Abbie awakens in a daze with no memory of who she is or how she landed in this unsettling condition. The man by her side claims to be her husband. He’s a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative start-ups. He tells Abbie that she is a gifted artist, an avid surfer, a loving mother to their young son, and the perfect wife. He says she had a terrible accident five years ago and that, through a huge technological breakthrough, she has been brought back from the abyss.

She is a miracle of science.

But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins questioning her husband’s motives—and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together forever? And what really happened to Abbie half a decade ago?

Beware the man who calls you . . .



My Thoughts: At first glance, The Perfect Wife could be one man’s attempt to recreate his dead wife, unable to move on after the loss of her. Since he is adept at technological advances, what Tim does to create his dream wife seems almost sweet.

But it doesn’t take long for the artificial version to fill the reader in on the true motives, and even then, we have persistent questions about what is really going on.

The story unfolds in alternating narratives: Real Abbie vs. Artificial Version. We soon come to empathize with each part of her, turning pages rapidly to learn what she will ultimately decide to do when her very existence is threatened.

At the very end, I was stunned by what happened. Could there be some kind of happiness in whatever chosen existence prevails? Would the Real Abbie please stand up? 5 stars.

***My e-ARC came from the publisher via NetGalley.




Welcome to another Thursday, and the ramblings that make up My Bookish (and Not So Bookish Thoughts), hosted by Bookishly Boisterous.

Did you all have a wonderful holiday season?  I know that I ate too much, and my adorable grown kids gave me boxes of chocolates, among other things.  What were they thinking?

My daughter’s gift card for Cheesecake Factory came in handy yesterday, when I had a long, decadent lunch with an old friend.


cheesecake factory

Another benefit of the New Year…I had made a resolution to upgrade my phone, so last Saturday, I bought my iPhone 5s, my first ever smartphone.  At first I was frustrated, as everything was so different, but by the time I started taking pictures, sending them, and finally getting the hang of the texting…I was in.  And last night I finally added Facebook to my phone. 

My phone now has a name:  Phoebe.

I think I am always the last person on earth to move on up technologically.  I got my first VCR (remember those?) in 1984, after everyone else had them.  And my DVR in 1999.

I got my Facebook page in 2008…the year I started blogging.  I love both of those experiences.

So there you have it…oh, and my Kindle in 2010, but only because my daughter gave it to me for Christmas.  I love it, of course, my dear Sparky…and now I will soon upgrade that device.



How do you face technological change?  Do you embrace it, or lag along until you see how everyone else is managing?  That last one is me.  LOL


On the bookish front, I was examining my pages on Curl up and Read, where I document books read, purchased, and review books read…and discovered an interesting fact (for me, anyway).

While I read and reviewed 181 books in 2014, 88 of them were review books from authors, publishers, and Amazon Vine.  The rest, of course, were books I purchased, not necessarily in 2014.  We went over those numbers in this post:  New Year’s Eve Thoughts, in which I diagnosed myself with Compulsive Book Buying Disorder.

I purchased 151 books in 2014!




I am trying to do better…someone once told me that “trying is lying,” and that sticks in my craw, a little bit.

But here’s the evidence so far:  I have downloaded three books this year so far.  Now downloads don’t count, do they?  LOL

That’s what I tell myself as I click away.  But maybe I have curbed my impulses a little bit.

On the review front, I have received three review books so far, and all of them came this week.

Today I’m reading a book on Sparky that I downloaded last year:  Betrayed, by Lisa Scottoline.





Blockbuster author Lisa Scottoline returns to the Rosato & Associates law firm with Betrayed, and maverick lawyer Judy Carrier takes the lead in a case that’s more personal than ever.  Judy has always championed the underdog, so when Iris, the housekeeper and best friend of Judy’s beloved Aunt Barb, is found dead of an apparent heart attack, Judy begins to suspect foul play.  The circumstances of the death leave Judy with more questions than answers, and never before has murder struck so close to home.


So that’s my bookish (and not so bookish) world.  What does your world look like today?