I am delighted to be closing the #blogtour for the wonderful THE AFTER WIFE by Cass Hunter and my thanks to Alainna from Orion for organising the tour.
About the book:
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
My Review: Well this book is certainly different to those I usually read – but in a very good way!. The After Wife is a really moving and often thought-provoking story about love, grief, loss and Artificial Intelligence! (Never thought I would put those words together in a review).
Rachel is a hard working, respected scientist who specialises in AI (Artificial Intelligence). She’s happily married to Aidan and has one teenage daughter Chloe. When Rachel dies suddenly and unexpectedly, she leaves behind her legacy in the form of a robot called iRachel.
It’s really hard not to talk about this book without giving away spoilers so I will just say that this book covers all the emotions involved in losing a loved one; grief, anger, shock, disbelief and gradual acceptance. Each character brings so much depth to the story line and my heart actually broke for the teenage Chloe. Her emotions and behaviour throughout the book were so raw and real that I just wanted to give her a hug and tell her everything will be OK.
If you like your love stories with a slight twist of technology, then you will love this book. This book really touched me and (gasp) I actually did shed a tear or two at the end. A really beautiful story about what it means to be human.
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.