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The Perfect Wife

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  26,277 ratings  ·  3,400 reviews
The perfect life. The perfect love.

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,
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published August 8th 2019 by Quercus (first published August 6th 2019)
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I've been guilty of requesting a book without reading the blurb....I mean, not one little bit!
I see an author I know that I enjoy and, “click“ goes the request button! Typically I receive my standard, formulary thriller. Some better than others, but in the end, all falling into the same pattern.

Well...let me tell you about the shock on my face as I started in on this read, quickly realizing that finally the mold was officially broken!😳

What if you found the perfect wife...could you really just le
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
**3.5-stars rounded up**

When Abbie Cullen mysteriously disappears, her husband, Tim Scott, creator and owner of Scott Robotics, is devastated.

Thus, he does what any Titan of Tech would do: (view spoiler)

It is clear from the start that you are in for a unique reading experience when you open this book. The writing is strong, but quirky, and it took me a while to get used to the different perspectives.

In particular, you get Abbie's
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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:

I loved it!
I couldn't put it down!
Delaney's best book yet!

*** A gigantical thank you to
The Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney is a 2019 Ballantine publication.


I had no idea what I was getting into when I started reading this book. I did not realize it had a sci-fi element in it, but, I’m glad I chose it without picking up on that, because otherwise I might have passed on it.

The author has constructed a very clever premise in which Abbie, who suddenly awakes- unsure of herself or her surroundings, believes she must have been in an accident of some kind. However, she soon lea
j e w e l s
Sorry 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
Susanne  Strong

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 i
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 ide ...more
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars
What 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
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 so
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original and fast paced psychological thriller with great twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.

I really liked this one, it a thriller/sci-fi type novel that really does make you sit up and take notice.
This is my first novel by JP Delaney and it certainly didn't disappoint, I like the Science fiction aspect of this story as it gave it a little edge and the plot is fast paced and really entertaining.

There's something I have to explain, my love," he says, taking your hand in his. "That wa
Richard (on hiatus)
The Perfect Wife by J.P.Delaney is set in the near future in a world of tech start ups, AI and robotics. It’s an imaginative novel and a departure from previous thrillers like The Girl Before. Delaney describes the novel as ‘a novel of psychological suspense, one with an unusual speculative element‘.
Abbie wakes up from a vivid dream. She’s in hospital, confused and in a lot of pain ....... has she been in an accident?
She’s relieved and happy to find her husband Tim sitting with her, but she’s n
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: 'Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds,' he quotes. 'Sonnet 116, remember? We read it at our wedding. Four lines each in turn. Then the final couplet together.'

You shake your head. You don't remember that, no.

'It'll come back to you.' You wonder if he means the memory or the sentiment. 'My point is, those weren't just empty words to us. You were always unique, Abbie. Irreplaceable. A perfect wife. A perfect mother. The love of my life. Everyone says that, don't they? B
Katie B
4.5 stars

Having read both of the author's previous books, I knew going into this one he is a unique storyteller. With The Perfect Wife, he just took it to the next level and I was blown away. I know this review won't do the book justice so just trust me when I say you do not want to miss out on this wild and crazy story! You do not have to be a science fiction fan to enjoy this book. I personally rarely read that genre and yet I still loved the book.

Abbie wakes up feeling confused. And not in a
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases
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I've really enjoyed J.P. Delaney's previous novels and had been looking forward to reading this one too. I ended up listening to the audiobook at the beginning of the year. I was pretty sure that I had written a review but it appears I didn't. 

Although I can't remember everything that happened in this novel, I do know that I really enjoyed what I heard. The story was very different from what I had been expecting. I don't rea
Carol (Bookaria)
A captivating, mind-bending, suspenseful read. I loved it!

This is the third book I've read from the author and I feel this story gripped me with the same intensity that it creeped me out.

It explores relationships, AI, automation, marriage, data rights, consent, and more, all in a deeply interesting fictional setting.

I love speculative fiction, specially in a sci-fi setting. It's difficult to compare it other books but most likely you will enjoy it if you like TV shows like Black Mirror and Huma
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, sci-fi
Imagine that you are slowly waking up, your body hurts, you hear machines beeping around... Then you see your husband and when he sees your open eyes, relief floods his face. Were you in an accident? What happened? Your husband looks older than you remember and when you look around you realise you are not in a hospital. What is going on?? Your husband looks at you with tears in his eyes and says there's something he has to tell you. He gently takes your hand and then says these words "You are no ...more
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
What do you get when you cross a part Sci - Fi with a domestic thriller?
You get an amazing book that absolutely bows your mind, i mean i was totally immersed in this from start to finish i just could not put this down for a minute, it was that good.

