If Westworld and The Stepford Wives and Sleeping With the Enemy and Gone Girl had a baby, J.P Delaney would be the baby daddy You don t change the future without changing the rules The last thing I want to do is ruin the experience of reading this book by divulging too much with my review so I ll just say this OOOOOOOOMMMMMMMGGGGGG akaI loved it akaI couldn t put it down akaDelaney s best book yet A gigantical thank you to Random House Publishing for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. JP Delaney establishes his reputation for intelligent, complex, thought provoking, beautifully written psychological thrillers with his latest offering It is a blend of AI with its spectacular groundbreaking, cutting edge scientific breakthroughs and family drama with its sinister and creepy overtones that drive the narrative Simultaneously, it asks some of the deepest philosophical questions, of ethics and morality, what it is to be human, and the question of what it is that comprises our identity Abbie is the eponymous perfect wife with its echoes of the Stepford Wives, who awakens in hospital after 5 years, with no memories of who she is and how she came to be here The man beside her tells her she is his perfect wife, and wonderful mother to their autistic son, Danny, and the victim of a dreadful accident five years ago He tells her he wants them to be together forever Can Abbie trust him and his version of events Tim Scott is a Silicon Valley tech CEO, a powerful man and billionaire, a socially awkward and tyrannical personality who makes impossible demands of his workforce Abbie is the polar opposite of Tim, she is a free spirited and impulsive, stunningly beautiful, and artistically creative Strangely hired by Tim as an artist in residence, her art serves as a social and questioning commentary on Tim s flawed and damaging management style but surprisingly, he is not put out or angered by this In fact, the two end up getting married, and whilst I know the trope of opposites attracting has a strong foundation in truth, I must admit I struggled to see Tim as a an attractive proposition for any woman, with few traits that could contribute to him being suitable marriage material Still it takes all sorts to make the world, and they have a son, although there are what might be the expected differences of opinions and perspectives within their marriage, on the autistic Danny, and his future and upbringing Delaney introduces the reader to the extraordinary concept of the cobot, the phenomena of AI developments in learning and development, and to the contradictory notion that AI might give us a humane human , juxtaposing this with the human inhumanity of Tim This an intense and compulsive read that takes the reader into the scary possibilities in technological developments that do not necessarily feel that far fetched Interweaved with this is the family drama and intrigue, a story of twists and turns, surprising the reader time and time again This is a suspenseful novel which poses some fundamental questions, touching on misogyny, the nature of marriage, family, autism, what it is to be a parent and asks just how desirable is it to chase the goal of perfection A fascinating and highly engaging read Many thanks to Quercus for an ARC. This book is crazy and NOTHING like most of what I read I am on record as being solidly anti sci fi but this is JP Delaney we are talking about so naturally, it is mesmerizing, compulsively readable, disturbing and fascinating.I don t want to give too much away but this book is part cautionary tale about artificial intelligence, part domestic thriller and part heartfelt story of a family navigating the challenges of a child with autismand somehow it works It s some crazy business but whoooooo, what a ride.Thank you to the spectacular, never disappointing JP Delaney, thank you to Random House Publishing Group Ballantine Books, and thank you to NetGalley for this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. 5 PERFECT STARS Oh my Goodness What the FRAK did I just read Like that was Weird, Wild and Completely Crazy and I loved every second of it The Perfect Wife by J.P Delaney is a mix of science fiction, suspense and mystery with INSANE twists and turns Your heart will pound and it will ache NOTHING will ever be the same again Some people strive for perfection daily and will do absolutely anything to achieve it Tim is that guy He expects its from his employees and of course, he expects it from Abbie, his wife and perfection is what he gets How, you ask It seems impossible doesn t it Not quite I went into this almost completely blind and boy am I glad I did I suggest you do the same It s exciting, riveting and a bit scary and It ll keep you turning the pages way past your bedtime Another awesome buddy read with Kaceey So glad you convinced me to grab this one Thank you to NetGalley, Goodreads, Random House Publishing Group Ballantine and J.P Delaney for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review Posted on NetGalley, Goodreads on 7.1.19Will be published on Twitter and on 8.6.19. Well that was a thought provoking and fun ride Nicely done Abbie wakes up and wonders where she is and how she got there A man in the room says he is her husband He also happens to be the brilliant founder of a tech company in the Silicon Valley Abbie is not only his wife, she is an avid surfer, an artist and the mother of his child she is the perfect wife.When Abbie comes home memories begin to come back to her She begins to question things She begins to seek the answers to her questions, and she begins to realize that although she is the perfect wife her husband may not be the perfect husband.This book had quite a few twists and turns thrown in and asks some questions about advancements in science, artificial intelligence, power, marriage, and treatments for autism to name a few This was another great book by Delaney I was fully invested in the story and wondering what was going to happen in the end WOWZA is all I can say If I had the time, I would have read this in one sitting I really didn t want to put this book down High marks for creating a riveting