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The Echo Wife Reviews

The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey

The Echo Wife: A dark, fast-paced unsettling domestic thriller

Sarah Gailey

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1 review

Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 18 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9781529354492

A dark, fast-paced unsettling domestic thriller with real heart to make you turn the pages as each new shocking - and sweetly sadistic - twist is revealed. It's Big Little Lies meet Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror.

2 stars out of 5
Lisa Tuttle
12 Mar 2021

"Gailey’s main concern is showing how people are shaped by others ... but the novel doesn’t rise above the banal."

The Echo Wife (Hodder, £17.99) begins as scientific superstar Evelyn discovers that her husband has been cheating on her … with her own clone. Evelyn has come up with a way to grow adult clones from a DNA sample, capable of speech and understanding, the original’s personality imprinted on their brains. Legally they are not people, merely disposable tools. The horror of a society that would allow this is never touched upon, nor are there any moral or economic arguments made for their use. The plot is even more full of holes: Evelyn is a genius, yet her husband (a mere academic) not only runs with her idea, he manages to secretly produce her clone in his spare time.