The Echo Wife

The Echo Wife

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"'When they said all happy families are alike, I don't think this is what they meant...' Evelyn Caldwell's husband Nathan has been having an affair - with Evelyn Caldwell. Or, to be exact, with a genetically cloned replica. After a morning that begins with a confrontation and ends with Nathan's body bleeding out on the kitchen floor, the two Caldwell wives will have to think fast--before sharing everything includes sharing a jail cell. The Echo Wife is a non-stop thrill ride of lies, betrayal, and identity, perfect for fans of Big Little Lies and Killing Eve"--
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2021
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250174666
125017466X
Branch Call Number: FIC GAILEY 2021
Characteristics: 256 pages ; 22 cm

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booknrrd
Apr 20, 2021

This twisty novel is more of a psychological thriller with deep science fiction roots. Evelyn Caldwell is shocked when her husband Nathan's mistress calls upon her for help covering up a crime--Nathan's murder. Evelyn feels compelled to help because the mistress, Martine, is an illegal clone that Nathan secretly made using Evelyn's research. And that's not the only thing he was hiding!

While I sometimes found my interest flagging a little, I think this book would make a great discussion book with its ethical quandaries and complex characters. I really appreciated how it kept surprising me.

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Wako
Apr 06, 2021

The Echo Wife takes the reader to some unexpected places. Without spoiling the plot, I will say that what starts out feeling like a domestic mystery quickly evolves into a sci-fi piece on the ethics of cloning. But such a surface level reading glosses over many other deeper subjects this work speaks to, such as cycles of abuse, sexism in the workplace/academia, nature vs. nurture, individuality and identity, and how our relationships define, limit and shape us. On top of that, the author’s smooth prose drew me into the narrative quickly and left me wanting more when it was finished. I really didn’t care for Gailey’s Upright Women Wanted, but in The Echo Wife I found a story that resonated with me deeply.

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Checomick
Apr 05, 2021

I have not read their before. The story line is painful, yet compelling to keep going. So much emotion, so many ways the story could have gone and the last few chapters were a surprise.

JCLHeatherC Mar 19, 2021

Wow. This asks (but doesn’t really answer—in a good way) all kinds of ethical questions and then takes you on a different path you didn’t see coming. It was a quick read for me, I just had to know what was going to happen next!

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Katie_Dublin
Mar 12, 2021

Another fantastic, bizarre story from Sarah Gailey. Highly recommend.

IndyPL_MarianneK Mar 06, 2021

This is not your ordinary clone gone wrong story. This is an absolutely fascinating look at humanity and relationships. Be prepared to sit with this one for a while after you finish.

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NANCY STAUFFER
Feb 16, 2021

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JCLGreggW Feb 08, 2021

One of 2021's genre standouts. A devious psychological thriller interlaced with sci-fi (with just a PINCH of horror) this story of a scientist who must confront a surprise clone of her own leaps off the page and never takes a wrong turn.

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darladoodles
Feb 08, 2021

Ever since Dolly the sheep, cloning has been in our global conversation. Should we clone people, though. The ethical implications are infinite. As you know from reading the synopsis, a scientist discovers that her husband has cloned her with some deviations and is now having an affair with the new and improved Evelyn -- named Martine. Theoretically the clone should stay in her lane, but she doesn't and that sets in motion a domino effect that could threaten Evelyn's life's work. As we learn more about the cloning lab, we start to realize some of the reasons for creating clones while understanding the soul-killing effects that speak against it. Since Martine is pregnant, there is also some exploration of the abortion debate -- which, to be fair is inextricably linked to the issue of cloning. What constitutes a life? Who gets to be in charge? Flashbacks to Evelyn's childhood illuminate many of adult Evelyn's choices to the very end. If you liked 'The Perfect Wife' by J.P. Delaney and Blake Crouch's last two titles, this one is for you.

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aliciamarie
Jan 27, 2021

I'm not sure what exactly I expected going into this. I saw reviews describing it as Westworld meets Stepford Wives meets Big Little Lies. I would say all those comparisons are correct. Author Sarah Gailey did a wonderful job combining sci-fi with suspense. It was a book I truly enjoyed reading from start to finish.

This book is one crazy plot and I love it! Award winning scientist, Evelyn, has been replaced. Her husband has stolen her research and cloned her, ultimately leaving her for Martine, a woman who looks exactly like her and who possesses all the qualities and characteristics her now ex-husband wishes she had.

Evelyn, the main character, is a motivated and brilliant scientist. A workaholic who put her lab and experiments above all else. Many times she left her husband to sit at home alone while she perfected her cloning techniques. The story starts out with her winning a prestigious award for her discovery.

But her personal life has crumbled. Her husband has replaced her. Martine, Evelyn's clone, is the classic housewife- loving, caring, and obedient. She is everything Evelyn can never be.

Now her ex-husband is dead at the hands of her clone. A clone no one can ever know exists. Evelyn must help come up with a plan to cover up this disastrous situation. She is the only one who can solve this problem, it is all up to her.

The author does a phenomenal job explaining the technology and medical terms needed to understand how clones came to be. I will admit it was hard in my mind to wrap my head around the difference between a clone and an android. This was also a struggle for the main character, and I love how Evelyn was constantly struggling with the difference throughout the story.

Every once in while the reader gets a flashback chapter of Evelyn's life as a child, which helps explain why she is the seemingly cold-hearted, no-nonsense person she is now. These flashbacks were very helpful to try an understand Evelyn's way of thinking and decisions she makes.

Overall I highly enjoyed this novel. It was suspenseful, engaging, surprising and somehow heartwarming all in one. A 4 star read for me!

"The Echo Wife" is set to be released here in the U.S. on February 16, 2021 so preorder now! I feel like this is such a genre bending story that even if sci-fi isn't "your thing" you might highly enjoy this!

Thanks to Netgalley and Macmillan-Tor Forge for allowing me an e-galley to read and give my honest review.

Happy Reading!

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