Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Review: The Wives - Tarryn Fisher

The Wives
by Tarryn Fisher 
Published: December 30, 2019 by Graydon House
Genre: Suspense, Mystery Thriller

New York Times bestselling author Tarryn Fisher delivers a pulse-pounding, fast-paced suspense novel that will leave you breathless. A thriller you won’t be able to put down!

Thursday’s husband, Seth, has two other wives. She’s never met them, and she doesn’t know anything about them. She agreed to this unusual arrangement because she’s so crazy about him.

But one day, she finds something. Something that tells a very different—and horrifying—story about the man she married.

What follows is one of the most twisted, shocking thrillers you’ll ever read.

You’ll have to grab a copy to find out why.

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5 Stars
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday are Seth's wives. Thursday has never met the others, but she is okay with the arrangement, at least she believes she is. She keeps house in Seattle, she cooks him dinner, she is his easy wife. The other two make their homes in Portland, a place Thursday has never been too concerned with visiting until she finds a note in her husband's pocket with the name Hannah and an appointment time on it. Soon she is curious about the others and in her explorations she finds Hannah and in her she finds a friend. Hannah's husband leaves bruises on her, but Thursday's husband doesn't do that to her. Thursday wants to help Hannah, she wants to know this other version of her husband, and she desperately wants to know who the third wife is.

This is one of those books that I recommend to my friends by saying "it's just so messed up," but instead of messed I use the F-word. I mean come on, what would you do if you are just one of three wives? What would you do if you had the opportunity to snoop on the other woman or women in this case? If you believed in something so fiercely, would you be willing to risk it all? I have grown up around several people who have left the polygamist lifestyle, so my interest in this book started there. In this case though, the husband keeps his three wives separate, going so far as to call them by the days of the week in which he visits them, rather than by their real names. The Wives isn't about their peaceful lives though, it wouldn't be a Tarryn Fisher novel if that was the case. No, much like the proverb, curiosity killed the cat, Thursday is out to find out all she can about the man she thought she knew, the man now willing to take it all away from her.

My first clue that Thursday would be an unreliable narrator was her willingness to believe everything was fine, her acceptance of the idea that the other women were less desirable than her, the way she tamped down any questions and convinced herself that despite him taking another wife after her, she still was his favorite. She becomes a detective, a Nancy Drew type character. Her sleuthing is entertaining, so much so that as Tarryn Fishers dropped hints about what was truly going on I absolutely missed them. As the novel takes a dark turn I found myself shocked to find that this novel wasn't at all what I thought it was going to be. A psychological thriller through and through, The Wives takes you on a twisted journey into the mind of one wife and the things she is willing to do to both know her husband and to keep him.

I could not put The Wives down, once I started I didn't stop until 5 hours later I had reached the last page. Then...then I could do nothing. I could not formulate a thought on the novel beyond what the eff did I just read?! It's the kind of book you have a hard time believing and yet you want to read it again. It is terrifying, it is brilliant, and it is solid 5-star release from Tarryn Fisher, her very first with a publisher.

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