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The Perfect Wife

Updated: Aug 5, 2019

What if you could bring your wife back to life and make her the perfect wife?



Abbie awakens 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 the founder of one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative start-up‘s. He tells Abbie that she is a gifted artist, an avid surfer, a loving mother to their 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 to life. But as Addie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins questioning her husband‘s motives —and his version of events. Can she trust him?


I love technology and I love how artificial intelligence (AI) has already improved our society. And I thought I would love this book. But instead I struggled with it. The story, while a little intriguing just didn’t work for me. It seems to just fold back on itself.

Chapters alternate between Abbie before the accident and the Abbie after the accident. The narrator and perspective also alternates between second and third person. This was a bit frustrating and confusing. Who exactly was the narrator for Abbie after the accident? Was someone stalking her every move? How did they know where she had been and what she had said?

The writing was mediocre and the character development was limited It was difficult to get a good feel for either of the Abbie’s, and Tim’s character was simply odd, creepy and detestable. The highlight of the book was Danny, Tim and Abbie’s autistic son. He stole my heart with his Thomas The Tank Engine dialog.

J.P. Delaney is a pseudonym for the author of The Girl Before (2017) and Believe Me (2018). I have reviewed both of this previous books and found they had much more to offer than this one. Thanks to Netgalley, Ballantine and J.P. Delaney for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher Ballantine Books

Published August 6, 2019

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