The Wife

The Wife

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...

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Title:The Wife
Author:Alafair Burke
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The Wife Reviews

  • Alafair Burke

    I am too biased to review the insides, but isn't the jacket pretty? Hope you enjoy what's behind the cover.

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    This book was a sandwich of compulsive reading material; it begins and ends with a bang and in between it kept my eyes glued and my mind engaged. 

     There is currently a flood of domestic/psychological thrillers in the book market; they are selling well and everyone wants a piece of that success. If you're like me, you may be wondering how you can spot the ones worth reading without having to sift through all the mediocre wannabes.

    This book was a sandwich of compulsive reading material; it begins and ends with a bang and in between it kept my eyes glued and my mind engaged. 

     There is currently a flood of domestic/psychological thrillers in the book market; they are selling well and everyone wants a piece of that success. If you're like me, you may be wondering how you can spot the ones worth reading without having to sift through all the mediocre wannabes. In short, it's taken trial and error on my part to be able to find authors I can count on to bring me new stories with a familiar touch.

    is one of the few we can trust implicitly.

    One of the many reasons that Burke is such a widely acclaimed novelist is due to the fact that she writes about what she knows, what is relevant, and in a way that people can relate to and connect with. In this particular story, she includes knowledge from her legal background, as well as her experience as a professor, and blends it into the timely matter of sexual assault and how the media responds to such. This was a bold story, one that shows all sides of this type of case, but it's also riddled with side mysteries that were both clever and profound in their own way. There were many layers of complexity to the plot; I won't go into heavy detail, because doing so would risk spoiling some of the exciting surprises and that would be a crime, but just know that this isn't really the type of book the reader solves from the beginning. Sure, everything looks straightforward in the first couple of chapters, but then we start getting new information periodically. It was an absolute delight to find a novel that I didn't have figured out in the first 15 pages!

    I'm dying to include more quotes, but I just can't risk setting off a bomb that might ruin the read for you, so I'll just say that I was surprised multiple times over with the reveals. I wouldn't say there is one major

     moment; it more felt like every few chapters there was a new piece of the story revealed, and as each portion was thrown in it changed the story and showed things in a new light that we couldn't see before. I think this is an undervalued tactic, because so many readers focus on a whodunnit type of mystery and trying to figure it out before all is revealed; here you are at the mercy of the writer. So yes, the twists were wonderful and greatly appreciated, but I also liked that this was a book which made me think. I've always taken such a clear stance on sexual assault claims; I'm a huge proponent of supporting other women who are walking through the horror of surviving that type of trauma, but this book made me question so many of my beliefs and prejudices.

     I can't express how fulfilled I felt upon finishing this one; I was worried that I had finally burned out on the mystery/suspense/thriller genre, but I realize now that I just needed to pick up a classic, something that would hold my attention and blow me away with it's sheer genius. If you've never picked up one of Burke's novels-what are you waiting for? Seriously, pick up any of them! You can't go wrong! I'm so pleased that I've found a winner to recommend so early in 2018 to all my buds; put this on on your list for January folks and read it quickly, because I need to chat about it with you!

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister

    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

    The Wife grabbed me from the very first chapter. The writing was tight, and the pacing was on point. When Angela’s husband was accused of sexual harrassment, and later sexual assault of a different woman, would she continue to stand by her husband? How far would she go to protect him? And just what is it about her past that keeps her in this marriage?

    The last chapter is

    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

    The Wife grabbed me from the very first chapter. The writing was tight, and the pacing was on point. When Angela’s husband was accused of sexual harrassment, and later sexual assault of a different woman, would she continue to stand by her husband? How far would she go to protect him? And just what is it about her past that keeps her in this marriage?

    The last chapter is perfection. I was able to figure out one of the twists, but not the other; but it took me until later in the book to put my finger on it. On another twist, I followed one red herring so far in the wrong direction that I practically landed in the water with it! 🐟

    Yeah, I think I’ll end my review here. It’s another one where I feel like my hands are tied because I don’t want to ruin any of the reading experience with this review. Friends, this is a great thriller! #thehypeisreal

    With the #MeToo movement and widespread media coverage of sexual harassment and sexual assault as of late, The Wife is a timely release that would offer plenty of discussion for book clubs.

    Thank you to Alafair Burke, Harper/Harper Collins, and Edelweiss for the ARC to review.

  • Debbie

    Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! I’m picky about my thrillers, but this one made it to 5-star-land, no sweat! Burke really had me going there. I could NOT put it down! Dance-y happy head after reading this!

