The Perfect Wife
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 GirlAbbie 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 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

The Perfect Wife Details

TitleThe Perfect Wife
Author
ReleaseAug 6th, 2019
PublisherBallantine Books
ISBN-139781524796747
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense, Mystery Thriller

The Perfect Wife Review

  • Felicia
    January 1, 1970
    If Westworld and The Stepford Wives and Sleeping With the Enemy and Gone Girl had a baby, J.P. Delaney would be the baby daddy. _________________________________"You don't change the future without changing the rules."_________________________________The last thing I want to do is ruin the experience of reading this book by divulging too much with my review so I'll just say this:OOOOOOOOMMMMMMMGGGGGG!akaI loved it!akaI couldn't put it down!akaDelaney's best book yet!*** A gigantical thank you to If Westworld and The Stepford Wives and Sleeping With the Enemy and Gone Girl had a baby, J.P. Delaney would be the baby daddy. _________________________________"You don't change the future without changing the rules."_________________________________The last thing I want to do is ruin the experience of reading this book by divulging too much with my review so I'll just say this:OOOOOOOOMMMMMMMGGGGGG!akaI loved it!akaI couldn't put it down!akaDelaney's best book yet!*** A gigantical thank you to Random House Publishing for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. ***
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  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    JP Delaney establishes his reputation for intelligent, complex, thought provoking, beautifully written psychological thrillers with his latest offering. It is a blend of AI with its spectacular groundbreaking, cutting edge scientific breakthroughs and family drama with its sinister and creepy overtones that drive the narrative. Simultaneously, it asks some of the deepest philosophical questions, of ethics and morality, what it is to be human, and the question of what it is that comprises our ide JP Delaney establishes his reputation for intelligent, complex, thought provoking, beautifully written psychological thrillers with his latest offering. It is a blend of AI with its spectacular groundbreaking, cutting edge scientific breakthroughs and family drama with its sinister and creepy overtones that drive the narrative. Simultaneously, it asks some of the deepest philosophical questions, of ethics and morality, what it is to be human, and the question of what it is that comprises our identity. Abbie is the eponymous 'perfect wife' with its echoes of the Stepford Wives, who awakens in hospital after 5 years, with no memories of who she is and how she came to be here. The man beside her tells her she is his perfect wife, and wonderful mother to their autistic son, Danny, and the victim of a dreadful accident five years ago. He tells her he wants them to be together forever. Can Abbie trust him and his version of events?Tim Scott is a Silicon Valley tech CEO, a powerful man and billionaire, a socially awkward and tyrannical personality who makes impossible demands of his workforce. Abbie is the polar opposite of Tim, she is a free spirited and impulsive, stunningly beautiful, and artistically creative. Strangely hired by Tim as an artist in residence, her art serves as a social and questioning commentary on Tim's flawed and damaging management style but surprisingly, he is not put out or angered by this. In fact, the two end up getting married, and whilst I know the trope of opposites attracting has a strong foundation in truth, I must admit I struggled to see Tim as a an attractive proposition for any woman, with few traits that could contribute to him being suitable marriage material. Still it takes all sorts to make the world, and they have a son, although there are what might be the expected differences of opinions and perspectives within their marriage, on the autistic Danny, and his future and upbringing. Delaney introduces the reader to the extraordinary concept of the cobot, the phenomena of AI developments in learning and development, and to the contradictory notion that AI might give us a more humane 'human', juxtaposing this with the human 'inhumanity' of Tim. This an intense and compulsive read that takes the reader into the scary possibilities in technological developments that do not necessarily feel that far fetched. Interweaved with this is the family drama and intrigue, a story of twists and turns, surprising the reader time and time again. This is a suspenseful novel which poses some fundamental questions, touching on misogyny, the nature of marriage, family, autism, what it is to be a parent and asks just how desirable is it to chase the goal of 'perfection'? A fascinating and highly engaging read. Many thanks to Quercus for an ARC.
