The Ex Alafair Burke

cover76619-medium Pub: Faber & Faber

Widower Jack Harris has resisted the dating scene since the shooting of his wife by a fifteen-year-old boy three years ago. An early morning run along the Hudson River changes that when he spots a woman who eerily but thrillingly echoes his past. Eager to help Jack find love again, his best friend posts a “Missed Moment” item online and days later, a woman responds…

Olivia Randall is one of New York City’s best criminal defense lawyers. When she gets the phone call informing her that her former fiancée, Jack Harris, has been arrested for a triple homicide 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, and the hurt she caused him, 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?

After seeing a girl in the park and unable to forget her , Jack Harris gets  a chance to meet her.

While waiting for her to arrive, a shooting of a man a few streets away see Jack arrested for the murder. The man is the father of a fifteen year old boy who killed Jacks wife Molly, and who Jack has unsuccessfully launched a law suit against.

The riveting read will keep you glued. It is a satisfying compelling read.

Olivia carries a lot of guilt, she was once engaged to Jack but her actions and other incidents in Jacks life caused him to have a major breakdown. Now a successful lawyer, Olivia has taken the case and with the ‘help’ of Buckley, Jacks daughter, and  friends is trying to piece together the facts.

What Alafair Burke has written is  a brilliant and credible tale and although I don’t like putting novels in any category, this one is ‘up there’ with Girl on a Train  and  I have a feeling it will be on more than few top reads listings. It is completely believable and is a book that I shall be talking about for a long long time.

 

5*/5

 

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