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The Perfect Wife

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781786488558

Price: £9.99

ON SALE: 23rd January 2020

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Thriller / Suspense

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‘Seriously, amazingly, awesomely brilliant’
CJ Tudor, author of The Chalk Man

‘Chilling . . . compulsive and deeply thought-provoking’
Cara Hunter, author of Close to Home


“There’s something I have to explain, my love,” he says, taking your hand in his. “That wasn’t a dream. It was an upload.”

Abbie wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of how she got there. The man by her side explains that he’s her husband. He’s a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative startups. He tells Abbie she’s a gifted artist, a doting mother to their young son, and the perfect wife.

Five years ago, she suffered a terrible accident. Her return from the abyss is a miracle of science, a breakthrough in artificial intelligence that has taken him half a decade to achieve.

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 for ever? And what really happened to her, half a decade ago?

A gripping psychological thriller, perfect for fans of The Woman in the Window and The Wife Between Us.


See what everyone is saying about JP Delaney, the hottest name in psychological thrillers:

‘DAZZLING’ – Lee Child
‘ADDICTIVE’ – Daily Express
‘DEVASTATING’ – Daily Mail
‘INGENIOUS’ – New York Times
‘COMPULSIVE’ – Glamour Magazine
‘ELEGANT’ – Peter James
‘SEXY’ – Mail on Sunday
‘ENTHRALLING’ – Woman and Home
‘ORIGINAL’ – The Times
‘RIVETING’ – Lisa Gardner
‘CREEPY’ – Heat
‘SATISFYING’ – Reader’s Digest
‘SUPERIOR’ – The Bookseller

And if you loved The Perfect Wife, you’ll love JP Delaney’s sensational new thriller, Playing Nice – out now in paperback.


This is going to be the buzziest book of 2017 . . . This year The Girl Before will be that book
I was instantly gripped and held captivated by the pace and elegant writing. I devoured it in two straight sittings
Peter James
Dazzling - a pitch-perfect thriller
Lee Child
Riveting! One of the most compelling page-turners I've read in years. Twisty, turny, and with an ending not to be missed!
Lisa Gardner
The tension is built up subtly, leading to a devastating climax. A really clever thriller . . . [the film] will no doubt become the third big 'Girl' film
Daily Mail
Slick, sexy, suspenseful and smart
Mail on Sunday
Original and entertaining
The Times
A deeply addictive literary thriller that deserves to be one of this year's biggest successes
Daily Express
Get hooked on this hair-raiser about a woman who scores what seems like her dream home . . . until she finds out the mysterious fate of the previous tenant
Creepy . . . The buzz around this could not be fizzier
The Girl Before is deservedly anointed the 'top girl' of this season's suspense novels
The Washington Post
A compulsive, sexy thriller that's set to soar
Glamour Magazine Online
Constantly cranking up the suspense . . . a thoroughly satisfying read
Reader's Digest
Woman and Home
A guaranteed best-seller
Red Magazine
The most intriguing plot idea I've seen in a good while
The Spectator
Genuinely eerie . . . beautifully handled . . . the pages fly
USA Today
Riveting . . . Writing with precision and grace, Delaney strips away the characters' secrets until the raw truth of each is revealed
Publishers Weekly
A guaranteed best-seller
Original and brilliantly written
The Sun
JP Delaney builds the suspense
Vanity Fair
The New York Times
The plotting is exceptionally well thought-through
Irish Independent
A masterfully crafted spellbinder . . . guaranteed to astonish
A crisp psychological thriller
Sainsbury's Magazine
The Girl Before is more than worthy of the accolades . . . a complex triangle of twisted obsession . . . say goodbye to your nails
Boundless Magazine
A great thriller and one that instantly hooks you in, in the very first line, and never lets you go . . . utterly compelling and very satisfying . . . A wonderful portrayal of psychological obsession at its creepy best
Peter James for Big Issue North
The Girl Before is a cat-and-mouse game that toys with our expectations and twists our sympathies. At times almost unbearably suspenseful, it keeps us guessing from the first page to the very last. Don't miss it
Joseph Finder
One of the best thrillers you'll read in 2017
New York Journal of Books
A completely original psychological thriller that grabs you and doesn't let go
Karen Cleveland, author of Need to Know
Dynamic, razor-sharp and thought-provoking . . . The Perfect Wife is a cutting-edge suspense novel unlike any you've read before. A must read!
Mary Kubica, author of The Good Girl
A tour-de-force. A chilling and uniquely disturbing 21st-century twist on the unreliable narrator makes for a compulsive and deeply thought-provoking psychological thriller
Cara Hunter, author of Close to Home
Seriously, amazingly, awesomely brilliant
CJ Tudor, author of The Chalk Man
Scarily believable and utterly thought-provoking. I genuinely feared for Abbie and couldn't figure out who to trust in this unputdownable thriller
Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend
Compulsively readable . . . The highly unusual setup sets this one above the thriller pack
Publishers Weekly
The narrative complexity, characterisation and gradual unravelling of the truth is a triumph of pacing and suspense
Woman & Home
The kind of novel words like 'unputdownable' were invented for . . . Delaney pulls it off brilliantly, with an intoxicating knack for suspense . . . captivating, deeply engrossing
One of the most ingenious books you'll read this year... A thrilling examination of what it is to be human
Daily Mail
An intriguing novel of ideas . . . plays with its themes (from AI and art to autism) just as absorbingly as recent literary fiction withsimilar preoccupations
Sunday Times
Readers who liked Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson will enjoy The Perfect Wife
First-rate psychological suspense
The twists are primed and deployed with a master craftsman's skill
Sunday Express