The Perfect Wife Book Review

The Perfect Wife Book Review

Title: The Perfect Wife
Author: J P Delaney
Published: August 6, 2019, Ballantine Books
No. of Pages: 432
Cover Price: $27.00 Hardcover, $29.00 Large Print Paperback, $13.99 Kindle

The Perfect Wife by J P Delaney is a psychological suspense novel that will reel in readers from the start. When Abbie awakens in the hospital, she is told that she was involved in a serious auto accident and with medical technology has been brought back from a five-year coma. Her husband, who is a techie in Silicon Valley, explains their marriage, but Abbie isn’t sure things are being presented correctly. Everything she is told is meant to build memories that she doesn’t remember. Actually, this novel has a dystopian feel, and brings to mind the 1972 Ira Levin novel, The Stepford Wives.

Delaney, British author of several bestselling psychological novels, is a great storyteller, and draws audiences in with unique scenarios. Is it possible for someone to use technology to create a person with memories and history? That is the question readers will ask throughout the novel. The characters are well-developed, the book is organized, and the writing is easy-to-follow. The fact that this is fiction makes it possible for the author to introduce several ideas that would be unbelievable in a factual setting, but while reading, they seem viable. Readers will be on the edges of their seats throughout the novel. There are plenty of surprising ups and downs, and readers won’t have any idea what is really happening until the dénouement.

For readers who enjoy psychological thrillers, J P Delaney is an author to watch. There isn’t a lot of violence, language, or sexual connotation, but there is plenty of suspense, which builds constantly and doesn’t stop to the end.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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