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The Wife

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  31,422 ratings  ·  3,649 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 357 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by Harper
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Akouto Von I was so annoyed by the narrator's voice so much that I stopped listening to the audiobook and read the ebook version instead. It felt much better! Th…moreI was so annoyed by the narrator's voice so much that I stopped listening to the audiobook and read the ebook version instead. It felt much better! The book is worth reading though! hah! (less)

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Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Harper
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. No really, the first and last sentences were chilled to perfection. 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. ...more
Alafair Burke
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I am too biased to review the insides, but isn't the jacket pretty? Hope you enjoy what's behind the cover. ...more
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 bo
j e w e l s

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, they are unreliable! 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
Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
*4 stars*

A fun and addictive surprise...

Brief review:
After a slower start, this ended up being quite a good read with various twists and surprises—each one well-paced and cleverly-constructed.

The writing style is straightforward and unembellished, but strong and clear and delivers this story well.

This isn’t a heart pounding, race-to-the-finish experience, but a tame psychological voyage that entices you with its mystery and enchants you with its design.

Fans of the genre should certainly give
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Addictive read about a wife who stands by her husband’s side even though he’s been accused of sexual assault. This is a multilayered, twisted psychological thriller that is much more than it initially seems!

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
Christina - Recipe & a Read
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
3, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad, known as the Special Victims Unit stars!!!! *cue music*

They say opposites attract, right? Well, that couldn't be more true for Angela and Jason Powell. Jason is a tenured professor at NYU (with the coveted chili pepper next to his name on Rate My Professor), he's got a successful consulting firm, a best selling book and a beloved podcast - he's a man's man around town. On top of all of his successe
Dance-y happy head!

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
Elyse  Walters
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
.....I was hooked from the start.....wondering who the hell was telling the truth?
......Then wondering what everyone hiding?
......I was Intrigued about ‘The Wife’ ( Angela) from the start and thoroughly engaged and curious about every character and the sexual harassment claims against Jason.

I conclude the author, Alafair Burke, “LOCKED THIS PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE NOVEL *DOWN*”!!!

Great storytelling- crafting - Simply GREAT!
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
Dita is taking a break from GR.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scribd

Did he? Didn't he?

Reading this made me feel like I was being seduced. I was coaxed and lured into this story almost against my will. Is Angela a reliable narrator? Why don't her actions make sense? Why isn't she doing what I would do in this situation?

And then? BAM!

Like a freight train to the face, it all falls into place and a post-coital cigarette wouldn't have been out of order.
The Wife by Alafair Burke is a 2018 Harper publication.

How well do you know your husband?

It’s that all too familiar, and oft dreaded question posed by law enforcement when it appears ones husband may have been leading a double life. Angela, just like many other loyal wives, swears her husband isn’t capable of murder, and even gives him a rock-solid alibi. But, deep down, Angela’s insecurities, traumatic past, and the mounting evidence against her husband, Jason, has forced her to take a good h
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Happy Publication Day (January 23, 2018) to The Wife!

5 innovative, timely, and edge-of-your-seat stars to The Wife! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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
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
Mary Beth
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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, wher
Apr 25, 2018 added it
Because, you know, I don’t have seventy four thousand other books to read and review, let me pick up a library book!
4.5 Stars
At last a smart grown up thriller that had me guessing right to the end. I liked the slow burn of this one as it tended to build up the tension. Deftly plotted and just the right amount of drama to keep it edgy and believable.

I tend to have a love hate relationship with the thriller genre and while I do love to dip in now and again I am more often than not left feeling disappointed. But not so with The Wife by Alafair Burke which worked beautifully for me as it seemed to have the ri
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio

This is a great story that shows how little we know about our spouses. Angela’s husband is first accused of sexual harassment from an intern. Then another woman accuses him of rape. Because of a past trauma in her life, she chooses to stand behind her man. Let’s just say, she’s a lot more forgiving and believing than I would be.

