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The Better Sister

Alafair Burke

The Better Sister is a sublime novel of suspense, from an emerging master of the form – I betrayed my sister while standing on the main stairs of the Metropolitan museum in a beaded Versace gown…

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Bestselling author of The Ex and The Wife
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Keep your enemies close and your sister closer…

For a while, it seemed like both Taylor sisters had found happiness. Chloe landed a coveted publishing job in New York City. Nicky got married to a promising young attorney named Adam McIntosh and became a mother to a baby boy named Ethan.

But now, fourteen years later, it is Chloe who is married to Adam. When he is murdered at the couple’s beach house, she has no choice but to welcome her estranged sister – her teenage stepson’s biological mother – back into her life. When the police begin to treat Ethan as a suspect, the sisters are forced to confront the truth behind family secrets they both tried to leave behind in order to protect the boy they love, whatever the cost.

Critic Reviews

Another classy slice of psychological drama from Alafair Burke.

Alison Flood, Observer
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A highly accomplished and absorbing blend of psychological and courtroom thriller.

Sunday Times
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A woman marrying her older sister’s ex-husband is a pretty neat set-up for any story. Chuck in the murder of said husband and the stepson emerging as a suspect and you have a cracker of a plot… Burke’s portrayal of the complex relationship between the two siblings, with their shared secrets but very different outlooks, that makes this book such a compelling read.

Daily Mail
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[An] interesting cross between domestic noir and legal thriller… Burke handles the secrets and revelations well and keeps the tension high until the last page.

Literary Review
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You know just from the title that this is going to be a winner; you also know it’s a 'must read' from the simple fact that Alafair Burke is the author... From word one, Burke has created a nonstop thriller fest.,

Suspense Magazine
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This twisting domestic thriller shows that Burke is now a mistress of the genre and particularly adept with sibling relationships and the strange tensions they trail in their wake… a fast and rewarding read.

Crime Time

Alafair Burke is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels include the standalone thrillers The Wife, The Ex and The Better Sister, as well as All Day and a Night and Dead Connection from her Ellie Hatcher series. She is also the coauthor of the bestselling Under Suspicion series with the late Mary Higgins Clark. A former prosecutor, she…

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