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'The Wife' book review: Alafair Burke weaves plausible domestic thriller

'The Wife' book review: Alafair Burke weaves plausible domestic thriller

‘The Wife” (Harper) by Alafair Burke

The issue of sexual harassment and assault — the staple of many a news feed this year — gets a new spin in Alafair Burke’s gripping standalone novel “The Wife.” With a fine eye for believable characters and what motivates people, Burke sculpts a solid domestic thriller as fresh as it is timely.

Angela Powell is “The Wife,” living a pampered, predictable life, married to the highly respected economics professor and best-selling author, Jason, and the mother of 13-year-old Spencer. Her life revolves around carefully planned routines and household rules. A methodical life gives Angela a sense of control and peace that she...

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