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  • I Enjoyed It

    Evelyn Caldwell is a brilliant scientist who has just received a prestigious award for The Caldwell Method. She should be on cloud 9, but her husband recently left her for Martine. What’s worse is that Martine is a genetically cloned replica of Evelyn that her husband secretly created, based on Evelyn’s research. Even worse than that, she receives a frantic call from Martine one day that has her rushing to the home of her soon to be ex-husband, only to find him dead...and blood all over the floor. It’s at this point that I was hooked. This is a truly interesting and original story, and I’m happy to say the scientific elements weren’t too difficult to follow once I got into it. This is more of a suspenseful drama with sci-fi elements than a full-blown thriller...although it does have thriller elements, including two OMG moments. The writing is superb, and I couldn’t help but root for both Evelyn and Martine during the whole fiasco. I’m not sure what I think about the ending. There’s nothing wrong with it, but I might’ve hoped for a bit more intensity. All in all, a compelling and gripping read that should quench the thirst of lovers of many genres.

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  • Clever, unsettling, domestic sci-fi thriller

    The Echo Wife is set in the near future when the science of human cloning has advanced, and the laws surrounding it have changed. Evelyn Caldwell is a brilliant, driven, award-winning scientist who has pioneered advancements in human cloning. She knows what she wants and is clear about it. Evelyn's ex-husband Nathan has used her techniques to make a more docile, agreeable version of her called Martine. The story starts with Nathan's murder. I won't describe the plot more so as to avoid spoilers. The science in this book is absolutely fascinating and the story is well-written, riveting and compelling. I was unable to put it down. The characters are morally grey at the very least and the story raises many ethical issues regarding human cloning. Evelyn's character is well-developed and she grows throughout the story as she learns to become more empathetic. The Echo wife is clever, dark, unsettling and calibrated for maximum squirm. I loved it.

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  • Sci-fans will enjoy this book

    How could there be someone with the exact DNA as you? That could happen if you were cloned. Evelyn and Martine had the same DNA. Evelyn was married to Nathan - both were scientists. Evelyn and Nathan started to drift apart, but Nathan still wanted his wife. To keep her, he cloned Evelyn into Martine. Clones were not to live long. What did Nathan do to keep Evelyn alive? THE ECHO WIFE is way out there and the most bizarre book I have ever read. What the characters did isn't possible in my eyes, and all the scientific information was wordy and tedious for me. Sci-fi fans and readers who enjoy an unbelievable story line should enjoy this book. 3/5 This book was given to me via the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  • A terrifying look at the future.

    I was very impressed with The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey. I could see a book club getting into a great discussion over it with all the ideas about ethics, cloning, feminism, and more. Or it can just be read for enjoyment as a fast paced thriller, and I really hope they turn The Echo Wife into a movie! I can’t go into details because spoilers would start right away. It is one crazy thing after another, and Evelyn handles most of it pretty well. I would be a basket case if it happened to me… but I’m not a scientist with an analytical mind. Even with all the far out scenarios it never felt like a soap opera to me, and the science that is intertwined throughout the book is explained so well that I don’t think anyone would have problems understanding it. So you may be wondering why I didn’t give this excellent book five stars… and there are two reasons, both of which happened more towards the end of the book. The first is I found myself skimming because Evelyn kept going off on tangents about her feelings. This fit with the book, but I didn’t have empathy for her since she is such a cold, but excellently written character. I wanted to find out what was going to happen next and her emotions were dragging the story down. But other readers may really enjoy it. The second, was a couple of scenarios that happened, and Gailey just had the character say, “I didn’t think of this, even though I should have.” To me it felt like a bit of a cop-out and that Gailey just didn’t have a strong way to fix it so just wanted to let it slide by. The rest of the story was so well written that this really stood out to me. Those two little quirks shouldn’t stop you from reading The Echo Wife though, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • Raises so many excellent questions

    Evelyn Caldwell is an award-winning research scientist. She has revolutionized modern adult cloning. On the cusp of taking her research commercial, Evelyn gets a desperate call from Martine, her ex-husband Daniel’s new wife. But Martine didn’t just take Evelyn’s place, she’s a clone of Evelyn. Now Daniel is dead, and Evelyn will stop at nothing to protect the legacy she has built. The Echo Wife is told in the first person from protagonist Evelyn’s point of view. Evelyn is an accomplished scientist who is desperate to maintain her success and reputation, as well as her well-cultivated mannerisms. She is uncomfortable with human emotion, never apologizes, and maintains a generally aloof nature. In direct contrast is Martine, her clone. Martine has been programmed by Evelyn’s ex-husband to be everything Evelyn is not. She is warm, self-sacrificing, maternal. Still, the two have similarities they cannot ignore, which begs the question: What characteristics exactly do we inherit from our DNA alone? The Echo Wife raises so many excellent questions through its intelligent prose. What does it mean to be human? Should clones have rights? Is killing a clone the same as murder? Can personality traits be transferred at a molecular level? As far as the plot, I found it a bit slow. While the concepts are provocative and certainly has moments, not much happens over the 250 pages. The plot exists mainly in the ethical undertones and the questions it raises. Thank you to Tor Books for the review copy! All opinions are my own.

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