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 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 The Perfect Wife by J.P Delaney is a 2019 Ballantine publication Ingenious 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 The Perfect Wife by J.P Delaney is a 2019 Ballantine publication Ingenious 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 learns, from her husband, Tim, that she is a companion robot made in the image of his dead wife She begins to piece together memories and information from the real Abbie as she attempts to connect with her autistic son and be the perfect wife to Tim What ensues is an intelligent and darkly imaginative look the consequences of technology, and the possibility of robotic feelings of empathy and maybe even accountability Some of the characters are almost satirical, but the story is still wildly original As the mystery deepens, so do the complexities, and the various, and often surprising, emotions that develop with the story The format is also unique with both first and second person narratives, which paves the way for an incredibly shocking revelation that made my jaw drop open.Overall, I really liked this book It was shocking, and gave my brain a nice workout, and was a nice change of pace for me 4 stars 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 wh 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 3.5 stars rounded up When Abbie Cullen mysteriously disappears, her husband, Tim Scott, creator and owner of Scott Robotics, is apparently devastated Thusly, he does what any Titan of Tech would do view spoiler He creates a sentient robot to replace her Well, maybe replace her isn t the correct term, find her hide spoiler It is clear from the start that you are in for a unique experience when you open this book The writing is strong, but quirky, and it took me a while to get used to 3.5 stars rounded up When Abbie Cullen mysteriously disappears, her husband, Tim Scott, creator and owner of Scott Robotics, is apparently devastated Thusly, he does what any Titan of Tech would do view spoiler He creates a sentient robot to replace her Well, maybe replace her isn t the correct term, find her hide spoiler It is clear from the start that you are in for a unique experience when you open this book The writing is strong, but quirky, and it took me a while to get used to it due to the different perspectives In particular, you get Abbie s present timeline perspective told in 2nd person This seemed a bizarre choice at first but I did get used to it as the narrative progressed You also get Abbie s past perspective in the days leading up to her disappearance, as well as an unknown narrator who is an employee at Scott Robotics.Abbie, as we meet her, is a very likable character, however there is a lot of mystery surrounding her How she came to be and who knows what about her disappearance and apparent regeneration A lot of the emotional turmoil of this book comes with Abbie adjusting to her new every day life Reintroducing herself to the world They have an autistic child, Danny, and his schooling and daily care were discussed in some detail As a big SciFi fan, I felt this was a pertinent and cutting edge Techno Thiller If you are someone who is interested in the advancement of technology, in particular, the future of AI, you should definitely pick this up Part psychological thriller, part cautionary tale, I thought Delaney kept this believable enough to really cause the reader to think about the use of robotics in the home and whether we think that is a good thing or a bad thing It also explored topics like data ownership and consent that I think are equally important Basically, view spoiler the cobot companion robot who knows herself as Abbie, was made by uploading a compilation of the real Abbie s data, such as social media posts and text messages Thus, through these memories , the cobot is able to develop the characteristics and personality of the original creator hide spoiler It is a bitcomplicated than that but you get the gist.In a way, it felt like a modern version of the Stepford Wives.If it wasn t for the last three or four chapters, this would have been a solid 4 star read for me Sadly, I was a little disheartened with the run up to the conclusion There were some sharp turns that I would have preferred to go a different way Of course this is entirely subjective, but I do have to be honest about the fact that it ultimately did affect my overall enjoyment of the story With this being said, I still do recommend this one Thank you so much to the publisher, Ballantine Books, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review I truly appreciate the opportunity and did have a lot of fun with my first, but certainly not my last, J.P Delaney book The perfect life The perfect loveAbbie 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 abyssShe is a miracle of scienceBut 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 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 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. 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 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 ahumane 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 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 i 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 andon 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 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 who 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