plot with twists, turns and shocking reveals You may never think about technology the same way again or sale floor mannequins for that matter This was a refreshing psychological thriller which did not disappoint Thank you to Random House Publishing Group Ballantine and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own. This book is crazy and NOTHING like most of what I read I am on record as being solidly anti sci fi but this is JP Delaney we are talking about so naturally it is mesmerizing, compulsively readable, disturbing and fascinating.I don t want to give too much away but this book is part cautionary tale about artificial intelligence, part domestic thriller and part heartfelt story of a family navigating the challenges of a child with autismand somehow it works It s some crazy business but whoooooo, what a ride.Thank you to the spectacular, never disappointing JP Delaney, thank you to Random House Publishing Group Ballantine Books, and thank you to NetGalley for this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. Imagine all the people John Lennon But what if the people are really not the people who say they are the people J.P Delaney creates a whirlwind of opposing ideas and characters marching to different drummers and hearing rhythms not privy to all Buckle your seatbelts The Perfect Wife is at the wheel and it s gonna be a rough, rough ride.Abbie Cullen, talented artist and superb surfer, died under strange circumstances over five years ago Yet, she wakes one morning groggy and trying to sort out her whereabouts Slivers of memory crash and dive within her confused mind Her husband, Tim, is by her side shocked to see her stirring Tim is the CEO and founder of Scott Robotics in Silicon Valley He s an absolute wizard at what he does with versions of AI He dotes on Abbie and their young son, Danny, who is autistic And it is Tim s obsession with his wife and son that will send this story into the speed cycle He bought Abbie a multi million dollar beach house for an engagement gift He researches every advancement and new technique in regard to autism, sending little Danny to schools he alone deems worthy.But there s something a bit off with this cozy little family..way off And it s best that you peek behind the elegant draperies yourself to see what is amiss Not going to give away a single nugget here Just gonna let you trip over a few boulders on your way in.J.P Delaney has upped the ante in this one I ve read The Girl Before and Believe Me and enjoyed them both This one was hit out of the ballpark for sure with its original storyline and features Delaney presents scenarios that tip the scientific cup of morality and ethics Just because you can, should you HmmmmI received a copy of The Perfect Wife through NetGalley for an honest review My thanks to Ballantine Books and to J.P Delaney for the opportunity. 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. 4.5 starsWhat doesn t come across from the book s blurb is that this is sci fi Abbie awakes from what she thinks has been an accident Her husband and child are alive, so no worries, until her husband says that she s actually a cobot, a companion robot that she actually died and what she thinks of as HER memories have been uploaded into her Now Abbie maybe a robot, but she s one with empathy It was hard to remember that she wasn t human And the book contains the best definition of what it means to be the parent of an autistic child I ve ever read The reason why is explained in the Acknowledgments I always find it unusual when a story is told in the second person But Abbie s portions are The historic sections are told in first person but we aren t told who the narrator is It s a very disconcerting approach but it works really well The book is an interesting mix between sci fi and domestic thriller It raises some fascinating moral questions and will have you thinking about what makes someone human Abbie is even asked at one point if she thinks she has a soul As someone who hates that pets are treated as property, I really got into the legal aspects as well This book took me places I didn t expect It s one I highly recommend, even for those that think they don t like sci fi My only criticism is that Tim is caricature than real person I had trouble buying his simplistic view of women which read like a Freud 101 case My thanks to netgalley and Random House for an advance copy of this book. TWO STARSSorry guys I wanted to like this one I tried I did Lots of Goodreads friends are loving this one Out of JP Delaney s three novels, I have only given thumbs up for one of them J.P Delaney is a slick operator when it comes to injecting a cool vibe into his novels Unfortunately for me, that cool factor comes at an expense His characters are as flat as cardboard and I struggle to generate any feelings one way or the other about them I was so tired of being told how hot and sexy Abbie is Okay, I get it She s hot Husband Tim is a jerk All the players wear their labels right on their sleeves Nothing insightful to find here.It s not that I don t love the unusual sci fi subject matter I m all here for Artificial Intelligence bots I love me some WESTWORLD The first 10% of The Perfect Wife is thrilling and different I was immediately hooked The next 80% Very slow Turns into a run of the mill missing wife mystery and, despite the robot thing, it feels generic I enjoyed the last 10% Finally, some action Delaney touches on so many themes, but it is all superficial We have robots vs humans, art vs technology, autism, human soul, metoo movement, sexism in Silicon valley Blah blah blah.My one last complaint The novel is written from a second and third person POV, an omniscient narrator I found this distracting, since it changed without notice and it has the effect of putting the reader even further away from the action It reads like a voyeur or a group is stalking Abbie and reporting everything on paper It is weird and I don t understand why Delaney went with it.Hey, please don t let me deter you from The Perfect Wife I seem to be an outlier on this one Thank you to Netgalley for my advanced galley All opinions are mine.