The New One, a review by Sherry

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The New Ones
Evie Green

400 pages
Published March 28. 2023

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After a car accident leaves their daughter in a coma, Tamsyn and Ed must make a decision that could save her life, but at what cost? This reminded me a little of a Blake Crouch novel.  It is filled with AI and reincarnation.  I am not sure how I feel about it IRL, but I do love to read about it and all that can go wrong.

I will say that if someone offers you an amazing offer that seems too good to be true, make sure and think about what is in it for them.  This one is packed full of family drama in addition to the science fiction and a few twists to have the ultimate genre mash up.  While I was buddy reading this one and fell behind and read hints I didn’t mean to see, I was still a little shocked by one of the twists.  Not sure if I am losing my edge or it was well hidden, but upon reflection the clues were there.

I think this could make a good book club book as there is a lot to discuss.  I’ve become such the fan of this sci fi/mystery genre that has popped up over the last few years.

About the book

A suspenseful, cutting-edge novel about two parents who finally get the daughter they’ve always wanted—it’s too bad she isn’t real. From the author of We Hear Voices.

For Tamsyn and Ed, life is tough. They both work long hours for very little money and come home to their moody, rebellious daughter, Scarlett.

After a tragic accident leaves Scarlett comatose and with little chance of recovery, Tamsyn and Ed are out of options until a lifeline emerges in the form of an unusual medical trial. In exchange for the very best treatment for Scarlett, a fully furnished apartment, and a limitless spending account, the family must agree to move to Switzerland and welcome an artificial copy of their daughter into their home.

Suddenly their life is transformed. Tamsyn and Ed want for nothing, and the AI replacement, Sophie, makes it feel just like having their daughter back—except without all the bad parts. Sophie is engaged, happy, and actually wants to spend time with her parents.

But things take a turn for the worse when Scarlett makes a very real recovery and the family discovers that the forces behind their new life are darker than they ever could have imagined.

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