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  • Dita
    January 1, 1970
    This book is crazy and NOTHING like most of what I read. I am on record as being solidly anti sci-fi but this is JP Delaney we are talking about so naturally, it is mesmerizing, compulsively readable, disturbing and fascinating.I don't want to give too much away but this book is part cautionary tale about artificial intelligence, part domestic thriller and part heartfelt story of a family navigating the challenges of a child with autism......and somehow it works!!!It's some crazy business but wh This book is crazy and NOTHING like most of what I read. I am on record as being solidly anti sci-fi but this is JP Delaney we are talking about so naturally, it is mesmerizing, compulsively readable, disturbing and fascinating.I don't want to give too much away but this book is part cautionary tale about artificial intelligence, part domestic thriller and part heartfelt story of a family navigating the challenges of a child with autism......and somehow it works!!!It's some crazy business but whoooooo, what a ride.Thank you to the spectacular, never disappointing JP Delaney, thank you to Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine Books, and thank you to NetGalley for this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Imagine all the people......(John Lennon)But what if the people are really not the people who say they are the people?J.P. Delaney creates a whirlwind of opposing ideas and characters marching to different drummers and hearing rhythms not privy to all. Buckle your seatbelts. The Perfect Wife is at the wheel and it's gonna be a rough, rough ride.Abbie Cullen, talented artist and superb surfer, died under strange circumstances over five years ago. Yet, she wakes one morning groggy and trying to so Imagine all the people......(John Lennon)But what if the people are really not the people who say they are the people?J.P. Delaney creates a whirlwind of opposing ideas and characters marching to different drummers and hearing rhythms not privy to all. Buckle your seatbelts. The Perfect Wife is at the wheel and it's gonna be a rough, rough ride.Abbie Cullen, talented artist and superb surfer, died under strange circumstances over five years ago. Yet, she wakes one morning groggy and trying to sort out her whereabouts. Slivers of memory crash and dive within her confused mind. Her husband, Tim, is by her side shocked to see her stirring. Tim is the CEO and founder of Scott Robotics in Silicon Valley. He's an absolute wizard at what he does with versions of AI. He dotes on Abbie and their young son, Danny, who is autistic. And it is Tim's obsession with his wife and son that will send this story into the speed cycle. He bought Abbie a multi-million dollar beach house for an engagement gift. He researches every advancement and new technique in regard to autism, sending little Danny to schools he alone deems worthy.But there's something a bit off with this cozy little family.....way off. And it's best that you peek behind the elegant draperies yourself to see what is amiss. Not going to give away a single nugget here. Just gonna let you trip over a few boulders on your way in.J.P. Delaney has upped the ante in this one. I've read The Girl Before and Believe Me and enjoyed them both. This one was hit out of the ballpark for sure with its original storyline and features. Delaney presents scenarios that tip the scientific cup of morality and ethics. Just because you can, should you? Hmmmm......I received a copy of The Perfect Wife through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Ballantine Books and to J.P. Delaney for the opportunity.
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  • Selena
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free e-copy of The Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney from NetGalley for my honest review.The Perfect Wife is like no book I have read before. It is a Sci-fi Thriller.Tim Scott, famous entrepreneur, is married to Abbie Cullen. One day she goes missing while surfing in rough waters. Five years later, Tim builds a robot re-creation of his wife (cobot Abbie). This robot can talk, and was created to have emotions and even memories. Not just any memories though, they are Abbie's memories. Litt I received a free e-copy of The Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney from NetGalley for my honest review.The Perfect Wife is like no book I have read before. It is a Sci-fi Thriller.Tim Scott, famous entrepreneur, is married to Abbie Cullen. One day she goes missing while surfing in rough waters. Five years later, Tim builds a robot re-creation of his wife (cobot Abbie). This robot can talk, and was created to have emotions and even memories. Not just any memories though, they are Abbie's memories. Little by little cobot Abbie is becoming more human with her behavior and the way she thinks. She is soon on a quest for answers about what caused the accident five years ago. What really happened five years ago? Was Abbie murdered or did she walk away from her family? What kind of secrets is Tim holding onto?
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  • Malia
    January 1, 1970
    It took me a long time to finish this book, although it's far from boring. The concept of an AI version of a real person seems scarily realistic and provided an intriguing premise. I don't want to give anything away, and I know this book remains months from publication, but it might be my favorite by Delaney so far, even if it took me a while to get through. There were a few plot holes and I could see a few of the twists coming, but all in all, it was a really clever book and one I suspect I won It took me a long time to finish this book, although it's far from boring. The concept of an AI version of a real person seems scarily realistic and provided an intriguing premise. I don't want to give anything away, and I know this book remains months from publication, but it might be my favorite by Delaney so far, even if it took me a while to get through. There were a few plot holes and I could see a few of the twists coming, but all in all, it was a really clever book and one I suspect I won't be quick to forget.Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of The Perfect Wife in exchange for an honest review.Find more reviews and bookish fun at http://www.princessandpen.com
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    Tim has lost his wife Abbie and five years later has a clone made using his wife's memories to make her as lifelike as possible but with a few alterations to make her the perfect wife.The clone is finding it difficult to fit in and as more and more memories come to her she begins to look into what actually happened to Tim's wife.This is a thriller that makes you think about the way technology is evolving.Thank you to NetGalley and Quercus Books for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Monika Sadowski
    January 1, 1970
    After I started to read this psychological thriller, I was nicely surprised. It is about marriage and their problems but in the same time this novel is different than other typical thrillers. I liked Abbie a lot and I also enjoyed reading about her autistic son Danny. Definitely a one day read with twists and turns till the end. Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for a free copy in exchange for an honest review
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  • Sheyla ✎
    January 1, 1970