    Okay, now that I've gotten some gush over with, I have to tell you something very important, lol. I just found out that the author, Alafair Burke, is the daughter of the great mystery writer James Lee Burke! That just slays me, for two reasons.

    One, the author doesn’t brag that

    Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! I’m picky about my thrillers, but this one made it to 5-star-land, no sweat! Burke really had me going there. I could NOT put it down! Dance-y happy head after reading this!

    Okay, now that I've gotten some gush over with, I have to tell you something very important, lol. I just found out that the author, Alafair Burke, is the daughter of the great mystery writer James Lee Burke! That just slays me, for two reasons.

    One, the author doesn’t brag that James Burke is her daddy (and for this she gets huge points). In fact, she doesn’t even mention it anywhere on her Goodreads profile page. Even on her website, you have to scroll through a bunch of info until you get to a small paragraph about her family, where she says her mother is a librarian and her father was a professor and is “still a writer.” Maybe she doesn’t want to ride on her dad’s coattails, or maybe she isn’t all that fond of him, who knows. I only found out the connection because one reviewer mentioned that she’s the daughter of a master storyteller. Ding ding ding! Could she be the daughter of James Lee Burke? This sent me on an exuberant and manic Google mission, naturally, and yep, she sure is his daughter.

    And the second reason the dad-daughter connection slays me is that I postponed reading a NetGalley book and chose to read The Wife instead. Guess what the NetGalley book was?

    , by James Lee Burke!! How weird is it that I’d postpone reading a book by a famous guy so that I could read a book by his accomplished daughter, but have no idea that the two authors were in any way related? To make matters even more cool, the main character in James Burke’s famous Robicheaux series has a daughter named Alafair—as in his own author-daughter’s name!

    In a 2004 article from NPR about this father-daughter duo, it says that Alafair Burke was interested in writing mysteries when she was young: "As a kid... I would sneak into his office when he wasn't around and get on his manual typewriter and write mysteries before he was writing [them]." Check out the article if you’re interested:

    Now, back to this fabulous book. A married man is accused of sexual harassment by one woman and rape by another. With the Me Too movement under way, this story is a hot potato. At first, I had two worries: Because of all the current unrest and scandal, I thought that the writer was just cashing in on a current hot topic to get attention, but then I reminded myself that, duh, this book was written before the scandals were happening, so just throw that worry out the window, Ms. Debbie. And second, I worried that the story would be littered with stereotypes: the seemingly perfect husband who is really a sicko jerk, and the good wife who wants to stick by his side. Been there, done that.

    But I didn’t have to worry—the characters were complex and the situation so well handled that instead of feeling like it was hackneyed, it had me questioning my beliefs and reactions to news in real life. In the book, I kept going back and forth: He did it, I’m sure of it. The next second, no, maybe he didn’t. The next minute, geez, it’s obvious he did it, what was I thinking? Hm.…maybe he IS innocent. And around and around. Who is telling the truth? The author messed with my head but in the best possible way.

    The story is well-written and tight. I can’t think of one extraneous paragraph. The story is mostly told in first person by the wife, Angela. The other chapters are in third person, from the point of view of a detective, Corrine. This setup worked perfectly. One of the biggest things I liked about the book was the pacing. The author strategically places hints; it’s very artful the way she does this. Also, there are little twists that keep coming, and each one gave me the false confidence that I knew what was going on.

    I don’t usually like books heavy on police procedurals or lawyer dramas, but this book had a little of each—not too much to bore me or send me running. (The author is a lawyer and a law professor, so she knows what she’s talking about.) Besides the husband and wife, there were well-drawn lawyers, cops, and friends. All of this—the plot, the pacing, the characters, the good writing, the twistiness, and the relevant theme—conspired to make this book un-put-down-able. I’ve learned that I like this new subcategory called domestic thrillers---but only if they’re done well, like this one.

    I’m glad I read a couple of rave reviews, because based on the cover, I never would have picked this one up. So don’t hesitate because of the cover, please.

    I’m definitely going to check out Alafair Burke’s earlier books. Hell, I’ll even read a series, which is something I’ve never done. Meanwhile, I’m going to start her dad’s book,

    , but I’m telling you,

    will be a hard act to follow.

  • Jennifer Masterson

    Holy freaking cow! All the Stars!!!! This was a 4 Star ⭐ book for me. Then came part four and it went into full 10 Star turbo mode! Wow! What a way to end a novel!

    Please don’t let the generic title or the cover sway you from reading this. I loved it!

