Title: The Perfect Wife
Author: J.P. Delaney
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: August 6, 2019
A 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 Timesbestselling 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?
"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. 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.
A complimentary copy was provided by Ballantine Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.