MYSTERY

The Perfect Wife

Ballantine. Aug. 2019. 432p. ISBN 9781524796747. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781524796754. THRILLER
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Abbie Cullen Scott disappeared five years ago, leaving behind a son with special needs. Her tech genius husband, Tim, was tried but acquitted for her murder since there was no body. When she wakes up in a hospital bed with no recollection of where she’s been for the last five years, she’s forced to piece together the remnants of her memory. The warnings that appear on her cell phone and the discovery of things hidden in her bookshelf make her realize something is very wrong. Written in alternating first- and second-person points of view, this latest from Delaney (after Believe Me) thrusts readers into Abbie’s new world and the cultish dynamic of her husband’s cutting-edge company, Scott Robotics. What is Tim willing to do to make sure he has the perfect wife?
VERDICT Psychological thriller enthusiasts will love being floored by page five and blown away by page 91. Discovering the identity of the unknown narrator amid the shocking conclusion is like stepping on a land mine. Readers will crave answers to the questions: Is there such a thing as a perfect person, and how far will science go to achieve one? [See Prepub Alert, 2/11/19.]

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