Top positive review
S I-fi/tech meets domestic thriller
Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2019
The Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney had a really unusual and interesting premise. In a day and age quite overrun with thrillers (I’m not complaining) it’s a challenge to come up with something new and unique, and Delaney did it here. It’s a sci-fi mixed with domestic thriller and it carries a heavy dose of creep factor. The scientific-tech aspects of it were quite fascinating and thought-provoking, if also definitively unnerving.
I will admit that I was somewhat confused at first, by the dual perspectives in the book. They are merely labeled numerically or by word-number which was rather confusing and didn’t help to identify whose actual perspective each chapter was from, though eventually I caught on. Perhaps that was the intended effect.
The plot, and its concepts, when you stop to ponder it, is disturbing and slightly horrifying, but also immensely intriguing. The whole idea of artificial intelligence embraces the notion of man playing god, while being a natural extension of the pursuit of what’s next in technology.
The ending was chilling, moving, and a stunner. I understand that some found it far-fetched, but really the whole story is meant to be slightly out there, as are all futuristic concepts, so to me, that’s what made it entertaining and a one-of-a-kind thriller.