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The Echo Wife by [Sarah Gailey]

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About the Author

Hugo Award-winning and bestselling author Sarah Gailey is the author of the novels The Echo Wife and Magic for Liars. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and The Boston Globe, and they won a Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. Their fiction credits also include Vice and The Atlantic. Their debut novella, River of Teeth, was a 2018 finalist for both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.


Top Ten LibraryReads Pick!

"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."

" It’s gross, and totally engrossing." Wired

"For fans of HBO's
Westworld; Netflix's Black Mirror; Taylor Swift's song 'No Body, No Crime'...What happens when An Affair to Remember and genetic cloning collide? A mind-bending psychological page-turner that examines toxic relationships, loneliness, and female ambition." ―Marie Claire

“Gailey will have readers pondering what truly makes someone human.”
―Shelf Awareness for Readers

“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.”

“This unique and inventive tale is a genre-bending, roller coaster of unsettling fun.” ―

“The Echo Wife puts a fresh sci-fi twist to a well-worn dramatic story about the cheating husband.”―

“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.”―

“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.”―

“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." ―

"LOVE, death and human cloning have never been brought together so well as they are in The Echo Wife, a fast-paced thriller that is as funny as it is thought-provoking." ―
New Scientist

"A rip-roaring, razor-sharp powerhouse of a book." ―

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

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07WPNG138
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tor Books; 1st edition (February 16, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 16, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2346 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 254 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 1,964 ratings

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Hugo award winner Sarah Gailey is an internationally published writer of fiction and nonfiction. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and the Boston Globe, and they are a regular contributor for and Barnes & Noble. Their most recent fiction credits include Fireside Fiction,, and The Atlantic. Their debut novella, River of Teeth, was published in 2017 via and was a 2018 Hugo and Nebula award finalist. Their adult novel debut, Magic For Liars, was published by Tor Books in June 2019. Their Young Adult novel debut, When We Were Magic, will be published by Simon Pulse in Spring 2020. You can find links to their work at; find them on social media @gaileyfrey.

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4.1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 22, 2022
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3.0 out of 5 stars My worst fear regarding clones!!
By The Nerdy Narrative on October 22, 2022
"From that moment, I was the only one who knew what I truly was. I was the only one who knew what I had done.

To be alone with that knowledge was the most dreadful thing I had ever felt."

I finally read THE ECHO WIFE because it was voted as the October pick for the Wine & Crime Book Club. It had been on my Want to Read list ever since I first saw it reviewed by Angela on the Literature Science Alliance YouTube channel.

This domestic thriller is about Evelyn Caldwell - we meet her as she is receiving a crowning achievement for the work she'd accomplished in the field of genetic engineering in regards to clones. The moment where Evelyn should be riding the waves of accolades - she's instead drowning in despair. Her life had recently become a shambles in the wake of discovering her husband had been cheating on her. What's worse is that her husband, Nathan, was cheating on her with an illegally made clone of Evelyn. What's even more worse - Nathan ends up dead and now it's up to Evelyn and her clone to handle the dilemma that his death presents.

I have a confession to make. Clones, the idea of them - what they could do or be capable of - scares the stuffing out of me. My imagination just takes off. I had so many questions that I was hoping would be answered in some form by the end of the novel, but sadly were left open. I was interested in seeing what the author would come up with, but alas! I loved the constant fear that the clone, Martine, would be discovered and really wanted to know how Evelyn would handle the situation. So while I loved the idea behind the story, I felt a little let down in the execution of it - I wanted more involving the questions raised in regards to the clone research.

The main characters we spend time with: Nathan, Martine, Evelyn and Seyed - I did empathize with Martine and her situation she found herself in as she had no say, but Seyed I was neutral on and the other two turkeys I downright did NOT like. Maybe that was the intent here. My personal opinion is this book was the a fictional representation of the long term effects of abuse, in the case of Evelyn Caldwell, child abuse. It sounds as though it was left untreated and while she functioned, she was never able to really form any type of meaningful relationships.

I did enjoy the story, it's worth the read but not one that I could see myself rereading.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting
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