Latest Reads: Everything About You Heather Child

Publication Date: 26th April from Orbit

Source: Review Copy

Freya has a new virtual assistant. It knows what she likes, knows what she wants and knows whose voice she most needs to hear: her missing sister’s. 

It adopts her sister’s personality, recreating her through a life lived online. But this virtual version of her knows things it shouldn’t be possible to know. 

It’s almost as if the missing girl is still out there somewhere, feeding fresh updates into the cloud. But that’s impossible. Isn’t it?

A clever tale this, with speculative technology that soon could be anything but speculative, intertwined with the story of one woman’s search for her missing adopted sister – and about closure and letting go.

Freya is trying out some new tech – a virtual assistant that takes it’s information and forms it’s “personality” based on information from the cloud – and the cloud has all the information anyone could possibly want. It eerily starts to take on more than one aspect of the missing girls personality – until Freya finds the lines blurred between fiction and reality.

Everything About You is a beautifully written hybrid of techno-thriller and character drama. The writing is gently absorbing – the virtual assistant is at turns cleverly engaging and downright creepy, Freya herself has many layers and her relationships with others around her, most especially her Mother, are fascinatingly engaging.

The mystery element is well plotted and this book has those subtle twists and turns that end up giving you food for thought. The ultimate resolution is intelligent and melancholy and the world building is imaginative yet authentic.

Overall Everything About You is an atmospheric, often emotional and very intriguing story, set in a world that seems only moments away from this one. I loved it.


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