I will not go into detail on this one but it was an AI & a heartfelt prose about Abbe Cullen who was in hospital not knowing how she got there? she puts all her time into looking after her autistic son's Danny & finding a way to get back to him.

I must
Abbie Cullen Scott awakens to find that five years have elapsed and she’s struggling to figure out what happened to her. Her husband, Tim, is there by her side to help prompt her memory. He’s the brilliant inventor in the Silicon Valley tech world, CEO of Scott Robotics. Abbie learns that her existence is now due to innovations by him and his company. They’re the parents of autistic son, Danny, and she worries that he won’t remember her after such a long absence.

I went into this story blind and
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
8/6/19--Now available!

Don't judge a book by its cover

...or its title or blurb. Thanks to the other Goodreads reviewers who alerted me to the fact that this book isn't what it appears to be. If I didn't have any reviews to go on, I would have thought The Perfect Wife was "women's fiction" with some mystery/suspense thrown in. It's much more like speculative fiction or sci-fi than what it's advertised to be.

The cover--This image looks far too clean and perfect for a book that's ominous.

Maybe a be
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having devoured JP Delaney’s other books “The Girl Before” and “Believe Me” like a thirsty man being offered water in a desert, I knew to get myself comfortable with a drink in the sun and enjoy!!!

I absolutely loved this book and read it practically in 1 go!! It’s so hard to do this amazing book the justice it deserves without giving too much away.

Abbie Cullen wakes up in hospital groggy wondering what has happened. Her husband Tim tells her she is the perfect wife and mother to Danny their Auti
J. P. Delaney! WOW! Like nothing I’ve ever read before! I read this book without reading a single review or the blurb and for that I am so grateful! This is a book that’s best gone into completely blind. It was highly original, fairly unbelievable, and brilliant! That’s all you’re getting from me... just read it! Open your mind and enjoy the ride!

*** Big thanks to Random House Valentine for my copy of this book ***
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 break
When Abbie wakes up in a hospital bed after 5 years she is told she is the wife of the wealthy CEO of a robotics company, Tim Scott and they have a 10 year old autistic son. A technological breakthrough has helped bring Abbie back to life, and although she can never be the same person as she was before, she looks perfect. Abbie's memories slowly return and she remembers how she first met Tim when she became an artist in residence at his company. Although she was stunningly beautiful, fit and str ...more
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Perfect Wife was a wild ride! My first J.P. Delaney book and likely not my last.

Abbie wakes up unsure of where she is or who she is with. She tries to readjust to her life as a wife to tech scion Tim Scott and mother to their autistic son, Danny. Abbie is told she was an artist but other information about her past is hazy. She attempts to retrieve her memories and fill in the mysterious gaps of the last five years.

The Perfect Wife was disturbing and compelling. It raises interesting questi
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"What Gates was to personal computers, Jobs was to smartphones, or Musk was to electric cars, Tim Scott was to AI (Artificial Intelligence); or would be, very soon."

So, when his "Perfect Wife", Abbie, goes missing, and has still not been found, nearly five years later, Tim does what any brilliant CEO of his own Robotics company would do...he recreates her as a "Cobot"-short for "companion robot"-designed to alleviate the loss of a "loved one".

After all, they do have their autistic son, Danny,
Louise Wilson
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Abbie awakes with no memory of who she is. The man by her side claims to be her husband. But Tim has made a mechanical replica of Abbie. Abbie had disappeared five years ago leaving behind her husband Tim and their Austin son. Tim has created the perfect wife, but is he the perfect husband?

Be prepared, once you pick this book up, you won't want to put it back down. The book explores the idea of artificial intelligence, where a person is supposed to live on after their death. This is different t
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, sci-fi
100% my favourite book so far this year 🎉

It had everything I love in a thriller: twists and turns at every corner that come out of nowhere and slap you round the face. A general feeling of urgency and suspense. A slightly unpredictable character.
PLUS it dipped its toe into the sci-fi world, following a futuristic AI storyline.

This book is just genius 🙌🏻
Marriage Domestic Noir merged with Artificial Intelligence!


Technical whizz Tim Scott was devastated by the loss of his wife Abbie in a surfing accident.

Five years on he's designed the perfect solution to his grief – a world-first companion ‘cobot', capable of emotional intelligence – an exact replica of Abbie. But can the replaceable ever live up to the original?

An unconventional, imaginative concept in the form of science fiction applied to a domestic thriller. The legal, moral, and ethical
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a long time to finish this book, although it's far from boring. The concept of an AI version of a real person seems scarily realistic and provided an intriguing premise. I don't want to give anything away, and I know this book remains months from publication, but it might be my favorite by Delaney so far, even if it took me a while to get through. There were a few plot holes and I could see a few of the twists coming, but all in all, it was a really clever book and one I suspect I won ...more
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