The Perfect Wife

A Novel
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (970 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The perfect life. The perfect love. The perfect lie. From the best-selling author of The Girl Before comes a gripping new psychological thriller....

“Mind-bending...Delaney takes domestic suspense beyond its comfort zone.” (The New York Times Book Review)

Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the New York Public Library A Cosmopolitan New Must-Read 

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.

Praise for The Perfect Wife

"A twisty, completely original psychological thriller that grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go until the very end." (Karen Cleveland, New York Times best-selling author of Need to Know)

"Seriously, amazingly, awesomely brilliant...speculative fiction mixed up with a mind-bendingly twisty psycho thriller! I devoured it." (C. J. Tudor, author of The Chalk Man)

"A tour de force...The Perfect Wife is a chilling and uniquely disturbing twenty-first-century twist on the unreliable narrator that makes for a compulsive and deeply thought-provoking book. It asks troubling questions about selfhood and ‘souls’ and what makes us human, and plays them out in a compelling psychological thriller." (Cara Hunter, author of Close to Home)

©2019 JP Delaney (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

 "The Perfect Wife blew my mind! What a wonderful and unique thriller. I haven’t been able to put it down since it arrived, and now that I’ve finished I can’t stop thinking about it! Those last lines...wow! JP Delaney has outdone himself with his latest dynamic, razor-sharp, and thought-provoking thriller. The Perfect Wife is a cutting-edge suspense novel unlike any you’ve read before.... A must-read!" (Mary Kubica, New York Times best-selling author of The Good Girl)

"Readers...will be rewarded with a fresh take on the domestic thriller that will leave them satisfied." (Booklist)

"Puts - almost perfectly - a high-tech spin on the stories of Frankenstein and Pygmalion with a tinge of the Stepford wives.... The intriguing plot leads to a chilling and surprising finale that perfectly caps The Perfect Wife." (Associated Press)

 "Artificial intelligence might seem like a risky plot device, and the premise of the novel itself is tricky at best, but Delaney pulls it off brilliantly, with an intoxicating knack for suspense. This is the kind of novel ugly words like ‘unputdownable’ were invented for. With the tale of Abbie, Delaney delivers a sharp reflection on misogyny.... With every thriller must come a dizzying plot twist and an unforeseeable denouement, as is definitely the case here.... Everything about The Perfect Wife feels earned and satisfying.... This journey is a captivating, deeply engrossing one." (The Independent)

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VERY GOOD and INTERESTING

This book should come with a warning... once you start you will not be able to put down before you reach the end. This is seriously the best book I have read in a very long time... I look forward to reading more books by this author

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Loved this book!

I devoured this audio book during a long business-related drive. I won't soon forget the story or the depth of its characters. I was captivated beginning to end.

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Outstanding.

gives a vivid compassionate window into autism. the character development and plot development are absolutely wonderful. nothing is predictable in this book except what you're supposed to think is going to happen. And then it doesn't. You will not be disappointed.

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Great book!

At first I was unsure about this book. I have a daughter on the spectrum, so when autism is the topic I'm always on defense. I'm glad I stuck with it, this turned out to be a good book.

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Really fun read!

When I started this book the premise turned me off and I returned it. Then I thought I’d give it a chance. It was really fun and I couldn’t put it down. I would wake up in the middle of the night and turn it on and listen for a while until I fell asleep. Give it a chance. Well done.

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Don’t give up too soon...

I was seriously tempted to return this for about the first couple of hours. I’m SO glad I didn’t! The story is very much an original tale, but it had the domestic drama I have enjoyed in books like ‘Gone Girl,’ ‘The Other Woman,’ and the like. I was very satisfied and am glad I listened. A reviewer before said they didn’t see the last 30 minutes coming; neither did I and it was a really good ending.

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great

loved it, kept my interest, good reader, liked their voices, could not stop listening at the end

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Interesting premise

This wasn’t what I was expecting and so I was pleasantly surprised with the twists & turns.

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Just so so.

Okay ish book, I didn't realize how sci fi it was, primarily focused on AI, not a terrible story but not my cup of tea.

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had I realized this was sci-fi about AI, I would have never bought it. it's just not my thing. overall, the story was well written and the narrator was great! the story itself and especially the ending is sincerely lacking

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