Publishing executive Chloe Taylor has the perfect life in Alafair Burke’s new stand alone thriller, The Better Sister. Chloe’s career is on an upward trajectory, her husband, Adam, is a successful attorney and their son, Ethan, is thriving as a high school student. Splitting their time between New York City and their second home on Long Island, the family is the envy of all their friends. But, the truth behind the facade tells a very different tale.
In reality, Chloe has had a strained relationship with her family for decades, especially her sister, Nicky, with whom she has been estranged since Ethan was a toddler. Nicky has long struggled with jumping from men to men and job to job and has continued to make bad choice after bad choice. Most who know Chloe and Adam would be shocked to learn that Adam was married to Nicky years ago and she is actually Ethan’s biological mother.
Shockingly, Adam is found dead in the family’s Long Island home, the victim of a burglary gone wrong. Or was the attack more personal and the burglary just a cover? When police believe the culprit may be someone within the family, the sisters put their past differences aside and come together. The sisters must face their current troubles by revealing and acknowledging the deceptions in the past.
The Better Sister is a highly recommended read and is another thrill ride from Alafair Burke. It would appeal to readers of Ruth Ware, Clare Mackintosh, Gillian Flynn or Laura Lippman.