The Wife by Alafair Burke
It seems like there has been a recent glut of “wife” books in the psychological thriller genre, but for this reader, that is not such a bad thing. Last weekend I cruised through The Wife, the latest novel by Alafair Burke. Burke, the author of twelve other novels, is a graduate of Stanford Law and currently a professor of law at Hofstra. Her legal experience and expertise are definitely valuable to her story line.
Angela meets Jason, an NYU economics professor, while catering a party in East Hampton. There is an attraction, and Angela finds Jason is just what she and her young son need. (Genre tip: these fellows are always billed as too good to be true, so suspect some lies!) Six years later, they are married and living in Manhattan; Jason has become a superstar in the field of economics. Angela and her son want for nothing. When an intern accuses Jason of sexual harassment and a former employee comes forward with her story, the public scrutiny threatens to reveal a past Angela hoped to keep secret, forcing her to choose between her privacy and her husband’s freedom, which goes hand in hand with her current lifestyle.
I found The Wife compulsively readable and entertaining. Great plot, fast pace, somewhat unreliable narrator which took a few chapters for me to suspect, and a satisfying wrap up at the end. Worth the read.