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, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Audiobook

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 without h...
  • Alafair Burke
    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 sh...
  • j e w e l s
    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...
  • 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 wi...
  • Meredith
    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...
  • 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 ma...
  • 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...
  • Elyse 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!
  • Jen
    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 a...
  • 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 aga...
  • 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 k...
  • 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...
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    BlurbHis 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 t...
  • Marialyce
    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
    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...
  • Liz
    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 sto...
  • 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....
  • JanB
    4.5 stars, rounded upA 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...
  • 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 work...
  • Dianne
    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...
  • 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...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister and proud Grandma!!!
    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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Lisa
    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. But six years...
  • Katie B
    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. Alr...
  • Dana
    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.I...