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The Better Sister by Alafair Burke
Narrator: Sophie Amoss, Samantha Desz, Mike Chamberlain
Published by HarperAudio on April 16, 2019
Length: 9 hours, 24 minutes
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From Alafair Burke - New York Times best-selling author of the runaway hit The Wife - comes another twisty tale of domestic noir. When a prominent Manhattan lawyer is murdered, two estranged sisters - one the dead man’s widow, the other his ex - must set aside mistrust and old resentments...but can they escape their past?
Though Chloe was the younger of the two Taylor sisters, she always seemed to be in charge. She was the honor-roll student with big dreams and an even bigger work ethic. Nicky was always restless...and more than a little reckless - the opposite of her ambitious little sister. She floated from job to job and man to man and stayed close to home in Cleveland.
For a while, it seemed like both sisters had found happiness. Chloe earned a scholarship to an Ivy League school and moved to New York City, where she landed a coveted publishing job. Nicky married promising young attorney Adam Macintosh and gave birth to a baby boy they named Ethan. The Taylor sisters became virtual strangers.
Now, more than 15 years later, their lives are drastically different - and Chloe is married to Adam. When he’s murdered by an intruder at the couple’s East Hampton beach house, Chloe reluctantly allows her teenaged stepson’s biological mother - her estranged sister, Nicky - back into her life. But when the police begin to treat Ethan as a suspect in his father’s death, the two sisters are forced to unite...and to confront the truth behind family secrets they have tried to bury in the past.
I saw someone else review The Better Sister and had to have it. The author apparently has two successful series I need to read, but this is a standalone. The genre is one I really love. The plot twists and turns blew my mind.
The story is primarily told from Chloe’s point of view, so I was sympathetic to her. It was easy to think right away yes, she is the better sister. Later, we do get some viewpoints from Nicky and Ethan. I enjoyed those to have more perspective. The world and characters are slowly built like with each blow widening my eyes in surprise.
The aspects of business, law, publishing and family dynamics are all nicely layered details making an intriguing tale. Everyone has their flaws, their petty emotions and they are all human and imperfect. While there were many shocks, and unexpected turns, I loved the progression and the ending.
These narrators were new to me. I felt they were all comfortable in the voices for me and their performances improved my experience. Each point of view had more stream of thoughts than dialogue so the other voices were somewhat limited. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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