    "I'm so happy you're finally here. That we're together again, at last." Well, I wasn't expecting this. The synopsis is a little bit deceiving. Since I don't want to ruin the experience for anyone else, I'll hold off from divulging too much.The Perfect Wife is a creepy novel. The mystery centers around a young mother, Abbie Cullen What really happened to her? Abbi is an artist who's hired by a robotics company and here is where she meets the owner, Tim, a millionaire tech guide. She proceeds to "I'm so happy you're finally here. That we're together again, at last." Well, I wasn't expecting this. The synopsis is a little bit deceiving. Since I don't want to ruin the experience for anyone else, I'll hold off from divulging too much.The Perfect Wife is a creepy novel. The mystery centers around a young mother, Abbie Cullen What really happened to her? Abbi is an artist who's hired by a robotics company and here is where she meets the owner, Tim, a millionaire tech guide. She proceeds to marry him and they have a child together, Danny. Then, like waking up from a dream, Abbie opens her eyes and she can't remember much of what has happened to her life in the last five years. When she wakes up, the only face she recognizes is her husband's. Tim tells her she has been gone for five years. It will be up to Abbie to put the pieces of her life back together.The Perfect Wife had a component of suspense combined with sci-fi. There is a lot of tech talk and AI information which is extremely intriguing to me. Our world is constantly morphing because of it. AI is everywhere and will only surround us more. Do I love AI? Absolutely. Some of the things related to technology in this book are probably already in the works by some crazy people. It wouldn't surprise. J.P. Delaney brings many good questions to the table and some of them are quite scary.I did have some issues in regards to the ending. Specifically with what happens with Abbie. (view spoiler)[Why after everything robot Abbie does, she has to die? The real Abbie already died. Why does the evil predator win? Is the premise of the book that no matter what, the men will always win? Yes, Robot Tim might kill the real Tim but what if he doesn't? Then still a male robot wins. It doesn't help either Abbie. No justice for human Abbie or robot Abbie. (hide spoiler)]Cliffhanger: No3/5 FangsA complimentary copy was provided by Ballantine Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    Another interesting concept from J.P. Delaney!If like me, you were disappointed with The Girl Before i would recommend giving this book a chance. The concepts are very different and in my opinion, this was better executed. This story focuses on an A.I "cobot" (companion robot) who was built by a famous scientist trying to replicate his presumed dead wife. You follow Abbie 2.0 struggle with adapting to this new form whilst trying to remember as much as she can from her old life. There is a myster Another interesting concept from J.P. Delaney!If like me, you were disappointed with The Girl Before i would recommend giving this book a chance. The concepts are very different and in my opinion, this was better executed. This story focuses on an A.I "cobot" (companion robot) who was built by a famous scientist trying to replicate his presumed dead wife. You follow Abbie 2.0 struggle with adapting to this new form whilst trying to remember as much as she can from her old life. There is a mystery surrounding what happened to the OG Abbie which is full of twists and turns and comes to a satisfying conclusion.Much of the story is told in second person which i usually find irritating but in this instance found to be very engaging.As with most books i did find myself having issues with the pacing toward the middle but was otherwise pretty engrossed in this story.
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  • Seema Rao
    January 1, 1970
    Disturbing ~ Intricately-plotted ~ Eerietl;dr: Bots can be babes? Or maybe, robot wifes are the best wifes...WOW. I can't wait to find someone who has read this one. The Perfect Wife takes one some of the most challenging issues of today: AI, me too, wealth disparity, euthanasia (sort of), genetic treatment, and makes them into a surprising compelling novel. This book pulls you in within the first line, and you don't want to stop until you are done. As a voracious reader, I rarely feel as if I h Disturbing ~ Intricately-plotted ~ Eerietl;dr: Bots can be babes? Or maybe, robot wifes are the best wifes...WOW. I can't wait to find someone who has read this one. The Perfect Wife takes one some of the most challenging issues of today: AI, me too, wealth disparity, euthanasia (sort of), genetic treatment, and makes them into a surprising compelling novel. This book pulls you in within the first line, and you don't want to stop until you are done. As a voracious reader, I rarely feel as if I have read something new. While robots and automaton romances exists (Androids do dream), this books combines tight writing with intricate plotting to create something wholly new. I am stunned at how much this book stayed with me after finishing the story. Delaney has created a mystery that is at one a page-turner and also a meditation on motherhood and marriage. This book combines the best of literary introspection with thriller-like pacing. Bravo for an exception effort. Also notice how I didn't retell any of the plot. Well, that's because I invite you to read this one blind. Makes for a better ride. Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Seema Rao Write : Instagram| Blog| Twitter|
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  • Miki Mackennedy
    January 1, 1970
    Tech billionaire Tim Scott's wife is dead, or missing, or...Abbie Cullen-Scott has disappeared and nobody is quite sure if she has committed suicide or been murdered or run away. Her husband uses his tech company and brings her back to life in the form of a cobot (a companion robot). Has he created a replacement for the wife he loved so much? Is he just using her as a proto-type to launch his next AI money maker or is this something else entirely?I found the plot to be very well paced, even with Tech billionaire Tim Scott's wife is dead, or missing, or...Abbie Cullen-Scott has disappeared and nobody is quite sure if she has committed suicide or been murdered or run away. Her husband uses his tech company and brings her back to life in the form of a cobot (a companion robot). Has he created a replacement for the wife he loved so much? Is he just using her as a proto-type to launch his next AI money maker or is this something else entirely?I found the plot to be very well paced, even with 2 distinct time lines. One timeline told from the point of view of Abbie, the cobot, who at first learns as chunks of memory data are uploaded or retrieved and later her learning becomes more organic and autonomous. The second timeline is told from the point of view of an unknown insider that's been with the tech company from its earliest days. The intersect of those timelines resulted in and ending that was – WOW. Not what I was expecting. This is a very interesting story that has the reader thinking about what it is to be human, while stretching the boundaries of the possible with self-aware AI. The peeks into the world of life as a parent of a child on the autism spectrum and the pathways of learning and understanding and teaching are also very thought provoking.There is enough detail given throughout that I was convinced that I could see what had happened, only to toss that theory aside and come up with a new one over and over. The end was so full of twist after turn after false start and doubling back that the pages just could not turn fast enough. I would recommend this to readers who enjoy thrillers, mystery and a little light sci-fi. Overall a great read.Thank you to NetGalley and to the publisher for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you, Ballantine Books!ARC received and I couldn't be happier about adding this to my summer reading list...
