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“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 Valleys 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?


Having read all of JP Delaney’s previous books I was excited to get an ARC of this one. This was somewhat different to what I expected it to be and unfortunately I didn’t find it as good as previous books however that is just my personal opinion as we know books are subjective and what one person likes someone else doesn’t.

I did find I had to read to the end to find out what had happened though so it did keep me engrossed. Tim Scott isn’t what I would call a nice man he is driven yes and I think to a certain extent people that are very driven can be a bit overbearing. I guess that’s how some of them make it to the top. He is a workaholic millionaire with his own tech company that he started up with Mike Austin. Tim’s wife had died 5 years previous to when the story begins although throughout it flits back and forth and I think that’s what I wasn’t keen on with this story. The constant back and forth how Tim met Abbie, then Abbie the robot narrating the next bit, then back again.

Abbie wakes up in a hospital bed not knowing what has happened, where is their son Danny? Tim reassures her everything is fine. But then we find that Abbie is not Abbie but she is a robot, Tim has uploaded everything about Abbie into. Again I think this for me is very strange as well because Tim is telling this Abbie that he loves her, she has been five years in the making. He is so pleased to take her home. Danny the son has a form of autism and has a nanny/teacher that I teaching him how to live his life. It’s a specific way of teaching him.

But what happened to the real Abbie who Tim seems to have loved so deeply, and has grieved for her but then has he. Robot Abbie finds out that Tim had been through a trial accused of murdering his wife. What really happened to Abbie? Has he built a robot version of her to make her absolutely perfect! Did the real Abbie not live up to his expectations?. Did she leave both Tim and Danny?

This is a psychological thriller crossed with a bit of a sci fi. But for me thinking of Abbie as a robot was just a little bit too much. I didn’t really bond with the characters. I couldn’t seem to like them at all which was a little disappointing.

I am sure many others will feel differently but I just found this a little too far fetched.

I would like to thank netgalley and Quercus for an ARC of this book all opinions are my own and honest.


The Perfect Wife is the third psychological thriller from JP Delaney, a pseudonym for a write who has previously written best selling fiction under other names. JP Delaney’s first thriller The Girl Before became a Global bestseller published in forty-one countries.

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