The Ex

The Ex

by Alafair Burke

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Overview

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062390493
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/31/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 58,125
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Alafair Burke is the New York Times bestselling author of ten previous novels, including the standalone thrillers Long Gone and If You Were Here, and the Ellie Hatcher series: All Day and a Night, Never Tell, 212, Angel’s Tip, and Dead Connection. She is also the coauthor of the Under Suspicion series with Mary Higgins Clark. A former prosecutor, she is now a professor of criminal law and lives in Manhattan.

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The Ex 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Alafair Burke! I previously read two stories she co-authored with Mary Higgins Clark. I figured that if one of the masters of suspense chose her as a co-author that it was worth reading at least one of her books. I am so glad that I did because I have a new author to add to my favorite suspense novelists!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in two days--I couldn't put it down! There are a lot of twists and turns. I will definitely look for more books by Alafair Burke.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such an amazing read. I still can't stop thinking about the way the book unfolded. I already can't wait to find more books to read by this author. This book was absolutely amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by this author and oh my goodness! I am hooked I totally thought I had it figured out more than once to have that be wrong and the ending was super surprised but in a good way, I have worked in the legal field my entire life, I know nothing else and wow is all I can say!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me going until the end. There are parts that you think you know what is going on, but your just not too sure...until the end! Looking to see what else this author has available to read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First i have read from this auther. Well worth the time!!
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
The Ex is the eleventh novel by former police prosecutor and American author, Alafair Burke. When hung-over lawyer, Olivia Randall wakes to a request from a teenager concerned about her missing father, she’s ready to dismiss this as “not my problem”. But the teen is Buckley Harris, sixteen year old daughter of her one-time fiancé, Jackson Harris. And Olivia owes Harris, big-time, for something that happened twenty years earlier. Olivia tracks Jack down at First Precinct, and quickly assesses the situation: things are much worse that her good-guy ex believes. His proximity to the early morning shooting, coupled with his strange excuse for being there, the identity of one of the victims and certain evidence found in his apartment, lead to his being charged with a triple count of murder. And despite their history, he wants Olivia to defend him. Against her better judgement, and that of her law partner, she agrees. As the investigation proceeds and her team uncovers evidence to bolster Jack’s defence, Olivia wavers between her initial conviction that Jack could not have done this and doubting his innocence. Does Olivia’s guilt about the past colour her judgement as she deals with the evidence that is uncovered? Is Jack’s story so bizarre that it has to be true, or is this a meticulously planned revenge killing? Burke has crafted a clever tale that has an original plot littered with twists, clues and red herrings. The pace is fast, the characters are credible and all the more appealing for their flaws. While the most astute reader may deduce the identity of the killer amongst an abundance of characters with motive, means and opportunity, the need to know the “how and why” will keep the pages turning; most readers will be kept guessing until the shocking conclusion. A brilliant read!
tschnitzler More than 1 year ago
Great read and hard to put down! After the first couple of chapters, I knew who perpetrated this crime. The book moves along quickly without a lot of boring background to draw the story down. Olivia Randall is a 10-year defense attorney who is called by an old boyfriend's daughter to represent him on a murder charge. I admire Olivia's tenacity, her instincts, and her personality. There were several surprises in this story, especially at the end! You won't regret reading this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, but unrealistic conclusion on who done it!
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mare47 More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. A real surprise ending!
CCinME More than 1 year ago
Solid legal suspense-er! Easy read with twists and an ending you won't anticipate.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book became a page turner as soon as I read the sample. It kept me guessing all the way. When I thought I figured it all out it took a turn. My only complaint is I wish there was more
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Christina_I More than 1 year ago
The book kept me engaged. However, I found it predictable. I knew who committed the crime less than halfway through the book. There wasn't a moment where I second guess my prediction. It's a good quick read if you don't want to read something too intense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept you thinking and wanting to read more
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pug_mom More than 1 year ago
I never write reviews but this book was just so good I had to put my 2cents in. I'm already searching for more by this author. I'm a fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read but took a while to make sense of how it all turned out in the end
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LeeNCLD More than 1 year ago
Great Read! First I have read by Alafair Burke; will not be my last. Could not put it down! Well done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book! You will not be disappointed! Keeps you on your toes right from the beginning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good. Glad I got it on sale. Great mindless beach read.