The Better Sister

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From Alafair Burke—New York Times bestselling author of the runaway hit, The Wife—comes another twisty tale of domestic noir. When a prominent Manhattan lawyer is murdered, two estranged sisters—one the dead man’s widow, the other his ex—must set aside mistrust and old resentments . . . but can they escape their past?

Though Chloe was the younger of the two Taylor sisters, she always seemed to be in charge. She was the honor roll student with big dreams and an even bigger work ethic. Nicky was always restless . . . and more than a little reckless—the opposite of her ambitious little sister. She floated from job to job and man to man, and stayed close to home in Cleveland.

For a while, it seemed like both sisters had found happiness. Chloe earned a scholarship to an Ivy League school and moved to New York City, where she landed a coveted publishing job. Nicky married promising young attorney Adam Macintosh, and gave birth to a baby boy they named Ethan. The Taylor sisters became virtual strangers.

Now, more than fifteen years later, their lives are drastically different—and Chloe is married to Adam. When he’s murdered by an intruder at the couple’s East Hampton beach house, Chloe reluctantly allows her teenaged stepson’s biological mother—her estranged sister, Nicky—back into her life. But when the police begin to treat Ethan as a suspect in his father’s death, the two sisters are forced to unite . . . and to confront the truth behind family secrets they have tried to bury in the past.

Early Praise for The Better Sister

  • A Best of the Month Pick at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
  • “Psychological suspense master Burke traces the uneasy relationship between two sisters and how it’s tested in the wake of a grisly murder. Burke’s fans will be satisfied.” —Entertainment Weekly (a best of the month pick)
  • “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
  • “Alafair Burke’s name on on the cover always guarantees a stellar read, and this novel is no exception… The realistic family relationships carries this story to great heights and wonderful surprises.” —Associated Press
  • “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