The Better Sister

The Better Sister➹ [Read] ➵ The Better Sister By Alafair Burke ➼ – 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—on From Alafair Burke—New York Times bestselling author of the runaway hit The Wife—comes another twisty tale of domestic noir When The Better MOBI :¿ 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 pastThough Chloe was the younger of the two Taylor sisters she always seemed to be in charge She was the honor roll student with big dreams and an even bigger work ethic Nicky was always restless and than a little reckless—the opposite of her ambitious little sister She floated from job to job and man to man and stayed close to home in ClevelandFor a while it seemed like 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 strangersNow 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 teenaged 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. How do you tell people you married your sister’s husband without sounding horrible? I'm sure there are inuiring minds—other than my own—who would like to know is that even possible? Well don't you worry Alafair Burke tests the theory here with sisters Chloe and Nicky While the women don't overtly vie for the title of the better sister it's a given they'll have readers second guessing which of the two deserves the label Considering this was my first exposure to Burke's work I had no clue what her storytelling could offer That little unknown coupled with the number of unfavorable reviews that accumulated in the time it took for my name to reach the top of the library reserve list found me less than enthusiastic I might have even toted the book home out of some twisted sense of obligation Waiting weeks for my turn meant it was only fair to try out a chapter or two And good thing I did; turns out this book was a fit for me The engaging uality of Burke's words and the sordid situation splayed across the pages made for a wholly immersive read Indulging in this fashion—plowing through an entire book in a single day—hasn't happened for me much as of late I'll admit The Better Sister might seem tame in comparison to some of the other wildcards floating around in the domestic noir space but that’s not necessarily a bad thing Bigger doesn’t always correlate to better Seems fitting to put a Project RunwayHeidi Klum uote to good use here “One day you’re in and the next day you’re out” I’m over storylines that offer little than the gasp inducing antics of an unreliable narrator or a disruptive plot twist I think it's time for a fresh approach in the genre or a return to the basics of good storytellingBurke brings readers into the lives of Chloe and Adam when they’re riding a high Both prominent in their respective fields they’re raising their teenage son and living an idealistic life in the heart of Manhattan Or so it seemsIn actuality truth is often far less polished than appearances would have us believe Chloe and Adam are mum about the fact that he was once married to Chloe’s older sister Nicky Or that Chloe—regardless of the fact that Ethan calls her “mom”—is only the aunt stepmotherTheir complicated pasts come barreling back in the wake of Adam’s murder It's a short list of suspects—current wife ex wife and teenage son—to contend with but Burke still manages to keep the details under wraps until the very endAmidst the investigation and the sibling strife Burke explores how a curated persona can vary vastly from actuality While we think we know someone based on the causes they support the movements they inspire or the snippets of themselves they choose to share with the world the reality is we often don’t Thanks to my lovely local library system for the borrowed copy 25 stars Starts off strong but turns into a mess The Better Sister is a domestic thriller about a woman good sister who marries her bad seed sister’s former husband and raises her sister’s son as her own Sounds juicy right? It gets even better because 10 years later good sister’s husband is murdered and her stepson is a prime suspect Now she must do whatever it takes to prove her son’s innocence even if it means reuniting with her crazy sister The Better Sister has so much potential I got sucked in immediately and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next But at a certain point it just got boring Then I began to notice weird gaps in time and some plot holes I pushed these issues to the side with the hope that they would be ironed out But unfortunately they were not As I read further the plot began to spiral I felt like Burke was just trying to do too much and it became a rather messy and chaotic read I thought that the ending was going to save it but there was one final twist that just irked me to no end I also wanted to know about the two sisters’ relationship What plays out does not match the potential of the plot I loved The Wife but perhaps it set me up to have too high of expectations for The Better Sister I received an ARC of this book from Edelweiss and Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review A solid entertaining read but I think I'm growing weary of the domestic thriller as they are all seeming to read about the same way Full review to come I received