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The Echo Wife

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  7,598 ratings  ·  1,942 reviews
I’m embarrassed, still, by how long it took me to notice. Everything was right there in the open, right there in front of me, but it still took me so long to see the person I had married.

It took me so long to hate him.

Martine is a genetically cloned replica made from Evelyn Caldwell’s award-winning research. She’s patient and gentle and obedient. She’s everything Evelyn sw
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 16th 2021 by Tor Books
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Amy Zupancic I agree, Morgan, about the absence of any clearly queer characters, and I find that tag to be a huge stretch. While the author is non-binary, I'm not …moreI agree, Morgan, about the absence of any clearly queer characters, and I find that tag to be a huge stretch. While the author is non-binary, I'm not a fan of tagging any book written by an LGBTQIA author with this label. While I agree with Dylann Scott that the ending leaves things open to an LGBTQIA interpretation, I really think that's pushing the edge of the envelope. Readers looking for a book with clear LGBTQIA themes would be wise to look elsewhere. (less)
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Nilufer Ozmekik
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Westworld (more understandable version) meets Stepford Wives and Orphan Black kind of story is freshly baked from the oven. I see five sizzling, well-deserved, shiny stars dancing above my head! This is more entertaining, mind bending, grey cells frying, soul shaking, heart throbbing adventure than I expected.

This is absolutely, deliciously my kind of extremely crazy story: imagine your husband replace you with another version of you. What would you do? Scream, cry, call a contract killer, suff
chai ♡
what if I were an award-winning researcher and you the genetically cloned replica I made that's having an affair with my husband who is now dead.... and we were both girls? 😳 ...more
Apr 11, 2021 rated it liked it
The premise of The Echo Wife is insanely good. Evelyn Caldwell is a scientist at the forefront of cloning technology. Unfortunately, her husband Nathan doesn't love her anymore. Instead, he has transferred his affections to a clone of her named Martine. Evelyn is understandably upset about this. But when something happens to Nathan, Evelyn and Martine are forced to team up to fix the problem.

That sounds crazy, right? If you could resist such a premise, you're a much stronger person than I am, be
Chelsea Humphrey
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Jordan
I know that February 2021 is lightyears away, but please do yourself a favor and add this thrilling read to your TBR now. A little bit of The Wife Between Us, a little bit Blake Crouch, and add in a dash of Big Little Lies and Killing Eve, and you'll become acquainted with The Echo Wife! If the science fiction aspect makes you wary, please know that this facet isn't intense, as this still reads as a very mainstream thriller. I can't wait to see the cover that is chosen and to find out what other ...more
Mar 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gift
The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey 

Evelyn is a brilliant award winning scientist and researcher. She's also a cold hearted, unethical, immoral witch who I feel would have been comfortable working side by side performing deadly experiments with the Nazi death camp doctor, Josef Mengele. She can justify anything she does and squelch any tinge of conscience, her work is everything and collateral damage is nothing to her. She is so involved in herself and her work that she doesn't even notice that her hu
Mar 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
this story wasnt what i thought it would be, but i still very much enjoyed it.

i think because i went into this expecting a mystery/thriller (especially because the synopsis heavily implies a murder), i kept trying to look for things that werent there, i kept hoping for twists that never came, i kept trying to figure out who the bad guy is when there is no bad guy at all. there is no mystery. everything you need to know is in the synopsis. and this isnt a thriller as the tone is not suspenseful.
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-read
**4.5-stars rounded up**

You really brought this full circle, didn't you, Sarah Gailey?!
You clever, clever human. Well done!

I read the majority of The Echo Wife in one sitting. There are many great themes explored in this story. I could not put it down!

This is the first novel I have read by Sarah Gailey, but absolutely will not be the last. I have already added three of their other books to my TBR.

This novel follows Evelyn Caldwell, an award-winning research scientist in the field of genetics; m
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
You are happily married...until you aren't...isn't that the way it always goes? Your husband thinks you are "almost" perfect, but there is just something he decides to take care of cloning you.. Yes you heard me correctly....

So of course when the cheater ends up dead.. yep dead.. well Evelyn and her clone need to fix this mess he got them all in...and that is when the cray begins.. Oh you thought the cray already happened? No you just wait...more to come..

