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THE BETTER SISTER: In stores now

Alafair’s new novel, The Better Sister, is in stores NOW!

The murder of a prominent Manhattan lawyer spurs the reunion of two estranged sisters—one the dead man’s widow, the other his ex. To save the teenage boy accused of murdering him, they must confront a history of long-buried secrets and betrayal. But can sisters ever escape the shadows of their past?

Get your copy of THE BETTER SISTER now.

Take a look at what early readers are saying:
  • “You’ll kill this one fast and be glad you did!” —Kirkus Reviews
  • “Mesmerizing…Burke paints a poignant portrait of sisterhood and sacrifice with this twist-riddled, character-driven whodunit.” —Publishers Weekly
  • “Burke brings her A-game [to] this powerful family drama that packs a major twist and an ending that’ll leave readers stunned.” —The Real Book Spy
  • “Sure to be one of the year’s most celebrated suspense novels…Burke brings readers into an enticing world and then shatters them with one startling revelation after another, always keeping a firm grip on the suspense and packing each sentence full with feeling.” —CrimeReads
  • “Boasting Burke’s trademark blend of everywoman investigations mixed with courtroom drama, this twisty thriller is destined to become a vacation-reading favorite.” —Booklist
  • A Must-Read Book of 2019 at Popsugar
  • A Most Anticipated Crime Book of 2019 at CrimeReads and Bookbub

Check out the events calendar to see Alafair on the road!

New Books!

Three New Books!

THE WIFE is now out in paperback in both the US and UK.  Hardbacks can still be found, and of course audio and e-book versions are available with a couple of taps!

Angela Powell’s seemingly perfect life is rocked when her high-profile husband is accused of sexual misconduct.  She can save him or save herself, but not both.

Learn more about THE WIFE here.



New in stores for the first time is YOU DON’T OWN ME, co-authored by Alafair and Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark.  In this latest entry in the beloved New York Times bestselling series, television producer Laurie Moran and her team investigate the unsolved cold case of a celebrity physician.  Learn more about YOU DON’T OWN ME here.








And, last but not least, for those of you who love to plan ahead: THE BETTER SISTER will be out on April 16, 2019.  Get a sneak peek, including an image of the book jacket, here.

Happy reading!


Thank you, thank you, thank you all for supporting my new book, THE WIFE. I’ve gotten so many incredible notes from you in response to this book, and I can’t wait to continue hearing your reactions to Angela, Jason, and their layered, scandal-prone lives. Keep reading!

Breaking News: THE WIFE, the movie

THE WIFE will be adapted as a major motion picture by Amazon Studios.  I’m thrilled to report that I’ll be writing the screenplay!

Some great new reviews are in: 

THE WIFE is an Enterntainment Weekly MUST-LIST pick and a Best New Thriller by Washington Post Books.

“The stress of a marriage under siege comes breathtakingly alive as Burke’s twisty plot unspools… The Wife is a timely and triumphant thriller from a writer at the absolute top of her game.” – Strand Magazine

“A truly superior plot…labyrinthine and subtly layered [and] timed to perfection.” Thriller Books Journal

“Fresh and timely. … The issue of sexual harassment and assault gets a new spin in Alafair Burke’s gripping new novel, The Wife.” – Associated Press

“[Burke is] one of the more subtle suspense writers around. This has all the makings of a standout novel.” – LitHub

“[Burke] brings authenticity to the legal intricacies of the plot. And she’s skilled at keeping the surprises accelerating, right to the last line.” – Tampa Bay Times

“Alafair Burke has been one of our finest suspense novelists for some time now, but in The Wife she takes new risks, and the result is her best novel yet.” – CT News

“Twisty and schemey…. Burke knows what she’s doing.” – Seattle Times

“Timely…Burke delivers an addictive and emotionally complex thriller that explores resonant contemporary issues like family life, social media, celebrity obsession and sex crime with her trademark forensic eye and powerful psychological insight. THE WIFE is domestic noir at its very best… this sizzling, simmering, serpentine thriller sees the former prosecutor turned acclaimed author on her very best form… the dénouement is a corker. A delicious treat for all crime fiction fans.” Lancashire Evening Post

“THE WIFE portrays in spellbinding suspense a story that peels away the layers of the complex characters involved in a sexual scandal, and keeps the pages turning to its shattering climax.” – BookReporter

I also discussed #metoo and killer endings with Book Page, did an interview Crimespree Magazine, had a radio chat with Capital Radio in Sacramento, and wrote short pieces about THE WIFE for Bookanista and Crime Time.

