The Better Sister by Alafair Burke

The Better Sister

From Alafair Burke—New York Times bestselling author of the runaway hit, The Wife—comes another twisty tale of domestic noir. When a prominent Manhattan lawyer is murdered, two estranged sisters—one the dead man’s widow, the other his ex—must set aside mistrust and old resentments . . . but can they escape their past?Though Chloe was the younger of the two Taylor sisters, she always seemed to be in charge. She was the honor roll student...

Details The Better Sister

TitleThe Better Sister
Release DateApr 16th, 2019
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense, Mystery Thriller, Audiobook

Reviews The Better Sister

  • Melissa
    How do you tell people you married your sister’s husband without sounding horrible? I'm sure there are inquiring minds—other than my own—who would like to know, is that even possible? Well, don't you worry. Alafair Burke tests the theory here with sisters, Chloe and Nicky. While the women don't overtly vie for the title of "the better sister", it's a given they'll have readers second-guessing which of the two deserves the label. Considering...
  • Meredith
    2.5 stars Starts off strong, but turns into a mess! The Better Sister is a domestic thriller about a woman (good sister) who marries her bad seed sister’s former husband and raises her sister’s son as her own. Sounds juicy, right? It gets even better because 10 years later, good sister’s husband is murdered and her (step)son is a prime suspect. Now, she must do whatever it takes to prove her son’s innocence, even if it means reuniting wit...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    A solid, entertaining read, but I think I'm growing weary of the domestic thriller, as they are all seeming to read about the same way. Full review to come!*I received a review copy via the publisher.
  • marilyn
    Chloe and her husband Adam seem to have a happy marriage. Chloe is a famous and successful journalist and Adam is a successful lawyer. Ethan is Adam's sixteen year old son by Nicky, and Ethan considers Chloe "Mom" and Chloe loves Ethan as if he were her own. Chloe created the "Them, too" movement and is lauded for promoting women's rights and strengths to stand up for themselves. Behind the scenes, we find that Ethan's mom, Nicky, is Adam's ex-wi...
  • Joey R.
    4.0 Stars—“The Better Sister” is the third Alafair Burke book I have read in less than a year, so I guess I would say I am officially a fan. “The Better Sister” is written from the first person perspective of Chloe, a famous feminist and publisher, whose husband, Adam, is brutally murdered inside of their home. This situation is complicated by the fact that Chloe is a stepmother to Ethan, Adam’s son, whose mother is Nickie, Chloe’s ...
  • j e w e l s
    THREE STARSThe Better Sister is, indeed, a relative to Burke’s fabulous domestic thriller The Wife. Unfortunately, she is not the better sister. This very similar novel has almost all the same elements as THE WIFE, but is missing the twisted magic that made that story so much more exciting.I love Alafair Burke’s easy style of writing. She effortlessly incorporates the pulse of our times so accurately, it is easy to get swept up in her contem...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Elaborate, suspenseful, and twisty!THE BETTER SISTER by ALAFAIR BURKE is an exciting, intriguing, engrossing, disturbing, and fantastic domestic mystery/thriller that had me totally absorbed in this emotionally complex storyline. I was fully immersed and totally interested in the mystery and the interaction between these two sisters, Chloe and Nicky as it was quite dynamic. ALAFAIR BURKE is such a fabulous storyteller and has this way of hooking ...
  • JanB
    What a terrific domestic suspense/courtroom drama novel! Chloe works in publishing as the editor of a feminist women’s magazine and is a vocal and very public advocate for women, while her husband Adam is a successful Manhattan attorney. Together they raise their son Ethan. The complication? Adam is her sister Nicky’s ex-husband and Ethan is really her nephew. These are little known public details until Adam turns up brutally murdered in thei...
  • Sarah Joint
    Very intriguing beginning, but it somehow lost me a bit along the way. Chloe and Nicky are not what you could call close sisters, but it'd be pretty amazing if they'd managed. Not only did Chloe end up marrying Nicky's ex-husband Adam, but she takes care of her son... who calls her mom. She'd always been the more responsible sister, always had her life more together. Nicky only managed a short time when her child was very young before she went ba...