  • Dita
    January 1, 1970
    This book is crazy and NOTHING like most of what I read. I am on record as being solidly anti sci-fi but this is JP Delaney we are talking about so naturally it is mesmerizing, compulsively readable, disturbing and fascinating.I don't want to give too much away but this book is part cautionary tale about artificial intelligence, part domestic thriller and part heartfelt story of a family navigating the challenges of a child with autism......and somehow it works!!!It's some crazy business but who This book is crazy and NOTHING like most of what I read. I am on record as being solidly anti sci-fi but this is JP Delaney we are talking about so naturally it is mesmerizing, compulsively readable, disturbing and fascinating.I don't want to give too much away but this book is part cautionary tale about artificial intelligence, part domestic thriller and part heartfelt story of a family navigating the challenges of a child with autism......and somehow it works!!!It's some crazy business but whoooooo, what a ride.Thank you to the spectacular, never disappointing JP Delaney, thank you to Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine Books, and thank you to NetGalley for this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Stacey Camp
    January 1, 1970
    **5 stars**If you have read my blog or Instagram feed, you'll know I am a huge JP Delaney fan. His books hook you from the very first page right until the very last!His latest book, The Perfect Wife, is no exception. If you like cleverly written character driven thrillers with jaw-dropping twists, Delaney is a must read. The Perfect Wife takes place in the competitive, misogynistic environment of Silicon Valley, a place where tech giants will go to astounding (and unethical) lengths to ensure th **5 stars**If you have read my blog or Instagram feed, you'll know I am a huge JP Delaney fan. His books hook you from the very first page right until the very last!His latest book, The Perfect Wife, is no exception. If you like cleverly written character driven thrillers with jaw-dropping twists, Delaney is a must read. The Perfect Wife takes place in the competitive, misogynistic environment of Silicon Valley, a place where tech giants will go to astounding (and unethical) lengths to ensure they make the most money and have the most power. The book explores how far Tim, a tech CEO and billionaire, will go to pursue perfection in his life and in his soulmate.Tim founds an innovative AI (artificial intelligence) company that provides "shopbots" for department stores. Shopbots are designed to replace salespeople in stores, as they are more efficient, cheaper, and can intuitively determine a customer's needs. Tim rules his company with an iron fist; the ground quakes when he's angry, and his employees are accustomed to his ridicule when they fail to live up to Tim's impossibly high standards.Given Tim's authoritarian temperament, one would not expect him to be drawn to the arts. But he announces that he is hiring an artist in residence for the company, much to the shock and surprise of his employees. The artist's name is Abbie, and she is everything Tim is not: free-spirited, creative, artistic, go-with-the-flow, impulsive, and laid-back. She is also drop-dead gorgeous.Abbie observes the employees and Tim, and makes art that reflects these interactions. Her art becomes a commentary on the abuse Tim's employees suffer under Tim's management. His employees expect a backlash from Tim, but instead, Tim seeks to take the art to heart, changing his management style while Abbie is around. Tim also starts to court Abbie, who, surprisingly, accepts his advances. They end up getting married and having one child, a son named Danny, who is on the spectrum.Tragedy strikes Tim when Abbie disappears from their sprawling mansion on the sea, her body never recovered from the ocean.  Some people speculate that Abbie's past as a wild child caught up with her; others wonder if the pressure of raising a child on the spectrum drove her to depression and ultimately suicide. Many assume that Tim killed her given his controlling nature, but he is acquitted of all charges and set free to continue to rule his empire at work. Imagine his employees' shock when Tim reveals he has remade Abbie in the form of a "cobot," or companion AI. Abbie's memories and past have been downloaded from a cloud of social media about her. The new Abbie realizes, however, that parts of her past are missing, including what happened the day the "real" Abbie went missing. AI Abbie also discovers that the "real" Abbie and Tim disagreed on their son, Danny's treatment. Tim wanted not only the "perfect wife," but also the "perfect son." He wanted the latter so much that he was willing to place his son in an experimental school, one that is known for corporeal punishment.Tim's drive for money, fortune, success, and perfection makes him seem less human than Abbie the AI. This makes the reader ponder if AIs might have the potential to be more thoughtful, more caring, and more human than their makers. As Abbie the AI astutely observes, "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 accept their differentness and adapt the world to it." I greatly enjoyed the deep, philosophical questions this novel raises about humanity and AI, as well as about how people on the spectrum should be treated in this world. Delaney is especially sensitive to and well versed on issues relating to autism: his adult son is on the spectrum (and serves, I am guessing, as a mirror for the character of Danny in his book) and Delaney has devoted his life to caring for him. This book has a lot of heart for a thriller; it will make you reflect on what it truly means to be a sentient human being.Thank you to the author, JP Delaney, Random House, and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy of the thrilling The Perfect Wife.  For more of my book reviews visit me here: Book Review Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
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  • Lee
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, this is an amazing psychological thriller! This thriller kept pulling me in compelling me to keep reading to discover what was going to happen next. It has an extremely clever and highly entertaining and thought provoking plot with just enough suspense to keep you guessing. Gripping, intriguing, compelling with an absolutely awesome ending. I was fortunate to receive this novel from Netgalley as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.
