BOOK TITLE: The Wife
BOOK AUTHOR: Alafair Burke
January 23rd 2018
CHECK IT OUT AT: Goodreads
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 the man she married. And when she is asked to defend Jason in court, she realizes that her loyalty to her husband could unearth old secrets.
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?
Have you ever had one of those friends that you feel like you should know but your paths just haven’t got around to crossing?
I have someone like that in my life. We live less than a mile apart. We both have daughters with disabilities, and they’ve been in the same homeroom a couple of times. We’re both hilarious. Tangentially we work in the same industry in the same small town. We know many of the same people. We’re friends on Facebook.
But we’ve never actually met in person.
I know one day we will meet. It’s just a matter of time.
That’s kind of the way I’ve felt about Alafair Burke for the last couple of years. Her last book, The Ex, hit all my need to read buttons, but I just never got around to reading it. She’s authored a couple of fabulous (from what I hear) series, and she’s the daughter of one of my all-time favorites (James Lee Burke).
So, when I received an ARC of her new book, The Wife, I knew it was time for us to meet.
It was all I hoped it would be.
One thing I’ve disliked lately is the meekness of female characters. I know things happen to women and sometimes we float along, but come one! Get a backbone.
Burke’s protagonist, Angela, starts out that way. She’s one of those women I want to shake. But slowly (perfectly) she starts to come alive, looking around at her perfect life and realizing she’s just hiding from the world.
And, as the book continues, her reasons she was hiding become clear.
Filled with the best twists and turns, pitfalls and surprises, The Wife is both timely and topical, with a seemingly good man accused of sexual misconduct. Angela waffles between between belief and incredulity, but eventually starts to stand up for herself, knowing that her secrets may be unburied.
The Wife was one of those thrillers that was very hard to put down. Incredibly smart and brilliantly layered, with suspense covered in mystery. Hard to put down, and surprising until the very end. Perfect for a snowy weekend!