Wow! This was one
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Martine is a genetically cloned replica of Evelyn Caldwell, made from her own award winning research.

But, Evelyn did not clone herself.

Her husband Nathan made Martine, to replace Evelyn with a more patient, loving version of his wife...a version without a temperament that can sting like a hornet!

And, then he promptly moved in with her.

So, how did the “cheating bastard” end up dead in his “more compliant” wife’s kitchen? And, why is Martine calling Evelyn for help?

This is an “intelligent” th
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it

The floor was well polished.
Dragging him across it wasn't hard at all.

this is a deliciously entertaining bit of domestic suspense with a SF cherry on top.

evelyn caldwell is a brilliant scientist whose award-winning advances in cloning technology have won her great renown—she has risen to the very top of a male-dominated field, and the method she developed to program personality traits into clones bears her name. however, her professional success has been at the expense of her pe
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Happy pub week!

5 stars!

I see it has a cover now! Love it!

The Echo Wife reminds me of why I read in times like this. First of all, let me mention, this may be the earliest I have ever read a book. It's so early, the cover has not been released yet, and the synopsis is brief. I cannot wait to see the cover!

The Echo Wife will be published on February 16, 2021, and mark your calendars. I promise you won’t want to miss it. It’s the most unique domestic suspense story I think I’ve ever read. It tak
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Evelyn Caldwell is at the top of her profession. She is an award-winning scientist/researcher who is at the top of her game. Unfortunately, her husband has left her --- for her. WHAT!?! Yes, he has used her award-winning research and created the perfect woman in Evelyn's image. A new and improved version of Evelyn if you will.... or at least a better version for him. He wants a Stepford wife whose sole purpose is to please him, to give him what he wants, one who will not burn the eggs, be smarte ...more
Michael David
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it

Evelyn Caldwell is a brilliant scientist who has just received a prestigious award for The Caldwell Method. She should be on cloud 9, but her husband recently left her for Martine.

What’s worse is that Martine is a genetically cloned replica of Evelyn that her husband secretly created, based on Evelyn’s research.

Even worse than that, she receives a frantic call from Martine one day that has her rushing to the home of her soon to be ex-husband, only to find him dead...and
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
I have to say that this wasn’t what I was expecting according to the blurb for the book which compares it to “Big Little Lies”, it is absolutely nothing like that book.

This book has a dystopian feel and is purely science fiction, at least at this time!!!

I didn’t feel the fast pace of a thriller. It was character driven and we are being told the story by Evelyn, a supposedly brilliant scientist who is, at the beginning of the book, being given an award for her research into cloning humans.

She is
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
On sale this week! 4+ stars, maybe even 4.5. Final review, first posted on (along with my co-reviewers' Jana and Kelly's additional reviews, which are well worth reading!):

Dr. Evelyn Caldwell is a geneticist specializing in cloning, at the pinnacle of her career: The Echo Wife begins with a banquet at which she is given a prestigious award. At the same time, Evelyn is at a low point in her personal life. She’s a prickly loner and a workaholic, and her husband Nathan has rec
Kat (Books are Comfort Food)
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Mind bending!

I seriously love this story. While it took a few chapters for me to calibrate with the book, one I was it became an incredible journey. This book really has it all: good, evil, suspense, stomach-summer salts, rage and quiet contemplation. It also has a sense of love that you don’t notice from the surface.

Evelyn and Nathan had been married a decade when Nathan threw in the towel. However, not one to let the grass grow, he created a new and improved Evelyn; a clone he has named Mart
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a kind of Westworld scenario, with one big difference, I could understand the plot of this one! Although that’s not entirely true as some of the science explanations went over the top of my poor brain! Dr Evelyn Caldwell’s cheating ex husband Nathan creates a clone called Martine who looks exactly like Evelyn (yes indeed, psychoanalyse that one) except that Martine is a more pliant version. Or is she??? Only time will tell. That’s not at all messed up creating a clone of your wife is it? ...more
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Readers who enjoy slow, literary spec-fic with minimal world-building
2–3 stars; I wanted to like this one more than I actually did.

