The Perfect Wife – JP Delaney


This is the second novel I have read by JP Delaney and I enjoyed this one more than the first by some distance.  It is unusual and cleverly plotted with several twists and turns, which came unexpectedly to me.

The story centres on Abbie and Tim, a married couple with a difference.  Abbie wakes up after five years as a human robot, put together by her husband who is a high flyer in the tech world and AI.  After the first chapter I thought this would be one of those books that I struggled to read.  It was not. I was captivated.  The couple have an autistic son, which adds pressure to their ‘relationship’.

Abbie, starts to believe that the original wife is not dead when she receives a text message from ‘Friend’.  The plot then follows the cobot Annie as she endeavours to find out what happened five years ago when Tim’s wife supposedly had a surfing accident and died.  Her body has never been found and Tim was originally charged with her murder although charges were dropped.

The story is told in the third person from two aspects, which worked brilliantly.  Such a cunning book.

Thanks to NetGalley, Quercus Books and JP Delaney for my ARC in return for my honest review.

Brilliant read.  Highly recommended.






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