And if you are already looking for your next read, Female First asked me to list some of my favorite domestic thrillers

THE WIFE is out in the UK, where it has a very different cover. What do you think?

I’ve been across the country and back since pub-date, sharing and signing and talking all about THE WIFE. Here are some pics from the road:

Signing at Murder by the Book in Houston

NYC’s Upper East Side Barnes & Noble event! I was in conversation with the intelligent and generous Megan Abbott (and joined by supportive author friends, Lee Child and Chris Pavone).

Capital Public Radio’s Authors on Stage series in Sacramento!



















THE WIFE is finally here, both in the United States and the UK. I can’t WAIT for you to read this book. I think it’s going to be one of those stories you’ll want to talk about when you’re finished (and here are the book club questions to prove it).

Named a best of the month book pick by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Entertainment Weekly, and Oprah, THE WIFE is the story of Angela Powell, a woman whose marriage is flung under the limelight when two women level troubling accusations of sexual violence against her husband, Jason. Angela faces an impossible choice: if she stands beside him, she is one of those women who commits the unforgivable crime of not supporting other women. If she decides to leave him, she risks the implosion of her own carefully curated life.

If you need a 2nd, 3rd, or 8th opinion, you can listen to these folks:

“Written by a former prosecutor with a genius for plot, this thrill ride of a novel takes a hard look at loyalty and the violence a secret can cause—especially when that secret involves a revered public figure accused of rape.” —O, the Oprah Magazine

“This might be the most gripping, insightful work from the best-selling author Alafair Burke yet. She poses a seemingly impossible, if undeniably compelling, challenge: a woman must either save her life or defend her husband, but not both.” Entertainment Weekly

“Alafair Burke has become a virtuoso of this popular subgenre in the mystery, one forged on the tropes of Hitchcock’s “Suspicion” and “Notorious,” where marriages are suspect and spouses are suspicious.  . . . Burke is a smart and entertaining writer, and her novels frequently capture the zeitgeist of our times in perceptive and page-turning ways (sexual harassment is at core of this one).” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

If you liked Gone Girl, Girl on the Train (don’t get me started on books with GIRL in the title; they’re WOMEN!!!), Burke has become a virtuoso of this popular subgenre in the mystery (untrustworthy narrators and suspicious marriages) . . .  Burke is a smart and entertaining writer. You’ll get sucked into this one.” —The Milwaukee Sentinel Journal

“Burke’s knowledge of criminal law and police procedures shines in this tangled plot with an unreliable narrator. Is anyone whom they seem to be?  Verdict: Edgar-nominated Burke (The Ex) has written a timely, riveting, and deeply resonant psychological suspense novel focused on sexual harassment and varying degrees of assault in both domestic and workplace settings. Fans of Linda Fairstein will devour this.” —Library Journal

“With plot twists and turns to the very end, this is a tantalizing follow-up to The Ex that will keep pages turning.” —Booklist

“[A] page-turner…. Classic domestic-thriller elements—the too-perfect couple, the unreliable narrator, the troubled past—are given a good workout in this satisfying round of ‘Who’s the Psycho?’” —Kirkus Reviews

“[A] roller-coaster of a domestic thriller.” —Publishers Weekly

“In a year in which readers are anticipating new crime fiction from many of the genre’s greatest practitioners, Alafair Burke has already thrown down the gauntlet with The Wife. This is the first truly great novel of 2018; a veritable instant classic.” —Bolo Book Reviews

“Really solid story telling. Revelations are well paced and I really didn’t guess the ending until nearly there. Excellent thriller. The author paced the story perfectly, revealing secrets and possible explanations with perfect timing. I read this over two days. It was very unexpected with twists and turns in the plot that had me guessing.” —A Musing Reviews

“Taking one from the headlines, Alafair weaves a tale of suspense that takes you beyond simply the accused, but how that one betrayal takes you down a road where if you step on the brakes, your life spins out of control.  .. . . This is one of the best book and my favorite of 2018 and I can’t wait to see where Alafair takes us next.” —Dru’s Book Musings

“A subtly sneaky, emotionally complex, and utterly addictive novel of psychological suspense, The Wife delivers on all fronts. Burke always comes through with twisty plots and strong female characters, but she’s at the top of her game here.” —Lisa Scottoline, author of Exposed

“An intriguing, twisty psychological thriller, The Wife had me tearing through the pages, never sure which characters to trust. Smart, suspenseful, and absolutely riveting.” Megan Miranda, author of All the Missing Girls

“Alafair Burke always delivers. The Wife is a timely, gracefully written exploration of family, crime, and the current media-soaked, celebrity-obsessed, smartphone-crazed moment. Highly recommended.” —William Landay, author of Defending Jacob

A New Short Story, Essay, and More!

