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Author: Alafair Burke Narrator: Xe Sands Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9780062444882
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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?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Expertly crafted, intricately woven…as emotionally complex as it is riveting.”

    Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Riveting.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Burke tells a compelling legal thriller that will have readers baffled until the final reveal…Burke knows how to write, and Olivia Randall is one of her most authentic characters.”

    Associated Press

  • “Equal measures superlative mystery and crack courtroom thriller…A wholly satisfying and brilliantly constructed whiz bang of a tale.”

    Providence Journal

  • “Burke delivers a multilayered plot that explores relationships and manipulation in a rich character study.”

    Florida Sun-Sentinel

  • “Briskly told and packed with plot…A nifty bit of fine suspense.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “A compelling legal thriller with a strong emotional component grounded in a solid rational base, with a final twist to boot.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Xe Sands navigates smoothly through shifting perceptions and twisted emotions in this smart legal thriller…Olivia and Jack are but two of the many characters Sands must hold like prisms to the light, letting each angle cast a different hue to their actions. Sands plays each character straight and consistently, even as one character’s perception of another shifts. Her approach intensifies the questions of what is the truth and who is the killer right up until the final minutes.”


  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for February 2016
  • A 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Novel

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  • 3.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 5 Danna | 1/16/2020

    " I found the story generally engaging but much of it unbelievable, especially the old love affair seems implausible. The ending has an unexpected twist, and Xe Sands narration saves the story from being a disaster. I believed it the first time but it doesn't hold up to a second reading. "

About the Author

Alafair Burke is a New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including The Ex, which was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. She also coauthors the bestselling Under Suspicion series with Mary Higgins Clark. A former prosecutor, she is now a professor of criminal law.

About the Narrator

Xe Sands has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art, including recordings of the Nightwalkers series from Jaquelyn Frank. She has received several honors, including AudioFile Earphones Awards and a coveted Audie Award, and she was named Favorite Debut Romance Narrator of 2011 in the Romance Audiobooks poll.