Publisher: Tor Books + Macmillan Audio
Release Date: February 16, 2021
Genre: Science Fiction / Psychological Thriller
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.
The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey is one strange little book. It is pretty short at under 300 pages and 8.5 hours for the audiobook, so it goes by really quickly but I just have no idea what to think about it. I was immediately pulled in by both the cover and synopsis, and I am usually a big fan of science fiction. I don’t know if it was the writing or the content but there was something about this book that didn’t fully pull me in like I was hoping it would. The clone aspect was intriguing and there is some disturbing content that I was definitely here for. The pacing was a little off for me and slow at first, but I was listening to the audiobook, so it wasn’t a big deal. It felt like it went by really quickly though and I finished it in 1 afternoon so that’s something!
The audiobook itself was a big winner for me and it is narrated by Xe Sands who is one of my favorite narrators. I think her narration is one thing that really helped me stick it out until the very end, but on top of that, it was just so bizarre that I didn’t want to put it down. I went in pretty blindly just knowing The Echo Wife had a sci-fi quality and I think it is best described as a mix of that and psychological thriller. The cloning aspect was explained in a way I could understand, and I can’t believe how much Gailey was able to pack into this small novel. A magazine compared The Echo Wife to Black Mirror, and I can definitely see that based on what I know about the show. So, if you are a fan of Black Mirror and/or clone stories this is definitely worth checking out.
I received an advanced listening copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.