The Wife by Alafair Burke

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 to be a chance to reboot her life. She and her son were finally able to mov...

Details The Wife

TitleThe Wife
Release DateJan 23rd, 2018
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense, Mystery Thriller, Psychological Thriller

Reviews The Wife

  • 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. 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 witho...
  • 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 a...
  • Alafair Burke
    I am too biased to review the insides, but isn't the jacket pretty? Hope you enjoy what's behind the cover.
  • 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...
  • 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 bante...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, al...
  • 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 rea...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 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 pro...
  • Janelle
    THE WIFE by Alafair Burke - Thank you so much to Harper for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. “In an instant, I became the woman they assumed I’d been all along: the wife who lied to protect her husband.”This book rocked my world! I LOVED it with a capital LOVE! It is completely addictive, fun, and the ending is perfect! There is literally a cliffhanger at the end of each chapter! Angela and Jason Powell are a happily marrie...
  • DeAnna
    What an ending!!! That end alone makes me want to recommend this book. Several good twists. I struggled a tiny bit the first half, but I think that was only because I've read so many books lately about rich, powerful husbands turning out to be horrible men, that I'm bored with that story line (which the first half is all about). It wasn't the books fault. The second half moves pretty quickly and ends with a bang! A very good book!!
  • Julie
    “YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY: THERE'S A SPECIAL PLACE IN HELL FOR WOMEN WHO DON'T SUPPORT OTHER WOMEN.” It is no surprise that many readers are calling this Alafair’s best work yet!  I was a huge fan of The Ex making The Wife a no-brainer read. I devoured this novel in a day and was completely blown away.  There are some books you must keep quiet on, as one reveal, reveals everything. This is definitely one of those books. The story is hea...
  • Rachel Wallace
    4.5 Stars!This police procedural / thriller is such a timely story, it almost felt Law and Order-ish, as in "ripped from the headlines!"SUMMARYAngela Powell's life looked pretty amazing to outside observers. She had Jason, her successful, handsome husband; Spencer, her beloved thirteen year old son and an incredible multi-million dollar home in Manhattan. She appeared to be living the dream life of an over-privileged NYC housewife. But what most ...
  • Emily
    I have mixed feelings on this book. The writing, suspense, and characters were good, but I am not thrilled about where the plot went. Honestly, I wish this book would have stuck to being an intense drama, and left out the plot twists. It was so close to being a 5⭐ book for me, and now I just feel disenchanted because of the last bit of the book. This book had an opportunity to present a decent message, and completely failed. I just think that r...
  • Sherri Thacker
    Wowsa!!!!! The wife!!! Holy cow!!! I did not see this twist at the end. Get ready!!!!!! I would’ve given this book 5 stars if i hadn’t gotten so confused in the middle. Loved it though!!! Highly recommend!!
  • Kimberly
    You'll never see it coming! The twist is better than the one in Gone Girl.
  • Kate
    What a great thriller. I honestly liked this book A LOT more than I thought I originally would. At the beginning I felt that it was pretty slow and was slightly worried it was going to be repetitive and/or predictable. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was neither of those and that it had an awesome ending. One thing that I really liked about this book was that there were so many layers to it. Within one story there were several back...
  • Tammy
    Absolutely loved this thrilling chiller from beginning to end! I rated all the stars ✨
  • Jennifer
    It’s rare that I can sit and finish a book in one day..... and I was lucky enough to do that with The Wife. From the first sentence “In an instant, I became the woman they assumed I’d been all along: the wife who lied to protect her husband,” I was sucked into this domestic thriller. Angela and Jason Powell seem to have the perfect marriage until allegations are levied against him. Suddenly Angela is forced to decide if she defends her hu...
  • switterbug (Betsey)
    I gambled on this book, not confident that a beach read could keep me riveted to its pages, but Alafair Burke swept me up in its plot and characters, right until the titillating last sentence. No, this isn’t literature. The language is plain spoken, but unpretentiously unself-conscious, and the author risked a powerful, topical plotline which could have been ripped from today’s headlines—sexual allegations in the workplace and beyond, a sub...
  • Barbara
    3.5* Well, I will be the outsider on this one, I guess. It was somewhat reminiscent of another book from back in the 80s, which I won't name because it might give away a bit of the plot line. Yes, it had a few twists and turns, and it deals with current issues, and it is well written, but it just didn't strike a chord with me. I put it down and hesitated to pick it up. I know that wasn't the norm for most readers who gobbled it up. So, it must be...
  • Laurel-Rain
    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 ...
  • Luanne Ollivier
    Oh, Alafair Burke, you have outdone yourself with your new novel, The Wife! Brilliant, addictive, full of twists - and that last line ending? Perfect!I was hooked from the opening line: "In an instant, I became the woman they assumed I'd been all along: the wife who lied to protect her husband."The husband, Jason, is a celebrated public figure. When one of his interns makes an accusation against him, the foundations of his public and private live...
  • Jennifer
    I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review4-4.5 starsWhat can I say about The Wife that won’t spoil anything for you? Let’s start with how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This was my first book by Alafaire Burke and it certainly won’t be my last. In the heavily written about topic of sexual abuse and the legal cases behind them, it hard to find the hidden gems of books that actually hook you with the plot. Muc...
  • Sara
    Alafair Burke has produced a well written but super convoluted story that takes the reader on a roller coaster ride through almost every hot button social issue and thriller plot you can think of! I enjoyed this but it suffered hugely from the near constant "but THEN!" mini climaxes that appear just as plot points look like they're going to be resolved. I appreciate a twist as much as the next thriller reader, particularly when the writer is as t...
  • Judy Collins
    Review to follow.
  • Susan Johnson
    It's hard to put this book down as there are so many twists and turns. There is no way I could have guessed the ending and I was simply breathless with anticipation of what would happen next. This book is a true roller coaster.Jason is an university professor who has become rich and famous with a breakout book. He's opened his own consulting firm and owns a real house in NYC. He has a lovely wife, Angela, and a thirteen year old stepson, Spencer....
  • Nancy
    Really solid story telling. Revelations are well paced and I really didn’t guess the ending until nearly there. Excellent thriller. The author paced the story perfectly, revealing secrets and possible explanations with perfect timing. I read this over two days. It was very unexpected with twists and turns in the plot that had me guessing.
  • *Ritzrenee*
    HOLY MOLY The twist is realYet another successful mystery book that led me around in circles, doubting my suspicions and revealing unexpected secrets. This book truly lived up to its title "The Wife". My goodness, that was one helluva ride!4 stars was because it was a bit confusing to read at times as the person narrating in the chapters differed. I had to catch on by reading more to know who was narrating. Hence, it could get confusing at times.
  • Jamie
    Alafair Burke is a must read author for me each year and I’m rarely disappointed, The Wife was no exception. The mark of a great story in my mind is one where I don’t see the ending coming but does not seem so out of nowhere that it doesn’t track with the character’s personality, prior actions and the rest of the story and I found that to definitely be the case here. Look for The Wife in just a few weeks!Thank you to the publisher for an ...