If you’re looking for some short reads, I’ve got some for you.

y450-293For e-book fans: My short e-story WAKING KYLIE is available now, and features an exclusive excerpt from THE WIFE. After losing a criminal case, a prosecutor is forced to ask herself how far she’s willing to go to protect the young girl whose future hangs in the balance. Included is a cameo from a Portland prosecutor, whom some of you may recognize.

For some online, holiday-themed reading: In the holiday spirit, the nice people at asked me to kick off their Holiday Author series. I wrote about spending time with my mother and a special present from my father. I hope you enjoy it!

In other news, EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE is available on bookshelves nationwide. Thank you for making it a bestseller on numerous lists, including the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal.

Mark your calendars for the release of THE WIFE,  January 23!
When two women level troubling accusations of sexual misconduct against renowned economist and public intellectual, Jason Powell, his wife, Angela, is torn between defending her husband and saving herself. As Jason’s life unravels, Angela is faced with an impossible choice: will she stand by her husband at the risk of exposing a dark and secretive past?

I am so eager to share this story with you, especially in light of the current wave of sexual assault allegations. You can learn more about THE WIFE and pre-order here


EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE, the fourth book in the Under Suspicion series, is now available!

Sharing this series with Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark has been an honor and a blast as a writer, and this book is especially close to my heart. Laurie Moran and her Under Suspicion team are investigating the unsolved Met Gala murder—in which a wealthy widow was pushed to her death from the Met’s rooftop during its star-studded party of the year.

As some of you know, my husband works at the Met, so you might find a fun Easter egg or two waiting on the pages.

THE WIFE is up next, on shelves January 23 in the US.  Learn more about THE WIFE here.


Two New Books

I’ll have two new books in stores before you know it.

THE WIFE, out January 23 in the US, is about a wife torn between defending her husband and saving herself after two women level troubling accusations against her husband.  As you read, you might be reminded of other wives thrown under the harsh glare of a spotlight because of their husband’s scandals, but Angela Powell has an especially powerful motive to protect her husband, Jason, a brilliant economist and cultural lightning rod.  For Angela, marriage was a chance to start a new life.  Her loyalty threatens to unearth a tragic past that she has tried desperately to bury.

In the meantime, EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE, the fourth book in the Under Suspicion series, will be out November 7.  Sharing this series with Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark has been an honor and a blast as a writer, and this book is especially close to my heart.  Laurie Moran and her Under Suspicion team are investigating the unsolved Met Gala murder—in which a wealthy widow was pushed to her death from Met’s rooftop during its star-studded party of the year.  As some of you know, my husband works at the Met, so you might find a fun Easter egg or two waiting on the pages.

I hope you’ll allow both Angela and Laurie to keep you company this fall and winter.  You can learn more about the books, and pre-order, here (The Wife) and here (Every Breath You Take).

THE EX is an Edgar Award Nominee for Best Novel

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I am beyond thrilled that THE EX has been nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel. The Edgar Award, named for Edgar Allan Poe, is awarded by The Mystery Writers of America to honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theater.  This is especially delicious news, because so many of my talented, supportive friends are also nominated this year.

Winners will be announced on April 26 at a banquet in New York City. That’s going to be quite the party!

You can see the full list of nominees here.

In other EX-related news, THE EX was also named a Best Book of 2016 by the Boston Globe and a biggest thriller of 2016 by Book Bub.

And the New England Law Review selected THE EX to serve as its centerpiece for an upcoming symposium, “The Novelization of the Criminal Justice System and its Effect on Pop Culture.” Open to public, Feb 9, 4-6 pm, 154 Stuart St, Boston, Mass.


Finally, THE EX will be out in paperback on January 31!  Find links to order in the format of your choice here.