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'A subtly sneaky, emotionally complex, and utterly addictive novel of psychological suspense.' - Lisa Scottoline

The stunning new domestic thriller from the New York Times-bestselling, Edgar-nominated author of The Ex

When Angela met Jason Powell, while catering a function in the Hamptons, she assumed their romance would be a fling. But, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had othTimes-bestselling,/>The
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Published February 1st 2018 by Faber Faber (first published January 23rd 2018)
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Sylvia The writing is subpar. Lacks wit, charm, and grace. You read it strictly for the plot and twists and turns. I guessed part of the ending early on. For…moreThe writing is subpar. Lacks wit, charm, and grace. You read it strictly for the plot and twists and turns. I guessed part of the ending early on. For a thrilling page turner, read "Apple Tree Yard" instead. (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. In short, it's taken trialengaged. No ...more
Alafair Burke
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I am too biased to review the insides, but isn't the jacket pretty? Hope you enjoy what's behind the cover.
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
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j e w e l s
5 STARS

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 figuring o
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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/>Brief
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Meredith
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Christina - Traveling Sister
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 successes he has
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Debbie
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, t
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Jen
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 unforese
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Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters
.....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!
Julie
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
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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 perf/>5
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Melisa
Because, you know, I don’t have seventy four thousand other books to read and review, let me pick up a library book!
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 meg
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Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*

Blurb
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
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Marialyce
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 outsi
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Liz
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jonetta
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
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Susanne  Strong
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,
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Dem
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
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JanB
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 en
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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
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Norma * Traveling Sister * On hiatus due to health
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
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Dianne
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
Shannon
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 h
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Jennifer
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 though I probab ...more
ABookwormWithWine
⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 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 s
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Lisa
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
NARRATOR Xe Sands

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

SUMMARY
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 ye
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Katie B
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a great book and would definitely recommend it but I do have a bone to pick with the marketing people. I get the goal is to sell as many copies as possible, but this is not the first time nor will it be the last time, a stupid blurb praising the book has messed with my reading experience. It's 2019 and I think it's time to move away from this unoriginal way to market a book because it is taking away the element of surprise. Alright, rant over because I would much rather talk a ...more
Dana
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unputdownable!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Wife has renewed my faith in thrillers!!!

The Wife is a fast paced, addictive domestic thriller that grabbed me from the very first page. The story reads like peeling an onion, layer by layer, slowly revealing its rotten core. It will have you questioning who you can trust all the way to the very end. I found myself unable to put this book down. The writing is tight, without a wasted word - staying fresh to the very last line.

It is difficult to say much more than the
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Alafair Burke is the New York Times bestselling author of "two power house series" (Sun-Sentinel) that have earned her a reputation for creating strong, believable, and eminently likable female characters, such as NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and Portland Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid. Alafair's novels grow out of her experience as a prosecutor in America's police precincts and crimina ...more
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