The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey tackles a lot of the questions raised by the idea of cloning — Is a clone human? If you could make a near-exact duplicate of a person, would you and should you? And oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.
Evelyn Caldwell is a bristly researcher whom we meet as she is being presented with a prestigious award for her ground-breaking work with creating copies of human beings, while also coping with the aftermath of martial breakup. Husband Nathan has taken up with another woman who happens to be, well …
I never know how far to go in revealing an author’s surprises. Evelyn has to negotiate quite a handful of surprises in this novel, some we might have seen coming, and others not so much. Gailey earns every surprise in this solid science-fiction thriller.
The audio performance by Xe Sands is outstanding. The narrator adds another layer to the emotion of the story.