8 August 2019.
Abbie Scott-Cullen wakes in hospital with no memory of how she came to be there. Her husband Tim, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur is with her. He tells her that she is “artificial”. She is a companion robot – a cobot – made in Abbie’s image and with Abbie’s memories. He created her five years after his wife’s death. But he won’t tell her how Abbie died. And it is when she starts to look into her life with Tim and begins to piece together memories of her marriage that she begins questioning her husband’s motives, and his version of events. Can she really trust him when he says he wants them to be together forever?
The Perfect Wife is ingenious and unexpected, with a heart-stopping finale. It is also thought-provoking, and for me, the question at its heart is: what is it that makes us human?