The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney
Five years ago Abbie disappeared. Now she is back, but she is different. She’s not really herself. She’s a robot constructed by her grief-stricken husband uploaded the digital presence of his wife: her emails, Instagram, Facebook and other electronic information. Cobot (companion robot) Abbie is trying to learn how to navigate the world and understand her autistic son and husband. She knows she’s not Abbie, but she’s starting to feel like she is her and finds herself obsessed with trying to discover what happened to the woman that she has become.
While Abbie the cobot is a robot that looks very much like the human her body and mind is based upon she is not anatomically correct nor does she eat, though like the woman she resembles she enjoys cooking. Cobot Abbie is learning through doing and is starting to feel like she is indeed Abbie and is starting to piece together what may have happened the night Abbie disappeared. Through friends and co-workers the cobot begins to piece together what Abbie’s life was like and where she may have gone: But did she leave? Or did she die in the ocean that night?
What does it mean to be alive? What makes us human? Is there enough information out there about us to recreate a copy of our minds and self? There are so many questions the book brings up while telling a terrifying story of suspense. There is one question at the core of the novel: what makes a perfect wife?