ARC Review: The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey

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 the Caldwell wives have a mess to clean up. Good thing Evelyn Caldwell is used to getting her hands dirty. 

I decided to pick this one because I really enjoyed one novella of the author, Upright Women Wanted. While that was a lot of fun, this book is a whole collection of WTF moments.

Considering this is my first book with clones, I understood whatever basic scientific information that author wanted to give us. And despite the subject matter of this novel, it is less of a sci-fi and more of a character driven story of two women who’ve been betrayed by the same man. While one of them is full of anger and regrets and wonders who exactly knows the real her, the other woman just wants the agency to be able to make her own decisions and be proud of them. The struggles they go through together until they form a very unique kind of relationship is very fascinating to read about. It was also interesting to contemplate if cloning would become a reality in our future and what kind of moral and ethical dilemmas we would have to face.

In the end, this was both mind blowing and mundane at the same time. Interesting concepts and characters make this an enjoyable thriller, but the ending kinda didn’t live up to my expectations. However, if you enjoy futuristic stories that’ll make you think while also entertaining you, then I would totally recommend this book.

PS: Thank you to Tor Books and Netgalley for providing me with this advance copy. All opinions expressed here unbiased and solely mine.

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  1. Ooh, if you want another really great clones book, can I recommend Mur Lafferty’s Six Wakes? It deals with a society where cloning is possible so they’ve developed a whole array of ethical and legal standards for cloning — but mainly it’s a locked door murder mystery in space! Really fun and fascinating.

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