The New One by Evie Green

Published: March 28, 2023


Genre: Technothriller

Pages: 400

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Evie Green is a pseudonym for a British author who has written professionally for her entire adult life. She lives by the sea in England with her husband, children, and guinea pigs, and loves writing in the very early morning, fueled by coffee.

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.

“She had to look forward, not back.”

Tamsyn is frustrated with her teenage daughter’s bad behavior and her husband’s distance. When a tragic accident presents a unique offer, the family accepts. Not realizing they are giving up everything.

This was very well done. The storyline was smooth, and the way the various plot points worked together was seamless.

I enjoyed the way things developed, and I liked the alternating narrators. That added a lot to the storyline. Tam was a devoted mom who just wanted what was best, even if she wasn’t sure this was it. Ed loved his family and losing everything only reinforced that. Sophie was almost perfect, and Scarlett was trying to heal.

This was a unique and exciting book. The general plot was both terrifying and fascinating. I loved the themes within this book and the questions it raised. How far is too far? What would you do? Can a loved one be replaced?

The questions will leave you speechless and make you think. I enjoyed how fast-paced this book was and the way the twists came out and slapped you in the face.

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