Review: The Ex




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.

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?

Rating: 5 stars


The Ex by Alafair Burke is a suspenseful yet highly entertaining read. Readers will be swept off their feet and pulled into a masterful plot. Fast-paced, highly engaging, and well-written, readers will love this new title. Alafair Burke is definitely one of the most talented suspense writers today. His novels never disappoint readers. The scenes are vivid and the characerters are well developed. A past left behind is now coming out and makes everything complicated for one criminal defense lawyer.

Inside this thriller, reader will find the most intriguing plot ever. A woman rushes to save her boyfriend from crimes he’s being accused of…but soon she finds herself doubting if she’s truly defending an innocent friend or a masermind criminal. Alafair Burke leaves readers constantly wondering what if…and what happens next. The Ex is an exciting novel that will hook in every reader…this is one novel that I couldn’t put down until I read the entire book. For those who enjoy detective stories and legal thrillers then this is one novel you must read. I enjoyed reading this as the plot unfolded and the case spun me further into the danger of it all. I highly recommend this title to readers everywhere.

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