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  • Roma Sharma
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: this rating is based on me treating this book as sci-fi and not a thriller. I’ve read other books by this author and liked them so when I saw this one I was really hopeful. However this one was not for me. This book is a mix of sci-if and thriller genre and somehow it just doesn’t blend too well for me. I almost gave up since sci-fi isn’t my preferred genre but carried on due to the fact that it was authored by J.P. Delaney. Overall its not a bad book. It’s in the wrong genre maybe, Disclaimer: this rating is based on me treating this book as sci-fi and not a thriller. I’ve read other books by this author and liked them so when I saw this one I was really hopeful. However this one was not for me. This book is a mix of sci-if and thriller genre and somehow it just doesn’t blend too well for me. I almost gave up since sci-fi isn’t my preferred genre but carried on due to the fact that it was authored by J.P. Delaney. Overall its not a bad book. It’s in the wrong genre maybe, or maybe I’m not ‘with’ the times to enjoy this genre amalgamation much. In the day of Black Mirror I do think this book will have many fans. But it wasn’t a book I’d recommend to someone looking for a thriller. A robot for a wife? Dominating much? I’m all for artificial intelligence and the self learning abilities of Abbie the bot were interesting. The robot’s learning of human Abbie’s secrets was very unique and added some mystery to the plot overall. It was suspenseful but again I had a hard time reading a thriller where the premise was completely unreal, for now. Tim was not likable at all and there is no plausible reason why the human Abbie was with him to begin with. The character development in this book was sub par, I had higher expectations on that front from J.P. Delaney. The ending did not leave me satisfied and only reinforced my reluctance to read to sci-fi.Thank you NetGalley and Random House for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.#NetGalley, #ThePerfectWifeAlso shared on: https://romasharma.blogspot.com
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  • Melike
    January 1, 1970
    I was very impressed by this psychological thriller with AI (artificial intelligence) robots, a missing woman, her autistic son, and a tech billionaire husband. It was different than anything I’ve read recently which helped keep my interest throughout the book. It was fascinating to read about the AI robots, it raises a lot of questions about the ethics of artificial intelligence. I thought the difficulties and the challenges of having a child on the autism spectrum were covered so well. And las I was very impressed by this psychological thriller with AI (artificial intelligence) robots, a missing woman, her autistic son, and a tech billionaire husband. It was different than anything I’ve read recently which helped keep my interest throughout the book. It was fascinating to read about the AI robots, it raises a lot of questions about the ethics of artificial intelligence. I thought the difficulties and the challenges of having a child on the autism spectrum were covered so well. And lastly, the villain in this story is unforgettable for me, very creepy and scary. I am glad I was given the chance to read this book as an ARC. Thank you, NetGalley and Ballentine books for this opportunity. It was the first book I read by this author and it certainly won’t be my last.
