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.

  • Holly  B

    A multi-layered plot that was oh so clever and had me putting my other two reads to the side because I couldn't pull away from this one. Another addictive read that skillfully reveals pieces to the mystery one layer at a time and draws you into the story. The author's surprise twists had me coming to conclusions at every turn. Everything added up and made sense, but didn't "feel right". What was I missing? I HAVE to know...thus I have to keep reading!

    The husband "flirty" Jason is mega successful

    A multi-layered plot that was oh so clever and had me putting my other two reads to the side because I couldn't pull away from this one. Another addictive read that skillfully reveals pieces to the mystery one layer at a time and draws you into the story. The author's surprise twists had me coming to conclusions at every turn. Everything added up and made sense, but didn't "feel right". What was I missing? I HAVE to know...thus I have to keep reading!

    The husband "flirty" Jason is mega successful and married to Angela (the narrator). They are living in a dream home in Greenwich Village and their son attends a prestigious private school. Rachel, an intern at work, enters the story with some accusations against Jason and things start to get "messy" in the couples dream life.

    Angela will do anything to protect her husband (or will she)? The second narrator, Detective Corinne Duncan is relentless and keeps showing up on the couples front door step. We'll soon find out just how good an investigator she is and what Angela is willing to do or not do to protect Jason.

    I love legal based thrillers and this one really picks up the pace and throws the punches. I don't want to spoil the ending. I'll just say oh my my.....

    Thank you Harper Collins for my copy to review.

  • 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!

  • Shannon

    I BLEW through The Wife by Alafair Burke. I loved every second of it. I don’t know how many times I can say it but shortish chapters are the best! Also, multiple POVs always gets me excited. I was hoooooked!

    So what’s it about? Jason has many jobs, one of being a professor and the other a consulting business. Oh, he’s also a best selling Author. Jason seems to have it all. Money, jobs, an actual house in NYC. He is married to Angela and has a step son named Spencer. Angela has had a horrible and

    I BLEW through The Wife by Alafair Burke. I loved every second of it. I don’t know how many times I can say it but shortish chapters are the best! Also, multiple POVs always gets me excited. I was hoooooked!

    So what’s it about? Jason has many jobs, one of being a professor and the other a consulting business. Oh, he’s also a best selling Author. Jason seems to have it all. Money, jobs, an actual house in NYC. He is married to Angela and has a step son named Spencer. Angela has had a horrible and tragic past but has moved forward in life by marrying Jason. Because Jason is well known, Angela often times feels worried that her past life will come back to haunt her.

    An intern from Jason’s business goes to the police after an incident in his office. SVU Detective, Corrine Duncan leads the investigation. (I really enjoyed Corrine and her ADA, Brian King.) Corrine decides there’s not much proof, more of a he said she said type of deal. “Somehow” the incident gets leaked in the paper. After the post another woman, Kerry Lynch, has come forward accusing Jason of something terrible. Eventually, Kerry ends up missing.

    Angela sticks by Jason’s side through out it all. She believes he’s innocent. But is he really? Did Jason hurt these women? Betrayal, lies, secrets oooooOOo so juicy! So many twist and turns! And the last chapter: OMG!! I was GRINNING to myself after reading the final chapter. The HYPE is real

    Well played, Alafair. Well played! Highly recommended. 5 Stars!

    Thank you to Harper for the advanced copy via Edelweiss!

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

    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

    has outdone herself with her 2018 new release of

    . It's engaging, mysterious, powerful, message-filled, with one hell of a surprising twist...surprising to me anyway. Intentional or not, the timing couldn't be more perfect with the #MeToo movement in full force. Full of insight and perspective, with situations that allow you to explore rape culture, legal processing of allegations, and consequences experienced by victims, alleged perpetrators, and their families. Even thoug

    has outdone herself with her 2018 new release of

    . It's engaging, mysterious, powerful, message-filled, with one hell of a surprising twist...surprising to me anyway. Intentional or not, the timing couldn't be more perfect with the #MeToo movement in full force. Full of insight and perspective, with situations that allow you to explore rape culture, legal processing of allegations, and consequences experienced by victims, alleged perpetrators, and their families. Even though I probably make this book sound like a women's fiction drama, it is indeed a mystery/psychological thriller. Really, it's the best of both worlds. Check it out.

    I did not see that coming. I love this woman’s work. RTC

  • 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!!!

  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    About: The Wife is a psychological thriller written by Alafair Burke. It was recently published on 1/23/18 by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins, 352 pages. The genres are psychological, thriller, suspense, mystery, and fiction.

    My Experience: I started reading The Wife on 1/23/18 and finished it on 2/6/18. This book is a good read! I like following the professional relationship between Detective Corrine and DA King. I like their humor and banter. I like how sharp Detective Corrine is. An inter

    About: The Wife is a psychological thriller written by Alafair Burke. It was recently published on 1/23/18 by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins, 352 pages. The genres are psychological, thriller, suspense, mystery, and fiction.

    My Experience: I started reading The Wife on 1/23/18 and finished it on 2/6/18. This book is a good read! I like following the professional relationship between Detective Corrine and DA King. I like their humor and banter. I like how sharp Detective Corrine is. An interesting read to what’s been going on in the media currently. A famous TV personality being accused of sexual harassment, except in this book, there is a twist with the wife having a whole other secret of her own. I like the discussion about how vulnerable it is for women to come forward to accuse men of their inappropriate behavior. I like to see the pressure a wife and family may feel when their private life is made public for others to scrutinize.

    This book is told in the first person point of view following Angela Powell, wife to Jason and mother to Spencer. On the opposite side is Detective Corrine Duncan, told in third person point of view as she investigate the case against Jason. Angela’s husband is a celebrity and an economic professor at a university. Angela was a sought-after caterer and single mom before she married Jason. She lives life under the radar as opposed to her husband who stays on the top of the Google search results. One day, Jason’s student, Rachel Sutton and business client, Kerry Lynch accused Jason of sexual assault and their quiet life is exploded in the media storm. Angela fears that while investigations are digging through Jason to prove his guilt, that they will find her secret past where she tries hard to keep hidden. The mystery is how Angela’s past have anything to do with Jason’s current scandal.

    This book has the best ending. I raise a whole star just for it. The overall read were a bit slow for me. It’s filled with a lot of technical law on harassment, rape, shady business, lawyer communication with the client, courtroom battle, etc. There were a few dead ends on the investigator’s side that I like and my favorite character, Detective Corrine didn’t let me down. The story is modern and relatable, I like how blogs are mentioned as a source for information to the public. I like how this book can act as a reminder that we should be careful about accepting a ride with a clean cut normal looking stranger. This book is still worth the read and I do recommend everyone to read it!

    Pro: the ending, some humor, some investigation dead ends, blogs as an outlet for info

    Con: slow paced,

    I rate it 4 stars!

    ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author Alafair Burke, publisher HarperCollins, and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.

    xoxo,

    Jasmine at

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