less human just because he doesn’t have those things. He’s just differently human: someone with an unusual ratio of rigidity to empathy.” “Perhaps the real test of someone’s humanity, you think, is how tenderly they treat those like Danny. Whether they blindly try to fix them and make them more like everyone else, or whether they can accept their differentness and adapt the world to it.”
This is a remarkable book. Sadly, I fear it is being poorly marketed and represented.
However I just couldn't get into this book, there was to much description and even though it was a Sci Fi story it just didn't seem at all plausible.
The premise of using a non humna narrator is not disputed and for a while I enjoyed the narrative and wondering 'is she? isn't she?' ( dead). The input on autism coming from the authors own experience was also very interesting and gave several insights into undertanding some of the experiences of a neuro diverse person. What let this novel down for me was quite simply the plot and the ending. It felt like a rushed denouement stuck on at the end as if a deadline was due rather than a thoughtful way of resolving this nerrative. Yes it does comply with a cynical view of nothing really changing and the 'heroine', as always, being expendable and replaceable but that again was already done in Stepford Wives in two different ways depending on which one you watch. I'm not sure how 'Abbie' took that story much further? In short, loved the idea but not so much the execution .