It’s also a fascinating study in how the law and legal system work. The story juxtaposes between Angela’s story and that of the female detective pursuing the case. Littl
Angela Powell’s orderly and comfortable life is upended when her husband Jason, an NYU economics professor and best selling author, is accused of sexual harassment by a student. The situation escalates when another woman, Kerry Lynch, accuses him of rape.

I thought this was going to be another traditional story where the wife dutifully stands by her man to the bitter end until she’s wrenched into an alternate reality. This isn’t that story.

First of all, Angela has plenty of secrets, most notabl
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 oh my goodness stars

This book was totally awesome and kept me turning those pages to its "Woo Hoo" conclusion.

Jason Powell, a man we might all say is quite the catch is married to Angela who is the narrator of this story, They met and married and Angela breezes into a life of privilege. Jason is gorgeous, rich, and super successful. He is a dream come true right?

Angela has it all, a son at private school, a gorgeous home in Greenwich Village and a loyal husband who from the outside seems to
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, rounded up

A Traveling Friends group read, this is a well-written, intelligent domestic thriller/police procedural that restores my faith in the genre. I was engaged with this book right from the start. Complicated characters, perfect pacing, and solid plotting combined with the author’s knowledge and experience in criminal law makes for a riveting tale.

Jason, a married college professor, is accused of rape and sexual harassment. Not exactly shocking news in the current environment. B
Susanne  Strong
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars (rounded up).

Angela’s life revolves around her son. Then she meets Jason and their whirlwind relationship takes her by storm. Once they marry, her life seems perfect. She has finally put her past behind her. Then Jason gets accused of sexual assault. Angela stands behind him. How could she not? And then another woman comes forward, this time she accuses Jason of rape and hiding is something that Angela is no longer able to do.

Told from the POV of both Angela and Corrine, the primary
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a 3.5 for me. I enjoyed this marital deception "who-done-it" for the most part but the narrator's persona (the wife, Angela) wore on me after a while. I also figured out who the unreliable character was about half-way through, so it made me impatient for Burke to just get on with it already and reveal the specifics. The last third took forever to get to the point. Honestly, this is all Agatha Christie's fault. I read all of her books years ago, and I can't read a mystery or thriller nov ...more
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
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars! Whoa! What an ending!!!

THE WIFE by ALAFAIR BURKE was an extremely fun, enjoyable, twisty, and surprising psychological domestic thriller that started out a little bit slow for me, but once I grasped the focus of this story, I was totally intrigued and immersed in this tale.

ALAFAIR BURKE delivers a multi-layered, well-written, and suspenseful story here that was cleverly written with some perfectly timed twists and turns along the way to make this quite the satisfying book to read.

Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bayb-2018

3.5 stars

The Long Island Hamptons are among the ritziest vacation destinations in the country, with a robust service industry composed of year-round residents. Summer visitors may date the locals, but that's usually as far as it goes. So it's a big surprise when Jason Powell proposes to Angela - the pretty Hamptons caterer he met at a party.

Jason and Angela are something of an odd duo. Jason is a gregarious economics professor at NYU and Angela is a reserved single parent who never went to colle
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Alafair Burke has outdone herself with her 2018 new release of The Wife. 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 ...more
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5 rounded up to 5 ⭐️ for Goodreads.

I think I have really been on a roll of good books lately, and The Wife by Alafair Burke did not disappoint.

I loved this book so much. Seriously, you need to run and not walk to get yourselves a copy of this one. It is out now!

This book reminded me a little bit of Anatomy of a Scandal, but with a faster place and it was less procedural (which I liked). You can tell that Burke is a former prosecutor and that she teaches criminal law. I love that she
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Wife
Alafair Burke

MY RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️▫️
PUBLISHER Harper Audio
PUBLISHED January 23, 2018

A timely and gripping psychological suspense novel that will leave you gasping for air.

He makes a mistake and she may pay the price. All Angela wanted was to live a quiet life, maybe get married, have another child, and most importantly, stay out of the media limelight in order to avoid the press about nightmare that was her past. But six years into her marriage to Jason, a brillian
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