The Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney [Book Review]

Book Review

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Title: The Perfect Wife

Author: J.P. Delaney

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Publish Date: August 6, 2019

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 3/5

The Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney


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 to question 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 her, half a decade ago?

Beware the man who calls you . . .


The Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney


Tim lost his wife Abbie in a suspicious accident five years ago. He is a tech genius, and creates a robot that looks, sounds, and acts like his missing wife. Abbie, the robot, awakens to a world where she knows and remembers some things, but there are large gaps in her memories. She soon wants to know more about what happened to the real Abbie, and she starts to look into her disappearance.

Told with multiple points of view that are a little confusing. Mostly told from Abbie the robot’s viewpoint, but also includes an unknown narrator. This novel uses second-person POV, which I didn’t really enjoy.

The setting is Silicon Valley and centers around a man who runs a tech company and creates an AI robot. The man was infatuated with his wife, and after losing her, he creates the perfect wife… an AI robot. Kind of creepy. The story is about Abbie the robot and what she is, how she fits into society, and what happened to the real Abbie.

A combination of science fiction and psychological thriller. There is a fair amount of tech talk, but nothing too complicated. The characters are unreliable and make for an entertaining thriller. I was disappointed in the ending and how everything came together. I can handle some unanswered questions, but this story had more plot holes than I was comfortable with. Unsettling and unique.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Books by J.P. Delaney:

  1. The Girl Before
  2. Believe Me
  3. Playing Nice
  4. The Perfect Wife
  5. My Darling Daughter
  6. The New Wife

7 thoughts on “The Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney [Book Review]

  1. I thought the ending to this one was bizarre and confusing…it left me with lots of questions. I think I reread the last part of the book 3 times trying to figure it out!

    1. Ok, I’ve gone back several times also…..the end is a bit confusing and who is the unknown narrator? I had thought it was Mike?? Help me ?

      1. Beverly – It’s been long enough that I’m not remembering the ending too clearly. Best I can recall, I thought the unknown narrator was robot Tim with the help of other AI. Hope that helps you.

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