A Washington Post and Sun Sentinel Best Book of the Year
“One hell of a rip-roaring read.”— Seattle Review of Books
“Cunning. . . . Get ready to be led down the garden path to a conclusion so morally ambiguous a professional ethicist might have to be called in.” — Washington Post
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?
Keep your enemies close and your sister closer.
Though Chloe was the younger of the two Taylor sisters, she always seemed to be the one in charge. She was the honor roll student with big dreams and an even bigger work ethic. Nicky—always restless and more than a little reckless—was the opposite of her ambitious little sister. She floated from job to job and man to man, and stayed close to home in Cleveland.
For a while, it seemed that both sisters had found happiness. Chloe earned a scholarship to an Ivy League school and moved to New York City, where she landed a coveted publishing job. Nicky married promising young attorney Adam Macintosh and gave birth to a baby boy they named Ethan. The Taylor sisters became virtual strangers.
Now, more than fifteen years later, their lives are drastically different—and Chloe is married to Adam. When he’s murdered by an intruder at the couple’s East Hampton beach house, Chloe reluctantly allows her teenage stepson’s biological mother—her estranged sister, Nicky—back into her life. But when the police begin to treat Ethan as a suspect in his father’s death, the two sisters are forced to unite . . . and to confront the truth behind family secrets they have tried to bury in the past.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Alafair Burke’s twisty and thrilling murder mystery digs deep into one family’s complicated past. And we mean complicated: Years ago, Burke’s heroine, a chic magazine editor named Chloe, helped her brother-in-law, Adam, win a bitter custody case against her older sister—and then married him. But when Adam turns up dead 14 years later, the estranged sisters must put aside their grievances to find his killer and uncover the secrets he kept from them both. Burke’s story is unputdownable, with whip-smart dialogue, crackling energy, and well-rounded characters that we genuinely cared about.
Good...but not her best.
Book started out super slow, but picked up about 1/3 of the way through. I kept reading because I had bought the book.
Ending ruins the book
Good, well-paced thriller. Enjoyable until the end, when the author’s attempts to “tie up loose ends” really made no sense in the context of the characters or the plot line. Left me thinking this was completed on a short deadline, touts detriment
A better than average read
Well written, good character development, nice steady pace, overall, not bad. Worth the time and price. I’d recommend it to a friend.