Review: The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney

Title: The Perfect Wife

Author: JP Delaney

Pages: 413 Pages

Publisher: Quercus Books

The Blurb


“There’s something I have to explain, my love,” he says, taking your hand in his. “That wasn’t a dream. It was an upload.”

Abbie wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of how she got there. The man by her side explains that he’s her husband. He’s a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative startups. He tells Abbie she’s a gifted artist, a doting mother to their young son, and the perfect wife.

Five years ago, she suffered a terrible accident. Her return from the abyss is a miracle of science, a breakthrough in artificial intelligence that has taken him half a decade to achieve.

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 for ever? And what really happened to her, half a decade ago?

The Review

Stories of artificial intelligence are not my go-to reads. I don’t really do science fiction however The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney is really more of a drama with a science fiction element and so I didn’t feel lost within a world. In fact, I just felt fear for how the world’s actual future could end up unfolding.

It is the story of a young woman who died but was brought back as an AI robot. A robot with the physical features and memories of the original owner of the memories…but made to be perfect.

To say that I was freaked out by this story would be an understatement. If this technology was real then life as we know it would be changed completely.

The irony of The Perfect Wife is that you feel empathy for Abbie – the robot. You empathise with an inanimate object which then has you questioning yourself.

Overall, The Perfect Wife leaves you questioning the advances in science and whether they are good or bad. If it doesn’t make you do that then you will just enjoy it for being a good psychological thriller.

The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney is available now.

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