The Ex: A Novel - Alafair Burke

Olivia Randall is one of New York City’s best criminal defense lawyers. When she gets a call about her ex-fiancé, Jack Harris, being arrested for a triple homicide, she knows two things: 1. He didn't do it, and 2. This is her chance to make it up to him.


Jack Harris is a widow. He hasn't been interested in women since his wife was shot and killed three years ago. But on his early morning run along the Hudson River he spots a beautiful woman in last night's party dress, barefoot, drinking champagne out of a bottle and reading his favourite book. He tells his good friend Charlotte about the sighting and she immediately puts up a "missed moment" post on her popular website. Days later the beautiful woman responds to the "missed moment" post, gets in touch with Jack and invites him to meet her in person at the waterfront.. where a triple murder takes place at the same time they were scheduled to meet.


I thought this book was clever. It's full of twists and turns that kept me guessing. I was convinced Jack was innocent one minute and then I was convinced he was guilty the next - this went on throughout the whole book. It was well-written, not too bogged down with legal terms. The ending wasn't quite what I wanted it to be, but it's still a five star read.