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The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey (eARC) | A Reading, Reading, Reading Review

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There are only a handful of times where I have gone out of my way to read an Advanced Readers Copy months before it’s release date. That being said, when I was provided with an eARC of The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey in August via Netgalley, I took to my Kindle to read it that same day. And I can proudly say, I definitely made the right decision in doing so!

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Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

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
When they said all happy families are alike, this can’t be what they meant…

This thriller was incredibly well written and paced. I have never read a Sarah Gailey novel before, but I know that people typically tend to enjoy her writing. This book was no exception. The writing was very simple and easy to understand. It was also very to the point and efficient in this story. The novel was paced very well, being suspenseful at certain times, while also being stagnant at others.

I also really enjoyed the small cast of characters. There are essentially only four characters that are central to this story, which I enjoyed immensely, as several thrillers I have read feature a high number of characters that I typically find hard to differentiate. While none of the characters were very likeable or rememberable, I thought they were written perfectly for the purpose of this novel.

My favourite part of this novel was the cloning aspect, which turned out to be no surprise. Whenever I read a thriller that has a tech or sci-fi element, I always end up loving it and enjoy seeing it intertwined in the novel. While I am not a huge sci-fi reader, I find sci-fi tropes in thrillers so engrossing and compelling, which is why I initially added this to my most anticipated list for 2021!

The plot itself was great. As I said earlier, this books really encapsulated everything I love in thrillers. A family/domestic drama, murder, and a sci-fi element! At times, I would have enjoyed a bit more action. I also thought that the ending dragged on a tad. But other than that, this book was fantastic! Overall, I rated it 4.25/5 stars!

Thanks to Macmillan-Tor/Forge and Netgalley for providing me with an eARC to read and review!

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