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  • Melissa Borsey
    January 1, 1970
    After having read and loved The Girl Before, mostly because of the creative storyline, I was very excited to receive a copy of this book. What a book! Creative, Creepy, Captivating! A robot designed to be an exact replica for a dead wife, but why? The answer to this isn't so simple and neither is this book. Loved the ending! I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this great book.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    When that book you are initially unsure about blows you away, there's no better feeling! I have enjoyed JP Delaney's prior work but when I saw the mention of robots in the description I immediately went "ugh." However, I was feeling a bit stale on my thrillers and decided to try something different. I was hooked from the very beginning on Tim Scott and his "wife" - Abbie Cullen-Scott. Tim, a Steve Jobs esque Silicon Valley CEO has created a robot version of his dead wife. Um ok. But, as Delaney When that book you are initially unsure about blows you away, there's no better feeling! I have enjoyed JP Delaney's prior work but when I saw the mention of robots in the description I immediately went "ugh." However, I was feeling a bit stale on my thrillers and decided to try something different. I was hooked from the very beginning on Tim Scott and his "wife" - Abbie Cullen-Scott. Tim, a Steve Jobs esque Silicon Valley CEO has created a robot version of his dead wife. Um ok. But, as Delaney says, this is NOT a techno-thriller or Sci-Fi, it's a psychological thriller with an AI element - which plays out incredibly well. The Perfect Wife is full of twists and turns that I did not see coming but fit with the storyline and characters perfectly, not one that leaves you saying "that was so out of left-field it didn't work" - and that was just what this book needed to keep it grounded in normalcy. I can't say enough how much I enjoyed this book but I can urge you to pre-order it for August!I received an advance copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • J.A. Schneider
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. So very different, original, stunning in its conception. Some reviewers will call it dystopian; at times Stepford Wives kept coming to me. The main character, Abbie, is a robot woman created by her tech genius husband, Tim, as an experiment to replace his missing wife. But she has feelings just like we imagine the real Abbie had. So...this story is fascinating, but I felt a certain frustration - an almost coldness in that we don’t know if we can trust Tim, or anyone else in the story or eve Wow. So very different, original, stunning in its conception. Some reviewers will call it dystopian; at times Stepford Wives kept coming to me. The main character, Abbie, is a robot woman created by her tech genius husband, Tim, as an experiment to replace his missing wife. But she has feelings just like we imagine the real Abbie had. So...this story is fascinating, but I felt a certain frustration - an almost coldness in that we don’t know if we can trust Tim, or anyone else in the story or even Abbie’s memories. This came close to being a five star book, but those are the reasons I could only give a four. Thank you to the publishers at NetGalley for inviting me to read the advanced copy for review. Delaney’s writing and creativity are amazing, brilliant, and it's definitely a page-turner.
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  • Giulia
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this book, the writing was solid and the story moved at a good pace. I just could not get over the perfection of the main character--even before her transformation she really could do nothing wrong. The Perfect Wife was very cleverly put together and I wanted to find out just how exactly the author would end this. I thoroughly enjoyed J.P. Delaney's "Believe Me" and "The Perfect Wife" was good but it just did not blow me away like "Believe Me" did. I still recommend to anyone who likes t I liked this book, the writing was solid and the story moved at a good pace. I just could not get over the perfection of the main character--even before her transformation she really could do nothing wrong. The Perfect Wife was very cleverly put together and I wanted to find out just how exactly the author would end this. I thoroughly enjoyed J.P. Delaney's "Believe Me" and "The Perfect Wife" was good but it just did not blow me away like "Believe Me" did. I still recommend to anyone who likes the "Stepford Wives" suspenseful story.Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read and review.
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  • Obsidian
    January 1, 1970
    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley for free. This did not affect my rating or review.So, I was pretty vocal about how badly I disliked "The Girl Before." So you are probably wondering what in the world caused me to willingly pick out "The Perfect Wife" to review. Well, I heard that it had a lot of science fiction elements in it and since I want to read more science fiction this year I decided to go for it. I initially thought it was going to be something superficial, but Delaney Please note that I received this book via NetGalley for free. This did not affect my rating or review.So, I was pretty vocal about how badly I disliked "The Girl Before." So you are probably wondering what in the world caused me to willingly pick out "The Perfect Wife" to review. Well, I heard that it had a lot of science fiction elements in it and since I want to read more science fiction this year I decided to go for it. I initially thought it was going to be something superficial, but Delaney works in the science fiction aspects very well. I am a bit disappointed though that other reviewers gave away the jaw dropping beginning (don't do that!) though was happy I was unspoiled for the rest of this. "The Perfect Wife" does a great job of showing Abbie before when she first meets her husband Tim and then what life is like now that she has waken up. The only reason why I didn't give this five stars is that parts of the book dragged here and there. Also, I wish that we had some confirmations on some loose threads that Delaney left dangling."The Perfect Wife" follows a woman named Abbie. She wakes up in a room and is told that five years ago she was in an accident, and the man that is looming over her is her husband Tim. Abbie quickly finds out she is ready to go home with her husband Tim who she barely remembers. Abbie's memories slowly start to come back and she remembers that Tim is a CEO of a company focused on developing cobots (companion robots) and he is up there with Steve Jobs and Bill Gates in terms of money and influence in the tech industry. Abbie also realizes that she and Tim had a son together, Danny. Danny was diagnosed with Heller's disease (FYI, this is a childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD) and is a rare pervasive developmental disorder which involves regression of developmental ability in language, social function and motor skills) and worries that her son won't remember her and she is scared that her being away/sick has caused his condition to worsen. However, Abbie returns to her home and finds it pretty much unchanged from when she was there last. And after a while Abbie starts to find clues that things were not all champagne and roses with Tim.So first off. We have after Abbie (who we get to follow via first person point of view) and before Abbie (who we only hear about via an anonymous narrator). You realize right away why there are differences between Abbie before and after. Abbie before seems more confident and all of the dialogue showing how she was when she was first hired by Tim to be an artist in residence at his company showed a woman who was not going to be bowled over by anyone. Slowly though via the Abbie before and after you start to get a better picture of Abbie and also of Tim. Abbie is warned here and there about Tim who starts to do what he can to attract Abbie and start to date her. You are left with two people who it sounds like fell in love and then got dealt a terrible hand when their son was diagnosed with Heller. However, that's just a small part of the story. I can't really get into this character much without spoiling, but I thought the way that Delaney handled Abbie was very good. I had sympathy for both versions that we are shown and loved how it ended.Tim is a typical tech bro that seems to have softened up when he met and fell in love with Abbie. It seems that Tim only sees Abbie as perfect, she's the perfect wife and mother. He doesn't see anything wrong with her at all.We also get a lot of secondary characters that I thought were developed very well. We have Abbie after interacting with Tim's best friend who also works at the company (Mark), Mark's wife Jenny (who also works for Tim), Abbie's sister Lisa, and Danny's therapist that seems to party live in and take care of him. The writing I thought was good. I was initially worried when we went back and forth, but I see why Delaney did that. You also have the narrator becoming more and more omnipotent about things after a while and you realize why that is at the end. Delaney also did a good job with talking about and showing how the tech industry even years in the future still has a whole dude bro culture that needs changed. I also thought it was great that Delaney showed us the answer to a certain extent about do androids dream of electric sheep. The flow was a bit clunky at first, but quickly smooths it way out. I think it's just because we have that reveal very early in the story and then we jump back in time to when Abbie was first hired by Tim and then we jump forward again. After a while I got used to it.The ending was heartbreaking and unexpected. I liked it though we are given a clue that there's a cycle that is going to get repeated until someone finally puts a stop to it.
