The Better Sister by Alafair Burke

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Traveling With T purchased this book for her own pleasure reading.

The Better Sister

Summary: 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.

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

Who else had this baby pre-ordered like basically from the minute that you could pre-order?! Just me. It’s no secret that I am a BIG. HUGE. Alafair Burke fan. I just find her books to be so good. And I’m pretty sure I’ve read them all (Ellie Hatcher series, standalones, the ones with Mary Higgins Clark).

My still hands down fave book of hers is The Ex. I love it. Love the ending! You gotta read it!

But on to more about The Better Sister!


What I liked:

The cover. LOVE.

The relationship between the sisters. You know a lot of books try to portray sister relationships as happy, spend the night parties, do my hair, love my sister to death kind of relationships. And you know that is cool. Because the world needs some happy. But sometimes I like it when an author shows the other side of sister relationships- because some sisters don’t get along and it’s ok to go there in fiction!

Olivia. She’s badass, kick-ass, and all around a character that is GREAT.


Bottom line: The Better Sister is very readable and enjoyable. It does not have the twists of The Ex, but I still recommend the you read this book!


*Traveling With T purchased this for her own pleasure reading. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*


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Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T



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