  • Susanne Strong
    2 starsChloe Taylor is now married to Adam, raising her sister Nicky’s son, Ethan. It’s a sordid little tale you see, as her sister Nicky was Adam’s first wife. Yeah, you heard that right. Adam got primary custody after Nicky was declared unfit. Ethan is now a teenager and has always called Chloe, mom. Chloe is editor of a woman’s magazine and is known for the “#Themtoo” Feminist Movement and is both loved and hated. Except for being ...
  • Zoeytron
    Tepid as old bathwater.  This was my first outing with Alafair Burke and it would be fair to say we did not engage.  It's possible that having read so many books of this ilk that I have become difficult to please.  The writing here is fine, there just wasn't anything to get my heart pounding.
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: my youngest would say . . . . . That’s soooooooo applicable here because The Better Sister was a damn good domestic thriller (as can be seen by my rating). Not only did it hold my interest throughout, but it did so without me even realizing how much progress I was making until I sat down to finish it last night and only had about 20% remaining. Burke also proved she knows which lan...
  • Meredith B. (readingwithmere)
    3.5 Stars rounded up! I had no idea four years later, I'd become the second Mrs. Adam Macintosh, or that ten years after that, I'd be the one to find his dead body. Chloe is the youngest Taylor sister and she has is together. You could say she is the better sister. She has a great job and gets to be a guest at fancy parties with her boss until one night her brother in law calls her to tell her he needs her help...and it's about her sister.Fast fo...
  • Brenda -Traveling Sister host of The Traveling Friends
    3.5 StarsTwo estranged sisters, a murdered husband and father, some courtroom drama and a whole lot of messy family drama. The Better Sister is a simple yet intriguing whodunit domestic thriller with some interesting simple courtroom drama and a lot of family drama that didn’t feel too overly complicated to me. Now I am not sure I would describe this one as fast-paced or really entertaining. I felt the strength in this one was in the drama. Now...
  • Liz
    3.5 stars, rounded upI’ve only read one other book by Alafair Burke, The Wife, which I thought was a strong and interesting domestic thriller. So, I was curious to see if I’d like her next book and was thrilled to get an ARC.I liked the premise. I can’t quite imagine marrying my ex-brother-in-law under any circumstances in which my sister was still alive. But Chloe did exactly that, marrying Nicky’s ex-husband. Nicky was the ne’er do we...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Who is the “better” sister? ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ The premise of this- wow! A Manhattan lawyer is murdered, and two sisters, the lawyer’s widow and his ex, must come together again after years of estrangement. The sisters, Chloe and Nicky, could not have been more different growing up. Chloe, the younger sister, was in charge, a hard worker, and thoughtful. Nicky, the older sister, was a dreamer and floated through life. Each sister takes her own...
  • Katie B
    Well, I'm not going to lie, I was disappointed in this one because I have enjoyed some of the author's other books. The main problem I had while reading is I didn't understand most of the characters and by the time some context was provided it was like it was too little, too late. The plot itself wasn't horrible but the characters needed to be fully fleshed out.On a positive note, I liked how Olivia Randall from The Ex was a character in this one...
  • Jennifer
    Courtroom drama meets domestic suspense in this story about murder and family. Two estranged sisters, a dead husband connected to them both, a teenage boy charged with murder. Alafair Burke shows off her legal skills and talent for developing a family, secrets and all. Everything rises to the surface and the outcome will have you questioning which of these sisters is actually the better one. Although slow moving overall, the twists and turns prov...
  • ABookwormWithWine
