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Backlist Wonder: The Wife by Alafair Burke


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.

Boy, was she wrong. They married the following summer and life with Jason offered both Angela and her son an escape from her tragic past where no one knew her history. Fast forward six years, and Jason is a best-selling author and the Powells seem to have a enviable and rich life in Manhattan.

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 seems to unravel. Jason insists he is innocent, and Angela believes him. But when Kerry disappears, Angela is forced to take a closer look - at both the man she married and the woman she chose not to believe.

Review: I’m embarrased to say this one languished on my shelf for a few years as lesser (but more hyped thrillers) shoved it aside. But I’m so glad I dusted this off last weekend and gave it a try. It grabbed me from the very first sentence and didn’t let go. ”In an instant, I became the woman they assumed I’d been all along: the wife who lied to protect her husband.”

This book had it all for me - psychological thriller / legal drama / crime investigation as well as an interesting meditation on the #metoo movement.

Its obvious that the author is a former prosecutor as the legal drama and criminal investigation feels so authentic. And I learned all kinds of new things about spousal privilege and grand jury testimony.

And that ending.... I promise you won’t see that coming AT ALL.

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