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    JP Delaney is original, that is for sure! I recently read his previous novels, Believe Me and The Girl Before, and I had major opinions about both. With his upcoming The Perfect Wife going into the realm of science-fiction, Delaney is able to break the mold of his previous domestic thrillers and have a new one in its own world. The story centers around the protagonist Abbie basically being resurrected, using the power of her husband Tim's robotics company. Tim's wife Abbie died five years ago, JP Delaney is original, that is for sure! I recently read his previous novels, Believe Me and The Girl Before, and I had major opinions about both. With his upcoming The Perfect Wife going into the realm of science-fiction, Delaney is able to break the mold of his previous domestic thrillers and have a new one in its own world. The story centers around the protagonist Abbie basically being resurrected, using the power of her husband Tim's robotics company. Tim's wife Abbie died five years ago, but with his money and power, Tim's company was able to change modern science, and bring her back. Of course, this Abbie is different and molded from the memories her husband was able to program into her. Abbie seems to have lost particular moments in her memory—where/how she died, how was the actual status of her relationship—Abbie can't seem to remember anything. As Abbie begins to piece moments of her old life back together, she starts seeing the mystery behind her past that some wish stayed hidden. I give JP Delaney a lot of kudos for tailoring a science-fiction/domestic thriller, without coming off unbelievable or childish. The Perfect Wife is a strong mystery/thriller, and you actually end up forgetting about the world of robots, and accepting it for face value in this story. The Perfect Wife talks a lot about the autism spectrum, and I found out that the author's son is on the spectrum, which is why this story is so important to him. I really enjoyed learning more about that aspect in the story, and am curious to learn more. This is my biggest takeaway from the novel, and I'm grateful to have had a peek into this reality. If you've enjoyed Delaney's previous novels, you'll definitely enjoy this one as well.
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  • Mina
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher of The Perfect Wife for giving me the opportunity to pre read this extraordinary book. JP Delaney has turned the usual psychological thriller upside down. There are moments reminiscent of Brave New World intermingled with a human perspective. The author weaves such a tale between Abby before and Abby after. Her characters and the story is so thought out. I especially enjoyed Danny and learning more about autism. This book was a thriller wrapped up in a sc Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher of The Perfect Wife for giving me the opportunity to pre read this extraordinary book. JP Delaney has turned the usual psychological thriller upside down. There are moments reminiscent of Brave New World intermingled with a human perspective. The author weaves such a tale between Abby before and Abby after. Her characters and the story is so thought out. I especially enjoyed Danny and learning more about autism. This book was a thriller wrapped up in a sci-fi tale with a hint of horror.
