Book Review by Aarene Storms: The Echo Wife

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey

Evelyn Caldwell is a brilliant genetic scientist whose successful advances in cloning have garnered admiration, recognition and awards in a field notoriously stingy with those things. 

Her personal life, though, is a bit of a train wreck: not only has her husband left her for another woman, he has left her for a clone... of herself.

The train wreck really catches fire, though, when the clone crosses an ethical boundary that Evelyn had never imagined. And then another. 

isdeeds by every character in the story add up to a thought-provoking narrative of nature, nurture, morality and principles that will haunt readers long after the final page.

This book carefully rations out the shock, with each vicious twist building on the last. 

Advice for book discussion groups: this story will take several bottles of wine to dissect, so give your book club an extra hour or two to talk about it.

Sexual situations, bullying, abuse, murder and more. Not recommended for young or timid readers. Highly recommended for everybody else.

Aarene Storms is a librarian who reads and reviews books for all ages. She can be reached at

"The events may not have happened. Still, the story is true." --Ron Silvern


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