The Wife by Alafair Burke [Book Review]

Book Review

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Title: The Wife

Author: Alafair Burke

Publisher: Harper

Publish Date: January 23, 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 5/5

The Wife by Alafair Burke


His Scandal
Her Secret

From New York Times bestselling author Alafair Burke, a stunning domestic thriller in the vein of Behind Closed Doors and The Woman in Cabin 10—in which a woman must make the impossible choice between defending her husband and saving herself.

When Angela met Jason Powell while catering a dinner party in East Hampton, she assumed their romance would be a short-lived fling, like so many relationships between locals and summer visitors. To her surprise, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had other plans, and they married the following summer. For Angela, the marriage turned out to be a chance to reboot her life. She and her son were finally able to move out of her mother’s home to Manhattan, where no one knew about her tragic past.

Six years later, thanks to a bestselling book and a growing media career, Jason has become a cultural lightning rod, placing Angela near the spotlight she worked so carefully to avoid. When a college intern makes an accusation against Jason, and another woman, Kerry Lynch, comes forward with an even more troubling allegation, their perfect life begins to unravel. Jason insists he is innocent, and Angela believes him. But when Kerry disappears, Angela is forced to take a closer look—at both the man she married and the women she chose not to believe.

This much-anticipated follow-up to Burke’s Edgar-nominated The Ex asks how far a wife will go to protect the man she loves: Will she stand by his side, even if he drags her down with him?

The Wife by Alafair Burke


When Angela met Jason in East Hampton, she thought it would be a summer romance, but Jason continued to woo her, and they soon married. She and her son moved to New York City, where Jason worked at NYU. It was a great new beginning for Angela, and gave her an opportunity to get away from her tragic past. Now, it’s six years later and Jason is a hotshot in his field. When a woman accuses Jason of sexual harassment, Jason maintains his innocence. When a second woman comes forward, Jason and Angela’s world is turned upside down.

This story is told with alternating points of view – Angela and Corrine. Angela is married to Jason, who has been accused of committing crimes that have dire consequences for their family. Corrine is the detective working to build the case against Jason.

The Wife was a fantastic story. The plot was well paced and intriguing. The characters were complicated and compelling. The writing drew me into the story, making this book hard to put down. There was a lot going on, and everyone had secrets.

The Wife is a great read for fans of domestic thrillers. Complex, chilling, and suspenseful.

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

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