I hadn’t read a science fiction book in a while, so I was excited to pick up The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey! I’d describe it as a soft science fiction novel, with a mix of thriller elements and technology/scientific detail.
When brilliant scientist Evelyn gets a call from her ex-husband’s mistress – who happens to be a cloned replica of her – she wonders why this woman chose to reach out to her. But when she finds out her ex-husband is dead, she has no choice but to get involved.
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The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey: My Thoughts
I loved the concept here – it totally reminded me of a Black Mirror episode or a Blake Crouch book. (Both of which I love!). If you’ve read The Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney, this story has a similar genre/feel to it.
It delves into the grey area of progress and innovation, where we can’t always anticipate the implications of what we create.
This was surprisingly emotional, and there were lots of twists and turns along the way. I loved getting glimpses into Evelyn’s past, and seeing how she became the person she is. Martine’s character was just as interesting – but in a very different way (you’ll see why if you read it!).
There are times when the story can be a bit slower or get a little science-heavy, but I really enjoyed it overall!
It was a fascinating techno-thriller with interesting characters, science fiction undertones, and a bit of mystery at its core. I think this will appeal to those who might not normally read science fiction – as long as you enjoy a tense story that also makes you think!
Rating: 4 (out of 5) stars
Release date: February 16th, 2021
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