'Seriously, amazingly, awesomely brilliant'
CJ Tudor, author of The Chalk Man
'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
"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
'MORE THAN A MATCH FOR PAULA HAWKINS' - Sunday Times
Scarily believable and utterly thought-provoking. I genuinely feared for Abbie and couldn't figure out who to trust in this unputdownable thrillerDynamic, razor-sharp and thought-provoking . . . The Perfect Wife is a cutting-edge suspense novel unlike any you've read before. A must read!This is going to be the buzziest book of 2017 . . . This year The Girl Before will be that bookI was instantly gripped and held captivated by the pace and elegant writing. I devoured it in two straight sittingsDazzling - a pitch-perfect thrillerRiveting! One of the most compelling page-turners I've read in years. Twisty, turny, and with an ending not to be missed!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' filmSlick, sexy, suspenseful and smartOriginal and entertainingA deeply addictive literary thriller that deserves to be one of this year's biggest successesGet 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 tenantCreepy . . . The buzz around this could not be fizzierThe Girl Before is deservedly anointed the 'top girl' of this season's suspense novelsA compulsive, sexy thriller that's set to soarConstantly cranking up the suspense . . . a thoroughly satisfying readEnthrallingA guaranteed best-sellerThe most intriguing plot idea I've seen in a good whileGenuinely eerie . . . beautifully handled . . . the pages flyRiveting . . . Writing with precision and grace, Delaney strips away the characters' secrets until the raw truth of each is revealedA guaranteed best-sellerOriginal and brilliantly writtenJP Delaney builds the suspenseIngeniousThe plotting is exceptionally well thought-throughA masterfully crafted spellbinder . . . guaranteed to astonishA crisp psychological thrillerThe Girl Before is more than worthy of the accolades . . . a complex triangle of twisted obsession . . . say goodbye to your nailsA 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 bestThe 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 itOne of the best thrillers you'll read in 2017Compulsively readable . . . The highly unusual setup sets this one above the thriller packAn intriguing novel of ideas . . . plays with its themes (from AI and art to autism) just as absorbingly as recent literary fiction withsimilar preoccupations
Readers who liked Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson will enjoy The Perfect Wife
JP Delaney's first psychological thriller, The Girl Before, was an instant Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and went on to sell over a million copies worldwide. His subsequent books Believe Me, The Perfect Wife, and Playing Nice were also top ten bestsellers, while Playing Nice was a Richard and Judy Book Club selection. Recently, JP Delaney has been heavily involved in the television adaptation of The Girl Before, as lead writer and co-executive producer.