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5 (4.5 / 5) I was a HUGE fan of The Wife by Alafair Burke so I kinda had high expectations going into The Better Sister. Let me tell you, Burke did not disappoint me!! What it's about: Nicky and Chloe are sisters... not that you can tell. Nicky has always had issues holding a job and holding a man, plus ongoing problems with substance abuse. Chloe is the polar opposite; hard working, overachieving, plus Chloe managed to become ...
  • Debbie Oliphant
    I remember reading The Ex and felt mentally drained from the twists and turns. It was quite a ride and after that, I became a fan of this authors. The summary draws you in and you feel ready to dive in, however, this story took awhile to "get there". While I appreciated the topics when you finally did "get there", I'm not sure I was vested with the protagonist of the story. The upside was that if you are a fan of this authors, the twists and turn...
  • Julie (JuJu)
    My thoughts:When you have a high profile job, it’s hard to keep the secrets of your personal life hidden. When your husband is murdered and your son is the main suspect, it’s impossible.Little by little, Chloe’s juicy and sordid secrets are being revealed and—as much as she’s tried—she can’t stop them. She married her sister’s ex-husband, Adam, when her nephew, Ethan, was very young...and became his step-mother. Her sister, Nicky,...
  • Jamie beauty_andthebook_
    Alafair Burke has done it again - and dare I say - this may just be her best yet! Chloe Taylor, an editor-in-Chief of a women’s magazine spearheading the #MeToo movement - returns home to lavish Hamptons weekend home to find her husband stabbed to death. But, Chloe and Adam didn’t exactly have a boy-meets-girl traditional start, Adam is divorced from Chloe’s own sister, Nicky. Delving into family relationships and unraveling exactly how som...
  • Shannon
    Thanks to Harper Books #partner for gifting me a copy of The Better Sister by Alafair Burke! After reading The Wife last year and LOVING IT, I knew I had to read The Better Sister ASAP! I loved it!Chloe is married to Adam, who was previously married to Chloe’s sister, Nicky. Wait what?! Yep!! Adam got custody of his and Nicky’s son, Ethan. What a family! Nicky has been estranged from the family for some time.Chloe works at an elite magazine c...
  • Sara
    So Alafair Burke has started doing something in her novels that is making me mildly insane. Lets say you're reading a book about the kidnapping of a little kid. Its a first person narrative where you spend time with the mother of the kidnapped child, you learn more about her and her life, her marriage, what her family is like. She thinks a lot of thoughts about her kid, their life together, maybe you find out about her job and her friends. You're...
  • Dennis
    So, please don't make fun of me, but I've never read anything by the famous Alafair Burke. I know, I know—I'm one of the only people in the world that didn't check out her 2018 blockbuster The Wife. However, this year I was given the opportunity to read Burke's upcoming The Better Sister and I am officially now a fan. Burke's upcoming domestic thriller takes place in Manhattan, focusing on Chloe Taylor and her family. The story starts with sh...
  • *TANYA*
    Very entertaining! Nothing about this book is unique or challenging but I kept wanting to find out the “who done it”. It did have a few unexpected twists and turns. This is the type of book I recommend if you’re stuck in a book rut. Happy reading!!
  • Lisa
    Burke is a master of pacing and suspense. This one is so clever, glitzy, and current — and, oh, what an ending!
  • Carol
    5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐I will admit that it took me a little while to really get into this book unlike the previous two books that I have read by this author ( The Wife and The Ex ).However once I reached the part where Chloe finds her husband Adam murdered at their home in the Hamptons I was totally hooked from that point onwards and didn't want to put it down. This book had all the wonderful twists and turns that I have now come to expect from...
  • Tim
    This is an okay story with a fairly meager end. 3 of 10 stars
  • Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction~on hiatus))
    3.5 StarsI've read several of Alafair Burke's books—all of her books with Mary Higgins Clark, which is how I was introduced to her as an author, a few books in her Ellie Hatcher series, and a couple of her standalone novels including, of course, The Ex and The Wife. I was thrilled to read The Better Sister but unfortunately, I felt it was missing all the ingredients that made The Wife and The Ex both 5 star reads.In this domestic thriller, albe...