The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
Published by Graydon House on December 30, 2019
Genre(s): fiction, suspense, thriller
Format & Length: hardcover, 320
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Imagine that your husband has two other wives.
You’ve never met the other wives. None of you know each other, and because of this unconventional arrangement, you can see your husband only one day a week. But you love him so much you don’t care. Or at least that’s what you’ve told yourself.
But one day, while you’re doing laundry, you find a scrap of paper in his pocket—an appointment reminder for a woman named Hannah, and you just know it’s another of the wives.
You thought you were fine with your arrangement, but you can’t help yourself: you track her down, and, under false pretenses, you strike up a friendship. Hannah has no idea who you really are. Then, Hannah starts showing up to your coffee dates with telltale bruises, and you realize she’s being abused by her husband. Who, of course, is also your husband. But you’ve never known him to be violent, ever.
Who exactly is your husband, and how far would you go to find the truth? Would you risk your own life?
And who is his mysterious third wife?
The Wives is a psychological thriller/suspense novel that has seen a lot of hype recently. And I can see where that hype is coming from. But for me, this was a bit of a mixed bag.
“Can we really know anyone?”
The premise here is an intriguing one. Thursday and her husband Seth have a unique arrangement. Seth is married to two other women, and they each only see him one day a week. When Thursday discovers a secret about Seth, she wonders if she really knows her husband at all and sets off to uncover the truth.
With strong writing from page one, I had high hopes that The Wives would deliver the fast paced thriller I was in the mood for. It certainly delivered a fast pace; this was so compulsively readable I finished it in practically one sitting. I simply couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. But I was disappointed as the story it told was different than the one I wanted to read. And it relied strongly on certain tropes, resolving in a manner that didn’t quite sit right for me.
The Wives wasn’t one of my favorite books but it was highly entertaining and I’m curious to check out other books by the author now. Readers looking for a psychological thriller may find this to their taste.