Friday, March 11, 2016

(25)The Ex by Alafair Burke


Olivia Randall's day is just like any other day until she gets a phone call from a girl begging for help.  Sixteen year old Molly Harris just watched her father being loaded into a police car.  Molly Harris knows that Olivia Randall is a successful defense lawyer and she knows that Olivia Randall is her father's ex-fiance from their college days.    Olivia Randall is shocked to hear the name of Jack Harris.  Not only did Olivia destroy Jack's life all those years ago, but Jack is somewhat of a New York Hero because his wife was killed in a mass shooting at Penn Station.  Now Jack is being accused of shooting three people, including the father of the man who killed his wife.  Jack's case is not one that she would usually take, but she has serious sense of guilt over their past and will do anything to get Jack acquitted of murder.  But the more digging Olivia does into Jack and the years since they were together, the more Olivia discovers that maybe she never really did know Jack Harris.  But did he really kill three people in an effort to get revenge?

The Ex is a fast paced suspense thriller.  Neither Olivia nor Jack are perfect people.  In fact, they are both deeply flawed.  Olivia maybe more so than Jack. She was a bit difficult to even like through out most of the book, which made Jack a very sympathetic character.   But her guilt over the past is keeping her from acknowledging the fact that maybe, just maybe, Jack Harris is a murderer.  I did have the "twist" figured out about three-quarters of the way through the book, but I wasn't sure if I was right.  I may or may not have yelled "I knew it!!" when revealed.

Bottom line - The Ex is one of those books that will suck you in and keep you trapped in it's pages and then spit you out two hours later leaving you speechless.  A fabulous read for someone looking for a good mystery to keep their brain busy.

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