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Publisher's Summary

Sarah Gailey's The Echo Wife is “a trippy domestic thriller which takes the extramarital affair trope in some intriguingly weird new directions.” (Entertainment Weekly)

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.  

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books

©2021 Sarah Gailey (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Surprisingly brilliant

When I read the storyline I thought maybe, maybe it will be interesting, maybe it will be entertaining. In the end it was much more. It asked interesting questions about morality, about responsibility, about love, without presuming to have the answers. I was provoked to consider my own assumptions. And was charmed by the two broken but lovely women at the heart of this story. Also the narrator was perfect and really made it her own. Great performance, bravo!

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Disturbing, Brilliant, Domestic Thriller

Dark, disturbing domestic thriller with Sci-Fi elements. This was brilliant. Horrifying but brilliant.

Evelyn, the main protagonist, is a very brilliant, ambitious, driven, obsessive scientist. At the start of the book (omg that first chapter – stunning) wins a prestigious award for her cloning research. However, what should be her triumph is completely overtaken by the fact that she knows her husband stole her research and has left her for her ‘Stepford Wife’ version clone. And if you think you know how the novel is going to go from there, you are so wrong.

I want to continue, to explain how the lifelong domestic abuse brings a character who is such an unreliable narrator that others have to explain emotional currency, a character who has been trained to be an inobservant observer. But if I explain it will create spoilers, let me just say this will stay with you long after you have read this novel.

Narration was excellent, giving Evelyn the needed emotionlessness needed. But I do wish that the acknowledgements at the end of the book has been included (some of which are chilling)

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  • Rachelle
  • 2021-02-18

So many levels

Sarah Gailey just keeps getting better. Gailey adds layers and layers and a good dose of suspense to the standard literary tropes of cloning. I went in blind and was glad I did. Xe Sands was great, as always.

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  • Meghan Soto
  • 2021-03-16

It could have done so much more

I loved the idea of this story, but it just didn't go to the places I wanted it to. And I felt there were many plot holes or loose ends that could have brought the whole thing down, bit were never mentioned.

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  • S.A. Palmer
  • 2021-03-03

One sitting

Couldn’t stop till the very end. Really enjoyed this original story. Narrator is just amazing!!

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  • Deb Kastner
  • 2021-04-11

Kept waiting for a twist

The story started off interesting but then went downhill from there. Quite slow and with few surprises. I only listened to the end because I thought there must be something, but no. Save your credit.

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  • Tim Beedle
  • 2021-04-03

Complex Characters with Complex Problems

I enjoyed this book quite a bit, which was one I purchased on a whim after hearing the premise. I’ll admit, it’s not exactly what I expected. Gailey’s story focuses largely on what happens after the protagonist’s husband leaves her for a clone he’d secretly made of her, not on the infidelity itself. It’s a dark story driven by a lead character who isn’t always likable, and that suggests the clones, who are not considered human, are far more humane than their biological counterparts. But don’t think this is all sci-fi philosophizing. There’s plenty of secrets, lies and murder to keep things entertaining. I particularly enjoyed the narrator’s sandy-voiced delivery, which manages to break just the right amount when the protagonist is admitting things to herself that she’s not proud of or is upset about. I’ll be looking for more books read by Xe Sands after experiencing this one, for certain!

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  • xtinaluvspink
  • 2021-02-25

Unexpected plot twists led to a quality story

I picked this mostly on a whim and am glad I did so! What seemed predictable at the beginning turned into a story with some unpredictable plot twists that challenge the listener's stance on morality when it comes to "created" beings and if/how they differ from "birthed" beings. Really good story with expert-level vocabulary that certainly kept me interested.

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  • Joy
  • 2021-03-16

Uneventful

The story was slow moving. The narrator's voice was monotone and the main character was extremely unlikeable. The end fit the storyline. Had potential but wouldn't recommend.

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  • kat heatherington
  • 2021-10-22

not worth it

the story might have potential, maybe, but it's drowned in a sea of angst. absolute waste of time. the narrator sounds wracked and like she's some stranger telling you her life story univited at a party after one too many drinks.

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  • Minimalist9909
  • 2021-03-23

The narrator brought this to life

This book was very interesting and satisfying on a lot of levels but the narrator definitely elevated it to the point where you felt like you really knew the lead character and empathize d with her. I’m gonna look at other books that she has narrated

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  • Avanna
  • 2021-03-01

BORING

This wasn't a thriller. Its pretty boring. I loved the theme of it but the actual thought out the book nothing happened really.

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