- Hardcover: 340 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (23 January 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062390511
- ISBN-13: 978-0062390516
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 544 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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"[A] page-turner.... Classic domestic-thriller elements--the too-perfect couple, the unreliable narrator, the troubled past--are given a good workout in this satisfying round of 'Who's the Psycho?'"--Kirkus
"Alafair Burke always delivers. The Wife is a timely, gracefully written exploration of family, crime, and the current media-soaked, celebrity-obsessed, smartphone-crazed moment. Highly recommended."--William Landay, author of Defending Jacob
"A subtly sneaky, emotionally complex, and utterly addictive novel of psychological suspense, The Wife delivers on all fronts. Burke always comes through with twisty plots and strong female characters, but she's at the top of her game here."--Lisa Scottoline, author of Exposed
"[A] roller-coaster of a domestic thriller."--Publishers Weekly
"This might be the most gripping, insightful work from the best-selling author Alafair Burke yet. She poses a seemingly impossible, if undeniably compelling, challenge: a woman must either save her life or defend her husband, but not both."--Entertainment Weekly
"With plot twists and turns to the very end, this is a tantalizing follow-up to The Ex that will keep pages turning."--Booklist
"Written by a former prosecutor with a genius for plot, this thrill ride of a novel takes a hard look at loyalty and the violence a secret can cause--especially when that secret involves a revered public figure accused of rape."--O, The Oprah Magazine
"Burke's female characters are always very involving, with big, strong voices."--Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl
"A timely, riveting, and deeply resonant psychological suspense novel."--Library Journal
From the Back Cover
HIS SCANDAL, HER SECRET
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 accuses Jason of inappropriate behavior, 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?
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Some of the story was a little implausible , how the woman allowed some of the sexual happenings when she had been a victim of sexual abuse I found off putting.
However a good read , see for yourself .
I was hooked from the opening line: "In an instant, I became the woman they assumed I'd been all along: the wife who lied to protect her husband."
The husband, Jason, is a celebrated public figure. When one of his interns makes an accusation against him, the foundations of his public and private lives begin to crumble. His wife, Angela, has secrets in her past that she wants to keep out of the public light. And she doesn't want her son exposed to any of it. What will Angela do to keep that secret? To protect her husband? Her son? Is Jason guilty? Or is he the victim of a campaign to discredit him and his work? Ahh, a delicious premise and one I couldn't wait to dig into!
The Wife falls into the genre of 'domestic thriller'. This has fast become a favourite for me. I love not knowing who is telling the truth, the possibilities of whodunit, the turns and twists that jump out of a chapter to surprise me, and unexpected endings.
"To know something, he argued, was not the same as to be certain beyond all doubt. And to believe something was definitely not the sane as to know it."
Burke's characters are so well drawn, coming alive in my imagination. Angela is portrayed as a sympathetic character - but does she deserve it? I was happy to see Olivia Randall in this novel. She's a high powered defense attorney last seen in Burke's previous book, The Ex. (And I hope we see her again.) The dialogue flows easily, the plotting is addictive and the prose are so very 'readable.'
The Wife benefits greatly from Burke's legal background. (Burke teaches criminal law) The case, the police investigation and the legal machinations are so well portrayed and unfold in a believable manner. Suspense, mystery, police procedural and some social commentary - The Wife has it all. This is one you're going to want to pick up. I loved it!
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