I don’t think this is a bad book. In fact, it has many rave reviews that I can appreciate, and I picture this being well-liked folks who enjoying meandering in the headspaces of tortured protagonists. It also carries several interesting themes for readers to unpack, not the least of which include questions of programming versus free will, and women’s autonomy—of mind and body, what we say and what we do, how we carry ourselves, the wa
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
What a weird and cool little book. From the mind of Sarah Gailey, author of the brilliant Magic for Liars, comes another stunningly original work where humanity and the fantastical overlap.

Evelyn Caldwell has achieved everything she set out to do in her life. She’s heading a lab, working on groundbreaking experiments, being recognized for her achievements in her field and was even able to find someone to live happily married with.....for a time. Her former husband, Nathan, has moved on. His new
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
This book was a fascinating read! I don't know much about clones, but I loved the idea. While reading, I'm a bit squeamish about being up close and personal in the lab that used to create clones and especially what the assistant had to do with the clone when it came out not as intended. I'm contemplating whether it's murder when Nathan got rid of the clones he considered as failed only because they do look exactly like human. The term bio waste got me thinking how scientist can be so cold hearte ...more
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
4 clone stars

If you aren’t happy with your wife, just clone her and make a new one, right? What could possibly go wrong?

Evelyn is a brilliant scientist who has developed cloning technology but has failed at her marriage. She doesn’t realize that her husband has used her technology to create a “better” version of herself – Martine.

As Evelyn and Martine are drawn together to clean up a mess, both women learn from each other and maybe develop a friendship of sorts.

This one made me ponder the future
Apr 23, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021, from-library
The way I see it, you mostly stop loving a person the same way you stop respecting them. It can happen all at once if something enormous and terrible falls over the two of you. But for the most part, it happens in inches. In a thousand tiny moments of contempt that unravel the image you had of the person you thought you knew.
The Echo Wife wears the guise of a science fiction thriller. In some version of our world (the future, maybe? It’s unclear) human cloning is both possible and legal. Dr. Eve
Elle (ellexamines)
I mean no offense but holy shit, this premise
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.

I had high hopes going into this, and I did enjoy misanthropic narrator Evelyn for a while, but to bring back a classic line from Emily, this book has more plot holes than fishnet stockings and it's a frustrating read.
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a 2021 release that is getting heaps of early praise, and while I give it high marks for originality, it was not at all what I was expecting, and although very thought-provoking, I'm not sure that it's going to top my list of 2021 favorite books.

Evelyn Caldwell’s husband has been having an affair — with Evelyn Caldwell - or, to be exact, with Martine, a genetically cloned replica made from Evelyn’s own award-winning research. After a day that begins with a confrontation between Evelyn an
Jenny Lawson
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Worth reading just to explore the themes of autonomy, misogyny and individualism.
Janelle Janson
Really enjoyed it! Well done! Review to come.
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A chilling, character-driven examination of identity, morality and abuse which is vaguely reminiscent of Crouch's Dark Matter. Deducted a point for the disappointing ending.
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
Wow...this book was great, but quite intense and heavier than I think I expected it to be, though I probably should have anticipated that. It's a sci-fi thriller with some elements that edge closer to horror and an ending that I found to be quite chilling. While I don't want to spoil things in the main part of the review, I would encourage you to check the list of content warnings at the end if you think you might need them!

The Echo Wife is in many ways a book about cycles of pain and abuse in
Apr 23, 2021 rated it liked it
“My lab felt more like a home to me than any iteration of home ever had.”

“...Nathan had created Martine to do what I wouldn’t do for him. What I refused outright, what I’d gone to great lengths to prevent.”

“Clones aren’t people, legally speaking. They don’t have rights. They’re specimens. They’re body doubles, or organ farms, or research subjects. They’re temporary, and when they stop being useful, they become biomedical waste. They are disposable.”

“...No matter how much Martine developed her ow
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“The way I see it, you mostly stop loving a person the same way you stop respecting them. It can happen all at once if something enormous and terrible falls over the two of you. But for the most part, it happens in inches. In a thousand tiny moments of contempt that unravel the image you had of the person you thought you knew.” 10 likes
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