The Better Sister by Alafair Burke [Book Review]

Book Review

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Title: The Better Sister

Author: Alafair Burke

Publisher: Harper

Publish Date: April 16, 2019

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

The Better Sister by Alafair Burke


Keep your enemies close and your sister closer.

Though Chloe was the younger of the two Taylor sisters, she always seemed to be the one in charge. She was the honor roll student with big dreams and an even bigger work ethic. Nicky—always restless and more than a little reckless—was the opposite of her ambitious little sister. She floated from job to job and man to man, and stayed close to home in Cleveland.

For a while, it seemed that both sisters had found happiness. Chloe earned a scholarship to an Ivy League school and moved to New York City, where she landed a coveted publishing job. Nicky married promising young attorney Adam Macintosh and gave birth to a baby boy they named Ethan. The Taylor sisters became virtual strangers.

Now, more than fifteen years later, their lives are drastically different—and Chloe is married to Adam. When he’s murdered by an intruder at the couple’s East Hampton beach house, Chloe reluctantly allows her teenage stepson’s biological mother—her estranged sister, Nicky—back into her life. But when the police begin to treat Ethan as a suspect in his father’s death, the two sisters are forced to unite . . . and to confront the truth behind family secrets they have tried to bury in the past.

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Chloe and Nicky are sisters. Though Chloe is the younger sister, she has always been the more responsible one. As adults, it seemed Nicky’s restless behavior improved when she married Adam and had a baby. Then things took a dramatic turn. Now, fifteen years later, Chloe is married to Adam, she is stepmother to her nephew Ethan, and estranged from her sister. When Adam is found murdered in their beach house, Ethan becomes the prime suspect. These events bring Nicky back into Chloe’s life. When finally reconnected, the sisters are forced to confront their past.

This mystery starts off strong with Adam’s murder, but the pace does slow down. When the police start looking at Ethan as a prime suspect, the sisters are brought together to support him and help prove his innocence. Both sisters have secrets they have been keeping, and as things unfold, the sisters relationship changes.

The Better Sister is an easy reading novel. Murder mystery, courtroom drama, and family secrets.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Books by Alafair Burke:
  1. Long Gone
  2. If You Were Here
  3. The Ex
  4. The Wife
  5. The Better Sister

8 thoughts on “The Better Sister by Alafair Burke [Book Review]

  1. Terrific review Darinda. Burke has gotten a little too predictable for me, I think maybe I just read too much by her all at once, I think any way – LOL! But I DO love your review of her book!

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