The Better Sister

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 16 Apr 2019

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Chloe Taylor appears to have it all.   She is at the top of her career, has a handsome, successful husband. Adam, and a wonderful teenage son, Ethan.  What isn't known is that Chloe is obsessed with her critics on internet websites, her marriage isn't as solid as she wants everybody to believe, and Ethan is really her step-son.  His mother is Chloe's sister, Nicky.  Chloe is receiving a major award and while she loves the attention it gives to her ThemToo movement, she just wants to go home. It is late when she heads out to their second home out on Long Island, but she knows that it will just be Adam at home because Ethan is at a sleepover.  When she finally gets home late that night she finds her husband has been stabbed to death.  And just like that her carefully crafter world has collapsed.  Ethan is arrested for her husband's murder and the sister she has carefully kept out of their lives comes crashing back into their lives.   Chloe and Nicky are forced to deal with the secrets of their rocky past in order to be there for the teenage boy they both love beyond measure.   Will their combined efforts be able to keep Ethan from being convicted of murder?

The Better Sister was an incredibly fast and engrossing read.   Chloe is an absolute "Type A" personality who likes to have control over her life.  Even though she was Ethan's aunt, she played the role of his mother for years. And that is the way she wanted it.  Ethan seemed like a well-adjusted young man who had a good relationship with Chloe and a decent relationship with his father.   Even the reader believes that their lives are perfect because that is what Chloe wants everybody to believe.  It is slowly revealed that their lives were less than perfect. First, Adam is really tough on Ethan.  Then a big secret is revealed about Chloe.  I wasn't all that surprised with the "whodunit" but I was surprised at the why, that secret was one that was kept tightly under wraps.   The end of the book was a satisfying relief.   It truly felt like they were going to get a "happy-ever-after." -- CLICK HERE FOR SPOILERS

Bottom Line - Alafair Burke is one of those authors that has a way of taking her readers on a wild ride.  With the revelation of each secret, you are on the edge of your seat, waiting to see what else is waiting for you around the corner!  All of the trademarks of a talented author. 

The Better Sister by Alafair  Burke
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Pages: 336
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 4/16/19
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Thank you to Netgalley for the free book in exchange for a review.
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This was the first @alafair.burke books I had ever read... and led me to read almost every other book she’s published solely (although I’ve picked up several of the ones she’s co-penned with @mary.higgins.clark and they are all neatly stacked in my endless TBR!) This book was phenomenal! As was her Ellie Hatcher and Samantha Kincaid Series— which made me homesick for Portland!!) if you haven’t read any of her books... add them all to your list!! I wish I would have know she was in Oregon when I lived there... we could have been besties!!) Thanks to @netgalley and @harpercollinsus for the #arc and the weeks that followed of binge reading almost everything she’s written so far!!
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This book starts fast, and really doesn’t stop. I guarantee you won’t see the twists coming until they smack you in the face. What I liked about The Better Sister was the dynamic between Chloe and Nicky. Their relationship was strained because of Adam, a man they both were with (yes you read that right). I liked that Burke played with the idea of expectation versus reality. Chloe seemingly lived a perfect life... but not really. Nicki clearly was self-sabotaging her life... or was she? ⁣
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First discovered Burke through her team-ups with "The Queen of Suspense," Mary Higgins Clark.  With Clark as a guide, how could Burke's solo works disappoint? And they don't!
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Alafair Burke is one of the few authors that I can pick up one of his books without knowing anything about the story except that it's an Alafair Burke book so it will be good.  He has taken a very twisted story of two sisters and given us an excellent mystery that will definitely keep you trying to figure out exactly what just happened?  The story takes leaps that have you certain you know who killed the sisters' husband...yes, two sisters, one husband.  I'd read this one all over except I know there has to be another Alafair Burke book out there that I haven't read yet.  Read this book, you will not be sorry.
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3.5 Stars, rounded up

Another domestic mystery/thriller from Alafair Burke (The Wife) that’s full of twists and turns. 
A man is murdered in his East Hampton beach house causing two estranged sisters – the dead man’s wife and his ex-wife –to come together to try and stop their son from going to prison for the murder. That alone is intense! However interesting the premise may be, it fell a little short. I wanted a bigger twist at the end and more about the sisters strained relationship.

