Today it is my pleasure to hand the blog over to Mandie who has a blog tour review fo The After Wife by Cass Hunter. With thanks to Tracy Fenton for the invite to join the tour and to publishers Trapeze for the advance copy for review. Here is what it’s all about.
About the Book
‘Grab a box of tissues because this beautiful story will make you cry’ Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
A surprising and emotional story starring an unforgettable heroine, for fans of Together, The Summer of Impossible Things and The Time Traveler’s Wife
When Rachel and Aidan fell in love, they thought it was forever.
She was a brilliant, high-flying scientist. He was her loving and supportive husband.
Now she’s gone, and Aidan must carry on and raise their daughter alone.
But Rachel has left behind her life’s work, a gift of love to see them through the dark days after her death.
A gift called iRachel.
If you liked Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine or The Summer of Impossible Things, you’ll love The After Wife
I am going to have to admit that when I started reading The After Wife I was not sure if it was something I was going to enjoy as I had seen lots of reviews saying what an emotional book this was and I am not usually a big fan of this type of story. That being said I am glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone and gave this book a chance as I really enjoyed it and found that it challenged my thinking.
When Dr Rachel Prosper died suddenly from a brain aneurysm the secrets of her work had to be shared with her grieving family in order for it to be completed. Much to her work colleagues Luke’s disgust he has to deliver iRachel to them or any progress they have made will be wiped forever. I am not sure how I would feel to have an AI robot living in my home, never mind one that looked like a recently departed relative. At first I felt the whole thing was a little creepy and a little egotistical on the part of Rachel especially as there were the feelings of a vulnerable teenager to consider. It was almost as if her project was more important than even the feelings of her husband and daughter.
The more I got into the book, the more I changed my opinion of what Rachel had clearly hoped to achieve. iRachel was being developed to help people, whether it be through illness, loneliness or just in general day to day chores. By creating the prototype in her own image she was trying to help her family through their grieving process even if they didn’t quite see it that way in the beginning. Over time both Aiden and Chloe accepted iRachel into their lives and found comfort in the hidden memories that came out at just the right time. By the end of the book they were ready and able to say goodbye to both iRachel and Rachel.
I think that anyone reading this book will certainly get a different view on what might be possible in the future. As I said at the beginning of my review The After Wife really challenged my thinking as I went from thinking that the whole concept was just too odd and unthinkable to contemplating the endless possibilities that this type of technology could achieve. This is a definite must for anyone who is looking for something that is a little bit different but at the same time deals with the real emotions of love, loss and finding the way to cope with them both.
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About the Author
Cass Hunter was born in South Africa and moved to the UK in 2000. She lives in North London with her husband and two sons. She is an avid lifelong learner, and works at a London university. Cass Hunter is the pen name of Rosie Fiore, whose novels include After Isabella, What She Left, Babies in Waiting and Wonder Women.
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