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? – Goodreads.com
I received a copy of this ebook free via NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
I barely skimmed the premise of this novel, it was actually the cover and the author that drew me in because it was so similar to The Girl Before, so I somehow managed to dive in not realising it was going to be a sci-fi. I don’t actually read a lot of sci-fi, mostly because I find a lot of it is set in space and I prefer the technology side of things.
This book gave me MAJOR Stepford Wives, I, Robot, and Bladerunner vibes which I absolutely loved. Three of my favourite tales!
I’m not usually a fan of second person perspective, though in this case I felt it really worked. It made the story feel all the more creepy, as though you’re being watched, throughout, and there were little breaks in between with a different perspective that made it a bit less overbearing.
The plot was so intricately woven, and the characters were quite surprising. It kind of had a tiny hint of American Psycho, though I don’t want to give too much away.
The story gives you hope and then takes it away and gives it back and takes it away again. It’s a wild ride.
Delaney also writes of the parents having an autistic child, which he speaks about in the acknowledgements, referencing his own experience. I found the way he wrote about the child in this novel very real, very honest and so loving. I would read it again just to re-experience that.
All in all, a really good read and now I’m thinking I need to go back and finish The Girl Before!