Overall, The Better Sister is an okay read but it seems like the book market is being flooded with domestic thrillers (or maybe I’ve just read too many lately).

Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers for providing me with an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to preview this ARC of The Better Sister by Alafair Burke.

Chloe, a feminist author for a well known publication, seems to have everything.  A high powered attorney husband, and teen step son.  Life isn't perfect, but it definitely seems to be on the outside.  But truth surfaces when her husband, Adam, turns up murdered, with everyone looking at her step son, Ethan, as the main suspect.  The real kicker?  Adam was previously married to Chloe's sister, Nicky.  And Nicky is Ethan's biological mother.  

This is a fast paced domestic drama with lots of intrigue.  It's readable, exciting, and the characters are well written.  My only complaint is how overdone it felt at times.  I'm sure that there are cases where people have married their ex-spouse's sibling, but c'mon.  It was a bit messy.
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Chloe found happiness with Adam and his young son, Ethan. To the outside world, they were the picture perfect family of three. But all families have secrets, some of which are hidden in plain sight.

When Chloe finds Adam murdered in their beach house, she is horrified when the police suspect her stepson as the prime suspect. For Ethan, Chloe is forced to reunite with Adam's ex-wife and Ethan's biological mother, who happens to be Chloe's estranged sister, Nicole. Did Ethan kill Adam? Can the ADA prove his case with no weapon? As the secrets unravel, the more tarnished Chloe's world becomes...

Thank you Netgalley, Alafair Burke and Harper Collins for sharing this twisted novel in exchange for a review. I enjoyed this book so much! It was one of those books that was hard to put down. It is filled with twists and turns that leave you breathless until the very end.
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3 ½ stars

Chloe  is a successful editor ,  married to her sister Nicky’s ex-husband Adam, stepmother to her nephew Ethan, and estranged from her sister. Now Nicky and Chloe are forced to come together after Adam is murdered and Ethan is the prime suspect. When  the sisters finally reconnect they are forced to confront their past to prove Ethan’s innocence and secrets come tumbling out 

The Better sister by Alafair Burke is a domestic thriller which starts off strong with Adam’s murder.A little slow in the middle it picks up pace later with the courtroom drama and with some twists and turns in the end , some of which I wasn’t expecting made it an interesting read.

I would like to thank Harper Collins & NetGalley for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest and fair review.
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This is the second book I’ve read by Alafair Burke, and she’s turning out to be a favorite of mine in the domestic thriller/suspense genre. I loved “The Wife” and I’m looking forward to reading “The Ex” which I purchased and is on my to be read list.
I thought the story was unique about two estranged sisters, Chloe the good sister that is an over achiever and college educated. And Nicky, the bad sister that is troubled and has drug and alcohol abuse problems. Both sisters were at one time married to Adam. From the very beginning the story took off with a bang and sucked me right in and kept my attention throughout the book. It was an unusual story line that held my attention. I loved how the author leads you down a path and slowly reveals information as the story unfolded. Including a surprise ending I didn’t see coming. Loaded with drama, including some courtroom drama, which I haven’t read for a long time and really enjoy. Good writing and story. I really liked this book and look forward to future books from this author.
I Highly recommend The Better Sister to anyone who enjoys a good domestic thriller/suspense book. I read this book, and purchased the audible version so when I couldn't read, I could listen to it being read to me. I recommend both versions.
*A very special thank you to HarperCollins via NetGalley for the advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review* I also purchased my own audible version*
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I loved Alafair Burke’s book The Wife, and here she’s written another great domestic thriller. One of the best in this genre of which there are so many.
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Loved the twists in this book! I felt like I was able to guess a few and then a couple took me by surprise. I also enjoyed the multi-faceted two main characters.
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Two sisters reunite when Adam -- current husband of the younger sister and ex-husband of the older sister -- is murdered and his son is accused of the crime. Entertaining enough to read through but nothing special..
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This was an ideal read for my vacation. It was a fast, easy read and the story is engrossing from the first page to the last. It's a family drama, and while I found most of the characters unlikeable, it worked. 

