Book Review: The Ex by Alafair Burke


Title: The Ex

Author: Alafair Burke

Publication Date: January 26, 2016

Number of Pages: 384

Publisher: Faber Faber

Format: Paperback

Genre: Crime, Legal Thriller


Twenty years ago she ruined his life. Now she has the chance to save it.

Widower Jack Harris has resisted the dating scene ever since the shooting of his wife Molly by a fifteen-year-old boy three years ago. An early morning run along the Hudson River changes that when he spots a woman in last night’s party dress, barefoot, enjoying a champagne picnic alone, reading his favorite novel. Everything about her reminds him of what he used to have with Molly. Eager to help Jack find love again, his best friend posts a message on a popular website after he mentions the encounter. Days later, that same beautiful stranger responds and invites Jack to meet her in person at the waterfront. That’s when Jack’s world falls apart.

Olivia Randall is one of New York City’s best criminal defense lawyers. When she hears that her former fiancé, Jack Harris, has been arrested for a triple homicide—and that one of the victims was connected to his wife’s murder—there is no doubt in her mind as to his innocence. The only question is who would go to such great lengths to frame him—and why?

For Olivia, representing Jack is a way to make up for past regrets, to absolve herself of guilt from a tragic decision, a secret she has held for twenty years. But as the evidence against him mounts, she is forced to confront her doubts. The man she knew could not have done this. But what if she never really knew him?

Personal Thoughts:

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐💫 (3.5)
In this novel we follow Olivia Randall, a well-know criminal defence lawyer in New York City, as she uncovers the truth behind her ex-fiancé, Jack Harris’, case. Jack is arrested for committing triple homicide, and despite their past, Olivia is 100% sure that Jack is innocent and she is willing to do everything to find out who framed him.

It was my first time reading a book by this author and I had a fun reading experience. I think this book helped me realize that I enjoy reading books that include some legal stuff in it. I used to think that it was quite boring to read such novels, but this one was quite interesting. I think I figured out what will happen at the last quarter of the book, but it was still enjoyable. The character’s back stories were solid and heartbreaking at some point. I liked how the story ended, especially with how Olivia’s life turned out to be at the end.

What I didn’t enjoy about the book was the long chapters which took me quite some getting used to. Which brings me to mention that I would like to recommend the audiobook for this! It helped me past the long chapters easily.


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