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The Ex    by Alafair Burke order for
by Alafair Burke
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Harper, 2016 (2016)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Kirkus Reviews says The Ex 'features smooth, engaging writing; a sharp funny edge; and characters worth investing in.' For what it's worth, I totally agree. The author, Alafair Burke, is an accomplished writer with many books to her credit.

Olivia Randall, a defense attorney in New York City, receives a call from her ex-fiance's daughter, informing her that the latter's father is the prime suspect in a triple murder. Out of a two decades feeling of guilt toward Jack Harris, Olivia agrees to help him. Besides, he is innocent, right? She believes the case against him is a frame-up.

The least Olivia can do is help him and at the same time relieve herself of the debt she feels she owes him for her behavior when they broke up. She feels obligated. As evidence against him builds, she begins to think that maybe this is not the man she thought he was. Has her guilt over her own shortcomings blinded her to a man capable of three murders?

The plot is convoluted, deliciously so. Burke brings a life into her story so that the reader feels a part of the scenario. And Olivia is an engaging character whom I hope readers will be able to follow in future books.

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