Despite enjoying this read, I must say I take issue to how it addresses domestic violence. It felt glossed over, which was disappointing. It was a major part of the plot yet didn't seem to be taken as seriously as it should have. 

It's worth reading, especially if you like a twisty thriller. 

Many thanks to NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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I really enjoy this authors writing style. The Better Sister is definitely an engrossing yet disturbing domestic thriller. I look forward to reading more by this author, never disappointed.
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Very intriguing beginning, but it somehow lost me a bit along the way. 

This is a decent domestic thriller probably best suited for people who haven't read too many but have an interest. Having read them quite often, some parts were a bit too messy for me. It didn't quite lead up to the synopsis.
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The beginning of this book I was disappointed because it was resembling a book that I had recently dnf'd but thankfully it made a sharp right turn and got a lot better. The reason I didn't like the beginning is because the author, Burke, heavily took from current events, which is fine by itself, but when page after page is the the main character, Claire,  thinking all these thoughts about current events and no actual story building is being done it got to be annoying. What Claire does is an important part of the story but it is not necessary to spend so much time on just building up her character when the author would have been better off building up the relationships that she has with the people around her. We know from the synopsis that Claire's husband, Adam, is murdered but we don't get to see much of their relationship before that happens. Which, if I had a choice in how the author started this book I would much rather they spent their time on Claire and Adam and not Claire and all the amazingness that she has done with her magazine.

Once the story really got going though it was a fantastic thriller. There were a lot of twists and turns and I loved watching the story unfold. If thrillers aren't a favorite genre of yours then you might find some of the plot overdone with all the different reveals. For someone like me, who loves mysteries and thrillers, than this will be a fun adventure for you. 

I also really enjoyed the pacing of this book. This book would jump forward in time at different plot points and I really felt like it kept the book from getting too stale. It also helped it to feel more realistic since everything wasn't happening in the span of a few days. Burke also did a great job of balancing all the drama and different storylines that were happening. We know going into it that their is obviously some drama with Claire and her sister and I liked how their relationship unfolded throughout the story. Going between the drama between them, the mystery of who killed Adam and Claire trying to deal with the police and social media kept me engaged in the story. 

Overall, this was a really well done thriller/mystery and I highly recommend that anyone who enjoys this genre check this book out. If you like Law & Order: SVU I also think that you would like this book. It follows the basic narrative of the episodes where there is a crime, the police investigate and then there is a court case. Also, I know I spent some time talking about how I didn't really like the beginning but the rest of the book more than made up for that.
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This book lured me in with an intriguing premise. When Chloe's finds her husband murdered, and her son is charged with the crime, she must come face to face with his first wife, her own sister, to solve the crime. I expected a page turning physiological thriller and ended up with a slow and steady court drama. It was interesting and well-plotted, but I felt it was missing character development and a mysterious edge. Fans of Mary Higgins Clark, Danielle Steele, and James Patterson may enjoy The Better Sister.
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I very much enjoyed this twisted domestic thriller that kept me wondering whodunit throughout the whole book. I really liked the pacing and the suspense and I look forward to reading the next book by this author.
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Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Collins for an advance read of this novel.  I love Alafair Burke, and this was no exception.  This one was particularly sad, in a way, because it involved sisters, their bond, and how it can sometimes be broken.  When it comes down to life or death, they reunite to save "their" son, accused of the murder of his father.  Chloe has been writing about the #metoo movement, but she hides a secret that could change everything.
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