The Echo Wife

Sarah Gailey

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.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

Sarah Gailey’s The Echo Wife is “a trippy domestic thriller which takes the extramarital affair trope in some intriguingly weird new directions.”–Entertainment Weekly

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) C.R.A.Z.Y.  I don’t think I knew what I was getting into with this book. It was definitely a #bookstagrammademedoit and I always love Tor so I figured I’d try it. Macmillan Audio gave me a copy and then the chaos ensued!

Cloning is fascinating stuff. Is it possible with humans? Do we want it possible with humans? One woman has figured it out. And it became a total nightmare. There are a total of 4 characters in this book. It’s very character driven and it’s done well. That is hard to do and keep readers interested so props to Gailey.

Martine is a clone of Evelyn, she’s everything Evelyn will never be. Somebody specifically made her that way. Without going into the story too much, if you love science and thrillers you will love this. It kept me at the edge of my seat. Their choices were unraveling huge consequences and I just couldn’t see a good outcome. But it all happened flawlessly. It’s crazy to think about!

Xe Sands did a great job with the narration. I loved her voice and the cadence was always just right!

Content Summary: Less than 5 F words, minimal language, abortion, spousal abuse, child abuse (few details), murder and dead bodies. It is labeled LGBTQ on Goodreads but the only reason I can think of why, is that two women live together but I did not get the impression they were in a relationship.

Thank you to Macmillan Audio and Tor Books for the ALC in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. This book sounds so interesting but I’m always scared to read books with a science element. I am very not picky about the science being accurate. 😬

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