a review copy via the publisher 40 Stars—“The Better Sister” is the third Alafair Burke book I have read in less than a year so I guess I would say I am officially a fan “The Better Sister” is written from the first person perspective of Chloe a famous feminist and publisher whose husband Adam is brutally murdered inside of their home This situation is complicated by the fact that Chloe is a stepmother to Ethan Adam’s son whose mother is Nickie Chloe’s sister This leads to complications and many interesting reveals as the story unfolds The author does a much better job than she did in “The Ex” of keeping the details of the plot unpredictable and keeps numerous plausible suspects floating about throughout the mystery I really enjoyed the courtroom antics in this novel too The way the defense choreographed certain elements with the client and the family for maximum effect was ingenious and reflected things I have seen from better attorneys in court The only problems I had with the book was the ending was implausible considering all that would have had to take place in order for it to have occurred as described and the inconsistencies in Chloe’s actions and statements the narrator from the start to the end of the novel The author couldn’t seem to decide whether Chloe was a reliable or unreliable and her way of speaking about certain characters at one point did not mesh with how she spoke of them later Criticisms aside I enjoy the author’s writing style and am looking forward to reading mysteries from her in the future Chloe and her husband Adam seem to have a happy marriage Chloe is a famous and successful journalist and Adam is a successful lawyer Ethan is Adam's sixteen year old son by Nicky and Ethan considers Chloe Mom and Chloe loves Ethan as if he were her own Chloe created the Them too movement and is lauded for promoting women's rights and strengths to stand up for themselves Behind the scenes we find that Ethan's mom Nicky is Adam's ex wife and their marriage ended very badly with Chloe siding with Adam and against Nicky during the divorce proceedings Chloe and Adam's marriage is not going well at all with Adam resenting Chloe for pushing him into the private sector while he would have prefered remaining a prosecuting DA Things really go bad for everyone when Adam is murdered and Ethan is charged with murdering his father Chloe and Nicky who've had nothing to do with each other for the last fourteen years team up with each other to support Ethan and attempt to find out what really happened the night Adam was killed and what was going on in Adam's life leading up to his murder This book has a lot of things I enjoy a murder mystery police investigations and courtroom drama It's a slow moving story so patience is needed to get to the bottom of the mystery Based on this story I plan to read Alafair's other two books in what she considers a thematic trilogy The Ex and The Wife THREE STARSThe Better Sister is indeed a relative to Burke’s fabulous domestic thriller The Wife Unfortunately she is not the better sister This very similar novel has almost all the same elements as THE WIFE but is missing the twisted magic that made that story so much excitingI love Alafair Burke’s easy style of writing She effortlessly incorporates the pulse of our times so accurately it is easy to get swept up in her contemporary mysteries and courtroom dramas I would call this a “mild” domestic drama with a murder mystery to solve It is fairly addictive due to Burke’s talented writing skills but the story seems to stall out and not go anywhere You won’t regret reading The Better Sister but you probably won’t remember much about it afterwards Thank you to Edelweiss and Harper Collins for my early galley THE BETTER SISTER hits US shelves on April 16 2019 All opinions are my own Elaborate suspenseful and twistyTHE BETTER SISTER by ALAFAIR BURKE is an exciting intriguing engrossing disturbing and fantastic domestic mysterythriller that had me totally absorbed in this emotionally complex storyline I was fully immersed and totally interested in the mystery and the interaction between these two sisters Chloe and Nicky as it was uite dynamic ALAFAIR BURKE is such a fabulous storyteller and has this way of hooking you in right away with her extremely fast paced narrative and her subtly sneaky delivery Which immediately had me uestioning and wanting answers even re reading certain parts because I was certain I had to have missed something and dang if I did She’s sneaky lol ALAFAIR BURKE delivers a compelling and well written story here that is full of intrigue suspense courtroom drama and familial dynamics The topical storyline is timely and well plotted flowed seamlessly and had interesting and great charactersThis was another one of those books for me where the fantastic storytelling guided and entertained me right to the very end The courtroom drama was extremely interesting and smartly written without overwhelming you with complicated details I could definitely tell that ALAFAIR BURKE knows her stuffNorma’s StatsCover Absolutely love that dramatic striking breathtaking and extremely fitting cover Title Simple impactful and a fabulous representation to