    This should be made into a movie. The subject matter is so timely and that ending would leave viewers gasping!

    I listened to the audio version. The narrator was good but not great. Although I felt she did a fantastic job with the last part of the boo

    Holy freaking cow! All the Stars!!!! This was a 4 Star ⭐️ book for me. Then came part four and it went into full 10 Star turbo mode! Wow! What a way to end a novel!

    Please don’t let the generic title or the cover sway you from reading this. I loved it!

    This should be made into a movie. The subject matter is so timely and that ending would leave viewers gasping!

    I listened to the audio version. The narrator was good but not great. Although I felt she did a fantastic job with the last part of the book.

    The highest of recommendations! Love love loved it!!!

  • Larry H
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]

    Whew!!!! It feels like forever since I read a 5 star novel in my adored psychological thriller genre. THE WIFE is everything I am constantly on the lookout for in a book! I was starting to question my love for the unreliable narrator after so many alcoholic and agoraphobic narrators. Yawn. Yawn. OBVIOUSLY,

    It's so much more fun for the reader to figure out IF the narrator is trustworthy or not. Are we being lied to? Who can we believe? I love the simple mystery of fig

    Whew!!!! It feels like forever since I read a 5 star novel in my adored psychological thriller genre. THE WIFE is everything I am constantly on the lookout for in a book! I was starting to question my love for the unreliable narrator after so many alcoholic and agoraphobic narrators. Yawn. Yawn. OBVIOUSLY,

    It's so much more fun for the reader to figure out IF the narrator is trustworthy or not. Are we being lied to? Who can we believe? I love the simple mystery of figuring out which characters we can trust.

    In THE WIFE, Alafair Burke has created the perfect blend of a character driven suspense novel with some police investigation (

    ) and courtroom drama (

    ). On top of that perfect combo, Burke is a gifted storyteller and creates tension in small ways. The story feels relevant and timely;

    .

    The story is full of twists, but not huge IN YOUR FACE twists, again, just small enough that you read a sentence a couple of times to make sure you got it right! There are clues all throughout the book, but until those last few pages can you start piecing together your suspicions. Even then, watch out for the last sentence!

    If you are into listening to your books, the audio version is

    . The actress is unbelievably talented, I felt like I was listening to my best friend tell me a juicy story.

    I'm crazy about THE WIFE and chances are... you will be too! Check out that lofty GoodReads rating of 4.01!!

  • Meredith

    On the surface, Angela and Jason have the perfect marriage. Married for six years, Jason’s career recently has skyrocketed and he has achieved celebrity status, making their marriage privy to the public eye. However, when Jason is accused of sexual assault, secrets of their marriage come to

    On the surface, Angela and Jason have the perfect marriage. Married for six years, Jason’s career recently has skyrocketed and he has achieved celebrity status, making their marriage privy to the public eye. However, when Jason is accused of sexual assault, secrets of their marriage come to light. The more and more we learn about Jason, one wonders why would Angela choose to stay by this man’s side? Is she in denial or is there a lot more to Angela and Jason’s marriage than we know?

    Told primarily through the Angela’s POV, we learn her rationale about why she chooses to stay by Jason’s side. The more she reveals, the more we learn about her own scarred history. She reveals little tidbits about her marriage, as well as about some personal events,

    sucked me in immediately. In the beginning, I thought this book was going to focus on something else but it became so different as I read on (I can’t say much without giving things away). There are many different layers to the plot and Angela’s character. I appreciated that Angela is quite intelligent and very much aware of the flaws of the man she married.

    This was my first read by Alafair Burke and it definitely won’t be my last!

  • Jen

    When you mess with the bull you get the horns.

    Well, I've been charmed like a snake with the hypnotic writing of one Alafair Burke, non other than JLB's kid.

    The wife is a gullible gal. The husband accused of a few inexcusable interludes that threaten their life along with her own hidden secrets. I was a little on the wtf side as she was allowing him his indiscretions at a cost that seemed way too high but Burke snake charmed me out of my basket and gave me a story that was totally unforeseeable.

    When you mess with the bull you get the horns.

    Well, I've been charmed like a snake with the hypnotic writing of one Alafair Burke, non other than JLB's kid.

    The wife is a gullible gal. The husband accused of a few inexcusable interludes that threaten their life along with her own hidden secrets. I was a little on the wtf side as she was allowing him his indiscretions at a cost that seemed way too high but Burke snake charmed me out of my basket and gave me a story that was totally unforeseeable.

    Well done. Yep, she's got her daddy's talent and can stand all on her own. 4.25⭐️

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