So I have this bad habit of picking up a book without reading the synopsis… you know, the whole “judging a book by its cover” thing that we’re told not to do? Well, in this case, I was absolutely thrown for a loop around the 5% mark of the book – and I absolutely loved it! If you haven’t read the synopsis yet, here’s my quick review: go into this blind, it makes it fan-freaking-tastic.
The perfect life. The perfect love. The perfect lie. From the bestselling author of The Girl Before comes a gripping new psychological thriller. . . .
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 a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative start-ups. 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?
Beware the man who calls you . . .
Okay, so since you’ve made it this far, you either a.) have already read the synopsis and wanted to check out a more detailed review, or b.) think I’m ridiculous for saying that you should go in blind and are down here in an effort to stick it to me. I’m going to pretend everyone chose A 😉
This was an amazing twist on the unreliable narrator… not because the narrator had a substance abuse problem or seemingly chose to hide information from the reader, but because Abbie that we get to meet is a cobot, a robotic replica of the original Abbie who died/disappeared years prior. Basically, her memories are often one-sided, creating a puzzle for the reader to unravel one step at a time.
I saw someone describe this as Stepford Wives meets Gone Girl meets Westworld, and that is probably the most accurate thing that I’ve ever heard. It was such a compelling read – especially once I drew closer to the end… I HAD TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. If you’re trying to break out of your reading slump and want a twist on the traditional thrillers that are currently saturating the book market, get your hands on a copy of The Perfect Wife. You won’t regret it!
Thank you so much to the publisher for providing my review copy. It’s always my pleasure to share my honest thoughts with everyone!