JP Delaney: The Perfect Wife

Today I’m pleased to be invited to join in with the social media blast for The Perfect Wife. My review is written with thanks to Ella Patel at Quercus Books who invited me to take part and provided my copy of the book via Netgalley..


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

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 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 . . .


The Perfect Wife is based on an interesting concept which seems increasingly relevant in an age of sophisticated technology. As something of a technophobe, it did take me a while to figure out exactly how the technology worked, but once I got to grips with it I was fascinated by the way it could be used  It exposes both Tim and Abbie as flawed characters, who at times were quite unlikeable, but nevertheless, I was very interested in what happened to them.

The chapters in The Perfect Wife are set in two different timelines: before and after Abbie’s death  As Abbie’s memory slowly begins to recover, the reader gradually learns more about what happened in the months leading up to her disappearance. As secrets and lies are uncovered, the tension is extraordinary and I was keen to find out the truth.

There are several themes explored in The Perfect Wife including disability, feminism and sexuality. These add an extra layer to an ultimately intelligent novel.

The Perfect Wife is available from Amazon.

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