The Ex by Alafair is the latest novel by the New York Times Bestselling author. Publisher: HarperCollins, February 2016
Twenty years ago she ruined his life. Now she has the chance to save it.
Widower Jack Harris has resisted the dating scene ever since the shooting of his wife Molly by a fifteen-year-old boy three years ago. An early morning run along the Hudson River changes that when he spots a woman in last night’s party dress, barefoot, enjoying a champagne picnic alone, reading his favorite novel. Everything about her reminds him of what he used to have with Molly. Eager to help Jack find love again, his best friend posts a message on a popular website after he mentions the encounter. Days later, that same beautiful stranger responds and invites Jack to meet her in person at the waterfront. That’s when Jack’s world falls apart.
Olivia Randall is one of New York City’s best criminal defense lawyers. When she hears that her former fiancé, Jack Harris, has been arrested for a triple homicide—and that one of the victims was connected to his wife’s murder—there is no doubt in her mind as to his innocence. The only question is who would go to such great lengths to frame him—and why?
For Olivia, representing Jack is a way to make up for past regrets, to absolve herself of guilt from a tragic decision, a secret she has held for twenty years. But as the evidence against him mounts, she is forced to confront her doubts. The man she knew could not have done this. But what if she never really knew him?
Oh how this story pulled me in immediately quickly putting me in a page turning frenzy as I had to know what happened next. A phone call is how this start and the author runs with it taking me on a thrilling roller coaster ride that I did not want to get off. The set-up in this fast-paced drama contained many diversions, purposely created by the author, to keep me reading, even missing a subway stop or two. Did he do it? That’s Olivia’s mission to uncover in this suspenseful and intriguing tale that when it was all said and done, it’s the culmination of the skillful way in how this was presented and the twists and turns that delivered an engaging and gripping read.