The Ex by Alafair Burke

The Ex

By Alafair Burke

  • Release Date: 2016-01-26
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
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From 124 Ratings
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Description

In this breakout standalone novel of suspense in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on a Train, a woman agrees to help an old boyfriend who has been framed for murder—but begins to suspect that she is the one being manipulated.

And look for Alafair Burke’s latest heart-racing novel of psychological suspense, The Wife, coming in January 2018.

Twenty years ago she ruined his life. Now she has the chance to save it.

Widower Jack Harris has resisted the dating scene ever since the shooting of his wife Molly by a fifteen-year-old boy three years ago. An early morning run along the Hudson River changes that when he spots a woman in last night’s party dress, barefoot, enjoying a champagne picnic alone, reading his favorite novel. Everything about her reminds him of what he used to have with Molly. Eager to help Jack find love again, his best friend posts a message on a popular website after he mentions the encounter. Days later, that same beautiful stranger responds and invites Jack to meet her in person at the waterfront. That’s when Jack’s world falls apart.

 Olivia Randall is one of New York City’s best criminal defense lawyers. When she hears that her former fiancé, Jack Harris, has been arrested for a triple homicide—and that one of the victims was connected to his wife’s murder—there is no doubt in her mind as to his innocence. The only question is who would go to such great lengths to frame him—and why?

 For Olivia, representing Jack is a way to make up for past regrets, to absolve herself of guilt from a tragic decision, a secret she has held for twenty years. But as the evidence against him mounts, she is forced to confront her doubts. The man she knew could not have done this. But what if she never really knew him?

Reviews

  • Beautifully Riveting

    5
    By Linds1616
    This book will capture your attention and have you guessing the entire way. The author brilliantly, yet subtly, creates a beautiful mystery amongst the chapters. The end may even tug at your heart strings! Bravo Burke!
  • Meh.

    3
    By Vin8601
    I tried this book because it was $2.99, and I’d say the price was right. The characters are flat; they’re essentially just props to move the plot forward. I never believed that they had any agency or desire. I hoped the story would be redeemed by a great ending, but the ending is terribly implausible. Summary: The book itself isn’t awful, but I’m sure you can find better.
  • Excellent Book

    5
    By MygiftsA&L
    This is a terrific book, that keeps you guessing the whole way through! Fantastic!!!
  • The Ex

    5
    By imb4ubunny
    Great book-writing led you down a path to the "perfect crime". Want to read more from this writer.
  • Pretty good

    3
    By BPF72
    Predicted the ending pretty early on but was still surprised by some of the twists and turns along the way. Could be a little repetitive. Not sure it was worth $12.99 - probably would've enjoyed it more if I'd paid less!

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