storyline WritingProse Well written skilled elaborate suspenseful and engagingPlot Engrossing suspenseful dramatic realistic interesting fast paced and entertainingEnding The ending made me pause and reflect but in the end I was completely satisfied with the outcome Overall The storyline is full of twists and turns and so subtly interspersed that I didn’t think this was predictable at all I wouldn’t necessarily say it was all that surprising though when everything all played out but it was completely satisfying to me ALAFAIR BURKE does it again and has another winner here with THE BETTER SISTER Would highly recommendThank you so much to Ashley at HarperCollins Canada for the complimentary copy It was an absolute pleasure reading this fabulous bookReview can also be found on our book blog What a terrific domestic suspensecourtroom drama novel Chloe works in publishing as the editor of a feminist women’s magazine and is a vocal and very public advocate for women while her husband Adam is a successful Manhattan attorney Together they raise their son Ethan The complication? Adam is her sister Nicky’s ex husband and Ethan is really her nephew These are little known public details until Adam turns up brutally murdered in their beach house The police turn their attention to Ethan as the suspect and the two estranged sisters who haven’t spoken in 15 years must team together to save himNothing is as it appears and red herrings will have you spinning off in multiple direction with theories of what really happened If you’re like me you will be wrongThere is the mystery of who killed Adam but I also loved the exploration of social media the #MeToo movement family dysfunction and the sibling bondThis isn’t a thrill a minute read with twists on every page coming at you fast and furious but I am over that style of thriller so I liked the focus on the characters Families are often messy We never really knows what goes on behind closed doors I found it entertaining and a fun diversion • I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review Very intriguing beginning but it somehow lost me a bit along the way Chloe and Nicky are not what you could call close sisters but it'd be pretty amazing if they'd managed Not only did Chloe end up marrying Nicky's ex husband Adam but she takes care of her son who calls her mom She'd always been the responsible sister always had her life together Nicky only managed a short time when her child was very young before she went back to being reckless and lost him in the process Years later the child is now getting closer to a grown man and Adam is dead murdered by an intruder And they suspect his son Ethan is your typical teenager a bit rebellious and secretive But would he kill his own father? Nicky rushes to be with her family uniting with her estranged sister to support the child they've both had a hand in raising Neither of them believe Ethan could possibly have hurt Adam but things aren't looking good This is a decent domestic thriller probably best suited for people who haven't read too many but have an interest Having read them uite often some parts were a bit too messy for me It didn't uite lead up to the synopsis Harper Collins sent me a copy of this book to read and review Thank you This in no way affects my opinion 2 starsChloe Taylor is now married to Adam raising her sister Nicky’s son Ethan It’s a sordid little tale you see as her sister Nicky was Adam’s first wife Yeah you heard that right Adam got primary custody after Nicky was declared unfit Ethan is now a teenager and has always called Chloe mom Chloe is editor of a woman’s magazine and is known for the “#Themtoo” Feminist Movement and is both loved and hated Except for being trolled on the internet her life is pretty perfect her husband Adam is a successful lawyer Ethan loves and adores her and she has the life she always wanted Then her husband’s body is found brutally murdered and all bets are off The police have a primary suspect of course and it’s none other than Ethan Could he possibly be guilty? Are there other factors at play? Could Chloe’s success or her and Nicky’s childhood have anything to do with Adam’s murder? Do you have the patience to find out? You’re going to need it if “The Better Sister” is on your tbr “The Better Sister” is a very slow moving mystery in comparison to Alafair Burke’s “The Wife and “The Ex” both of which I really liked In addition I found it to be very confusing especially compared to the synopsis of this novel which doesn’t uite match up to the plot I waited a good 35% for the characters of Hannah and Graham to show up before realizing the synopsis was just plain wrong I hate when that happens If you don’t mind slow moving predictable suspense novels you might enjoy this slow burn of a novel unfortunately it just wasn’t for meThis was a buddy read with Kaceey Thanks for keeping me companyThank you to Edelweiss Harper Collins and Alafair Burke for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest reviewPublished on Edelweiss and Goodreads on 12619

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  • Hardcover
  • 311 pages
  • The Better Sister
  • Alafair Burke
  • 08 December 2014
  • 9780062853370