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  • An unusual but interesting read

    Abbie wakes to find herself in hospital but doesn't remember how or why she is there. Her husband, Tim tries to explain but then drops the bombshell that she is, in fact an AI robot made in the likeness of her former self and has "uploaded" various memories. She struggles to come to terms with this, particularly as she starts to get memories and feelings that had not been uploaded to her system. As time goes on, she finds that her marriage may not have been as wonderful as Tim makes out and sets out to try to find what happened to the "real" Abbie. An unusual storyline that flips between the "real" Abbie and how her and Tim met and current day on the AI Abbie. You soon start to realise Tim's true nature and feel for Abbie's situation and the twists keep you guessing on what did happen five years ago. A great read and will look for other books by JP Delaney to read.

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  • A fun read

    This was a chilling read. My first book by JP Delaney, this story amalgamated sci-fi with a thriller. Tim lost his wife Abbie and created a cobot of his wife which had the memories of his missing human wife. The cobot started behaving like a human exactly how Abbie would behave. Soon the cobot Abbie started to figure out that everything was not as it was presumed to be. The author's style of writing though different and difficult to follow initially soon was Gripping as the story progressed. The book explored artificial intelligence which is one of my favorite topics. Though a bit more technological than usual, it was still fun to read through it. The twists kept my interest going as the secrets were revealed layer by layer. Overall, a fun fantastic read.

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  • Sci-fi Thriller

    When Abbie wakes up with no idea who she is or what has happened to her, her husband Tim is more than happy to fill in the gaps. But what secrets are hiding within her past? The blurb of The Perfect Wife is a little misleading; I had the impression that Abbie would have no idea what she was – a woman woken up from a traumatic accident and told bits about her life only to find something more sinister lurking beneath the surface. However, 3 pages in (so not a spoiler!) we are told Abbie is actually a very intelligent AI system, brought to life in the image of her maker’s wife. She struggles with the idea of her existence as she tries to find out more about the life her maker and his wife had before she was created. The book is split into two perspectives – the second person tense account of the robot Abbie and the third person of someone else retelling the past. The changes in narrative work really nicely together and the second tense chapters are done very well. We feel a lot of empathy for the Robot Abbie as she comes to terms with having a downloaded human personality and a synthetic body. The plot is very nicely paced and gives small pieces of information away in a trickle until we are racing towards an action-packed finale. I have read that a few people found the ending confusing and although it isn’t quite what I expected to happen I personally didn’t have a problem understanding it – it was an interesting twist! I also really enjoyed the characterisations explored in the book – particularly Danny who has late onset autism. I found the chapters that included him to be very heart-warming and he felt very fleshed out and well-researched as a character. The asides to his treatment and behaviour therapy were also very interesting. Tim’s colder and ambitious side was also well detailed and the fact we empathised with the robot version of Abbie shows real skill in J.P. Delaney’s work. The writing in general was a joy to read – producing an easy to read book which kept me gripped throughout. Overall, The Perfect Wife is well-written Sci-Fi with a thriller angle and I highly recommend it. Thank you to NetGalley & Quercus Books for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Loved it!

    I couldn't put this down! Brilliantly written, with jumps back in time and to the present day that didn't confuse me. Brilliantly blending psychology with AI.

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  • Wow, The Perfect Wife!!!

    Excellent read. Highly recommend. I Enjoyed every page.

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