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  • Marianne
    January 1, 1970
    Spectacular! I admit it that I was quite nervous going into this one after reading the blurb. I was worried that it was going to be strange and science “fictiony” and it is somewhat BUT it’s also so much more! The writing and character development is excellent. The story alternates from AI Abbie’s point of view and that of a “historical” perspective that serves to show how things have progressed to get to this point. The chapters that AI Abbie narrates are unbelievably good. I was totally immers Spectacular! I admit it that I was quite nervous going into this one after reading the blurb. I was worried that it was going to be strange and science “fictiony” and it is somewhat BUT it’s also so much more! The writing and character development is excellent. The story alternates from AI Abbie’s point of view and that of a “historical” perspective that serves to show how things have progressed to get to this point. The chapters that AI Abbie narrates are unbelievably good. I was totally immersed in this story, I could so clearly picture it. There are surprises and twists. The ending was perfect! I rarely give 5 stars. I’m stingy with them. They are reserved for something that is so unique and pulls you so far in you don’t want to stop reading until the end and you want the ending to never come (Dot Hutchison, The Butterfly Garden comes to mind). This earned every star. Kudos!Thanks to NetGalley, the author and Random House Publishing for a copy in exchange for a review.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    THE PERFECT WIFE by JP Delaney might be a perfect thriller for me! With a splash of science and many twists and turns, I thoroughly enjoyed this psychological thriller.This was my first Delaney novel and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed his writing style. About a 100 pages in, I could not put this book down and think this will be a stand out thriller of the year.A timely novel, Delaney explores the idea of Artificial Intelligence allowing a person “live on” after their death. I’m just enoug THE PERFECT WIFE by JP Delaney might be a perfect thriller for me! With a splash of science and many twists and turns, I thoroughly enjoyed this psychological thriller.This was my first Delaney novel and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed his writing style. About a 100 pages in, I could not put this book down and think this will be a stand out thriller of the year.A timely novel, Delaney explores the idea of Artificial Intelligence allowing a person “live on” after their death. I’m just enough of a science geek to find this concept utterly fascinating! I truly enjoyed the main character (Abbie, a ‘cobot’) and the pickle she’s in. I wish I could say more, but for thriller reviews, I air on the side of caution to not give anything away, so you just going to have to read this one and then we can chat after, ha!Releasing in August 2019, if you are a thriller junkie like it, you have to mark THE PERFECT LIFE on your must-read list. Fans of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW and GONE GIRL will love this one!I would give it 4.5/5 stars.Plot for THE PERFECT WIFEA missing woman receives a second chance at life, thanks to her billionaire husband–but the consequences are deadly in this gripping psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before.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 an icon of the tech world, the founder of a lucrative robotics company. 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?read more adult + children’s book reviews at http://thebookdarling.com (link in bio)
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  • Bandit
    January 1, 1970
    After two thoroughly mediocre formulaic mystery thrillers, JP Delaney finally delivers and it’s pretty awesome. Mind you, the first two weren’t terrible, which is the main reason I requested this one on Netgalley, but they were so profoundly average that nothing in them really prepared you for something as original as The Perfect Wife. In fact it’s one of the most original mystery thrillers I’ve read recently and, if you had any idea how many books I plow through on regular basis, that’s really After two thoroughly mediocre formulaic mystery thrillers, JP Delaney finally delivers and it’s pretty awesome. Mind you, the first two weren’t terrible, which is the main reason I requested this one on Netgalley, but they were so profoundly average that nothing in them really prepared you for something as original as The Perfect Wife. In fact it’s one of the most original mystery thrillers I’ve read recently and, if you had any idea how many books I plow through on regular basis, that’s really saying something. First off, Delaney abandons formula pretty much from the first chapter. A woman, Abbie, wakes up from a coma only to be informed by her loving spouse, Tim, that she is but a mechanical replica of herself, her consciousness artificially recreated, but her body is perfectly realistic android. Oh, the perks of being married to the lead AI guy in the world. The original wife, Abbie, disappeared 5 years ago, leaving behind her genius spouse and her autistic young son. 5 years is all it took to create what seems to be a perfect likeness, an intuitive, emotionally intelligent, autonomously learning machine. She’s almost a perfect wife. But is Tim the perfect guy? And is the fairy tale romance he seems so desperate to recreate was as idyllic as it seems on the outside? The novel’s told in a traditional split narrative style, one from Abbie’s perspective, one from what appears to be the perspective of Tim’s company’s employees. There are surprises in both. Delicious plot twists, in fact. After, quite frustratingly, having read some many easily predictable genre books, it was an absolute delight to just sit back and go…whoa, seriously? And the AI aspect was just awesome, it really was. Combining two things I love and so cleverly. It reminded me on a terrific episode of Black Mirror, Be Right Back, because just like the show, it raised so many fascinating questions to ponder on the themes of what makes you a person and what makes you you. For all the purported evils of self aware intelligent AI and what such creations might mean for the future, I say bring it. Guess my opinion of people is low enough to welcome such wild concepts. But at any rate, it certainly elevates this book considerably among its peers and makes for an exciting, clever, original mystery that is oh so much fun to read. It seriously is tough to put down, I read it in a day (no small feat for the page count), despite having other things to do, because it was just that compelling. Who knew that a basic genre blending would do so much for a story. Spousal trials and tribulations suddenly ever so much more fun, because…robots. Go robots. So yeah, great book. Recommended. Thanks Netgalley.
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  • Cathy
    January 1, 1970
    The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney This story was for me very interesting, a little creepy and unputdownable! I wasn't really sure what to expect knowing that there was a robot with AI involved, but I've got to say I liked it! The characters are really fleshed out and I got to know and understand if not like them or what they were capable of doing and it intrigues me knowing how AI is moving along rapidly in today's society. Take a ride with JP Delaney and read this you won't regret it! Thank you Ne The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney This story was for me very interesting, a little creepy and unputdownable! I wasn't really sure what to expect knowing that there was a robot with AI involved, but I've got to say I liked it! The characters are really fleshed out and I got to know and understand if not like them or what they were capable of doing and it intrigues me knowing how AI is moving along rapidly in today's society. Take a ride with JP Delaney and read this you won't regret it! Thank you Netgalley and the Publishers and JP Delaney for allowing me to read this book.
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    Review to follow.
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