1 Oct 2021

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays: THE ECHO WIFE by Sarah Gailey

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays introduces readers who are unfamiliar with the Adult SF/F genre to books, authors, and discussions all about the vast expanse of the world of Adult SF/F!

THE ECHO WIFE

Author: Sarah Gailey
Series: N/A
Source: eARC from Publisher
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: February 16, 2021
Summary:

I’m embarrassed, still, by how long it took me to notice. Everything was right there in the open, right there in front of me, but it still took me so long to see the person I had married.

It took me so long to hate him.

Martine is a genetically cloned replica made from Evelyn Caldwell’s award-winning research. She’s patient and gentle and obedient. She’s everything Evelyn swore she’d never be.

And she’s having an affair with Evelyn’s husband.

Now, the cheating bastard is dead, and both Caldwell wives have a mess to clean up.

Good thing Evelyn Caldwell is used to getting her hands dirty.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

This book followed Dr. Evelyn Caldwell, told in the first person point of view, as she got dressed up in a fancy gown to celebrate herself and her legacy. She won a prestigious award for her cloning work. However, she was not in a celebratory mood because of her husband's extracurricular activities.

Her husband Nathan, who worked with her before he changed career, utilized her research to create a clone version of Evelyn named Martine and cheated on Evelyn with the clone. The clone was made to do everything Evelyn doesn't, including wanting to be a mother. One day, after an argument, Nathan ended up gotten stabbed. Evelyn couldn't let the police know because the secrets will unravel and her legacy would be ruined. The story was told in the present with many memories of the past.

The Echo Wife was an interesting read, part science fiction that dealt with cloning and part mystery thriller that dealt with Evelyn's childhood and her parents. I liked seeing how information were planted into someone. It's a neat trick.

I liked how the ending came together. I'm glad there's a solution for everyone. A workaholic like Evelyn, I guess I can understand why she doesn't want to bother herself with another man. I do recommend everyone to read this book and I'm looking forward to reading different opinions.

TLDR: This was my first Sarah Gailey book, but will definitely not be my last. I thought the writing was fantastic - Gailey has a great grasp of the craft and storytelling in general. The story never gave anything away before it needed to and always when you wanted a bit more information. I highly recommend this if you're looking for a look at ethical cloning!


Have you read this one? What was your favourite part?

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