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
Author
Release DateJan 23rd, 2018
PublisherHarper
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense, Mystery Thriller, Psychological Thriller
Rating

Reviews The Wife

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2017-10-23
    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 Masterson
    2018-02-13
    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...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    2018-03-24
    5 STARSWhew!!!! 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? Wh...
  • Meredith
    2018-02-20
    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 accus...
  • Alafair Burke
    2017-08-01
    I am too biased to review the insides, but isn't the jacket pretty? Hope you enjoy what's behind the cover.
  • Larry H
    2018-02-24
    It's been said the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. While this may not be a surprise to those who have read her work before, but as a first-time reader of Alafair Burke, I can definitely say that storytelling talent definitely runs in the family! (She is the daughter of one of my all-time favorite authors, James Lee Burke.) But the thing is, James Lee Burke never quite got my pulse pounding as hard as his daughter did in her new book, The Wi...
  • Debbie
    2018-01-22
    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...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    2018-01-23
    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...
  • Julie
    2018-03-29
    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 aga...
  • Elyse
    2018-04-02
    .....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!
  • Holly B
    2018-02-07
    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...
  • Marialyce
    2018-02-14
    5 oh my goodness starsThis 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 ...
  • Susanne Strong
    2018-03-18
    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 f...
  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    2018-02-06
    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...
  • Jonetta
    2018-03-10
    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....
  • Dianne
    2018-02-22
    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 yea...
  • Jennifer
    2018-01-22
    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...
  • Shannon
    2017-11-13
    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 ...
  • Dana
    2018-03-05
    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 v...
  • Lisa
    2018-04-12
    The WifeAlafair BurkeMY RATING ⭐⭐⭐⭐▫PUBLISHER Harper AudioPUBLISHED January 23, 2018NARRATOR Xe SandsA timely and gripping psychological suspense novel that will leave you gasping for air. SUMMARYHe 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...
  • Cathrine ☯️
    2018-01-12
    3.5 ★As most of my GR friends know I’m a total fangirl when it comes to James Lee Burke’s writing and though there is little comparison with story construction/characters, Alafair Burke definitely has her daddy’s writing prowess and I look forward to checking out more of her work.I would not define this one as a ‘thriller’ but slow-burn 'psychological suspense' sure fits and she puts her experience as a former prosecutor to good effec...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    2018-01-03
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 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
    2018-01-18
    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...
  • Jan
    2018-03-12
    Superbly executed and highly addicting domestic thriller. Would love to see this play out on the silver screen!!I am still giddy from the high this book left me on! :)I don't even know where to start, as there are so many layers to this book. So many secrets, so many lies. Who is being honest, who has the most to lose? The characters shine throughout-many with flaws and emotions that resonated as 'real' to me. I especially liked seeing strong fem...
  • Misty
    2018-03-01
    I couldn't decide what thriller to read, so I had my friend’s mom choose for us: she decided The Wife. Then I read Jennifer M’s excellent review and agreed to lock it down!!! Alafair Burke didn't waste any time with getting me hooked. She jumps right in. It is high paced and with the perfect amount of suspense. My mind was in puzzle pieces. I was looking at this from every angle.I appreciated the mix of first and third person POV. Burke knew ...
  • DeAnna
    2018-02-02
    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!!
  • Stephanie Anze
    2018-02-14
    "To know something, he argued, was not the same as to be certain beyond all doubt. And to believe something was definitely not the same as to know it."Angela has the perfect life. Her husband, Jason Powell, is a noted economist and NYU professor, author of the popular book 'Equalnomics' and the leader at his consulting firm FSS. Their son attends a private school. Their house is a historical landmark. By all accounts, Jason is a loving husband an...
  • Emily
    2018-01-12
    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 good 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...
  • Julie
    2018-01-16
    “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...
  • Victoria
    2018-04-15
    Believe the hype, I haven’t seen this particular topic handled so well since Michael Crichton’s Disclosure. Burke is a gifted storyteller with a finely tuned ear for dialogue, characters that jump off the page and a multi-layered story that grabs you and won’t let go. That’s all you need to know.