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"A razor-sharp psychological thriller... Gailey's expertise with suspense and their success in presenting the reader with impossible choices about the ethics of cloning, biological programming and editing, and of Evelyn’s specific, difficult situation, will leave the reader thinking about the novel long after the final page."―Booklist, starred review
"For those familiar with Gailey's work, expect this one to offer familiar pleasures and some new surprises. And for those who aren't, well, get ready." ―Entertainment Weekly
"Creepy, exhilarating science fiction... A series of dark reveals that leave both the characters and the audience reeling. Readers won't want to put this one down." ―Publisher's Weekly
“A tight, thrilling and funny ride...Gailey’s writing is controlled, visceral and especially dazzling when Martine and Evelyn are in a room together. Fans of “Big Little Lies,” The Island, Frankenstein and “Killing Eve” will love this gripping, skillfully told firecracker of a book." ―Bookpage
" It’s gross, and totally engrossing." ―Wired
“If you loved Big Little Lies, but wished it was more like Westworld, then best-selling author Sarah Gailey’s latest novel might be the perfect 2021 read for you.” ―BookRiot
“This unique and inventive tale is a genre-bending, roller coaster of unsettling fun.” ―Newsweek
“The Echo Wife puts a fresh sci-fi twist to a well-worn dramatic story about the cheating husband.”―Cosmopolitan.com
“The Echo Wife is a non-stop thrill ride, perfect for readers of Big Little Lies and enthusiasts of Killing Eve and Westworld.”―The Nerd Daily
“Adark comedy, romance and sci-fi story rolled into one unputdownable novel.”―Tech Radar
“Leave it to Sarah Gailey to turn the simple pitch of “clone of wife is having an affair with real wife’s husband” into an incredible dissertation on gender, relationships, and selfhood...The Echo Wife is a tightly crafted, cerebral thriller with an intelligent narrator.”―Tor.com
“Taking a simple concept, Gailey manages to masterfully turn it into an emotionally charged story full of considerations about one’s role in life and the meaning of life more generally. The Echo Wife took me apart and broke my heart several times over and I devoured it like the masochist I am. I couldn’t put the story down...a brilliant book.”―Grimdark
“A non-stop thrill ride.” –The Mary Sue
“The Echo Wife” is a unique, thrilling adventure, with truly unexpected twists and turns the whole way through...Gailey has created an enjoyable, edge-of-your-seat tale that will keep readers on their toes."―Associated Press
"Cooked right, science fiction and murder mysteries taste great together, and Gailey layers those ingredients together with a chef's kiss." ―NPR
Advance bookseller praise for The Echo Wife
“Fans of The Wife Between Us and Black Mirror will love this brutally human story of betrayal and revenge!” ―Jessica Dushame, White Birch Books
“Sarah Gailey continues to astound and unsettle with THE ECHO WIFE…[it] leaves you missing the bus stop, reading at dinner, and squirming in your seat uncomfortably…and I
“A great debut . . . a unique spin on magical noir.” ―The Verge loved every moment of the experience.” ―Mariana N Calderon, Second Star to the Right Books
“The Echo Wife is a speculative thriller reminiscent of Ex Machina that’ll have dark thoughts sliding under your skin and remaining there indefinitely.” ―Leah Atlee, Bright Side Bookshop
Praise for Magic for Liars
“An eerie and highly entertaining magical mystery." ―Buzzfeed, Summer Books to Get Excited About
“A brilliant whodunnit in the vein of The Magicians.” ―BoingBoing
“It's Harry Potter meets Megan Abbott.” ―The AV Club
“A great debut...a unique spin on magical noir.” ―The Verge
"A private investigator takes a job investigating a murder at a magic school in California. Our PI never developed magic ability, much to her dismay―so we enter that world with the same longing for specialness that she does. Whether it’s the 'murder investigation' part of that summary that grabs you or the 'magic school' part, this winsome, clever book will definitely engage you."--Veronica Roth, #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Divergent series
“Full of suspense and magic, with a protagonist as sharp and tart as a lemon, Sarah Gailey has written an unmissable debut.”―Adrienne Celt, author of Invitation to a Bonfire
“I loved Sarah Gailey's Magic for Liars…it broke my heart, and I longed for the world of this story anyway.”―Kat Howard, author of An Unkindness of Magicians
“Weird and wonderful…Sarah Gailey is a writer to watch.” ―Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath
About the Author
- ASIN : B07WPNG138
- Publisher : Tor Books; 1st edition (February 16, 2021)
- Publication date : February 16, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2327 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 253 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1529354501
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,045 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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OK - this novel has layers. If you want a space opera action type book with a simplistic good guy vs bad guy, this isn't it.
If you like trite tidy plot packages with predictable happily ever after - this isn't that either
If you like complex and achingly human character development seen through the lens of a mostly reliable narrator, this here is your kind of literature, and I do mean literature.
Science fiction, the best kind of science fiction, is the SF that allows us to take one step, whether small or large, away from our reality so that we can look back at ourselves from a different perspective; The Echo Wife is that kind of science fiction - the best kind.
Edit 2/26/2021: Anybody who cannot sympathize with the narrator while simultaneously judging her is probably a follower of "traditional" roles for women of the narrower type. Why? Because smart women, ambitious women, women who espouse values that are considered normal for men, are often judged harshly by anti-feminists. And that difference is a key theme of this novel.
This story is told in the first person, which usually means that the reader can expect to identify with some of the narrator's thoughts and experiences. This is NOT the case. The narrator, which is also the central character, is a pretty unlikeable (pretty despicable really) person - and their character development is hard to identify with or take much interest in. Unfortunately, incredulously, there is virtually no other development of any of the other characters in the entire story. Character development is kind of the point of fiction.
So, what does that leave the reader with? Well, the plot. The plot starts out good. It has lots of intriguing possibilities, which is probably what led me to buying the book in the first place. Lots of potential for surprises, character double-crosses, and a possible intriguing look into the future (even if it might be a 'dark' future). But after the first few chapters it begins to go downhill. Each succeeding chapter gets filled with more and more pointless, verbose details, all the while the characters get more and more ugly. I never figured out what the author was trying to accomplish. Why write something so depressing? So much more could have been done with this plot. But instead the middle felt pretty uninspired and the ending (as I struggled to get there) fell flat. Too make matters worse, as I got more and more bored with the characters and the action, I couldn't help stepping back and analyzing the plausibility of the storyline as a whole, and saw that it was flawed at ever turn. In my final analysis, the plot was just absurd.
Hmmm. I guess I should have given it only one star . . .
Evelyn seems to have it all except for a successful marriage. Her husband, Nathan, has left her. He's left her for another woman. The other woman is Evelyn's clone. Gailey leads us on a merry chase full of intrigue and plot twists.
This is a fascinating story of what makes us human. If a clone is programmed to have certain traits, can those be changed? Can clones grow into being actual people? What are the ramifications of clones which do not grow properly?
This is also a story of abuse: abused children who grow up, husbands who control their wives as abuse, etc. It's a cautionary tale for couples who do not communicate.
As a person who has been abused, who is finally hitting their stride, thank you for this.
Top reviews from other countries
A story of abuse told in a very different way.