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The Wives: A Novel by Tarryn Fisher

The Wives: A Novel (edition 2019)

by Tarryn Fisher (Author)

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She's never met the other wives. None of them know each other, and because of this unconventional arrangement, she can see her husband only one day a week. But she loves him so much she doesn't care. Or at least that's what she told herself. But one day, while she's doing laundry, she finds a scrap of paper in his pocket, an appointment reminder for a woman named Hannah, and she knows it's another of the wives. She thought she was fine with her arrangement, but she can't help herself: she tracked her down, and, under false pretenses, she strikes up a friendship. Hannah has no idea who she is. Then, Hannah starts showing up to her coffee dates with telltale bruises, and she realizes she's being abused by her husband. Who, of course, is also her husband. But shes never known him to be violent, ever. Who exactly is her husband, and how far would she go to find the truth? Would she risk her own life? And who is his mysterious third wife?… (more)
Title:The Wives: A Novel
Authors:Tarryn Fisher (Author)
Info:Graydon House (2019), Edition: Original, 336 pages
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Mostly guessed right, definitely was second guessing myself throughout ( )
  jimifenway | Feb 11, 2020 |
One man, three wives, none of whom originally know each other. As the book progresses, the main character is obsessed with learning about the other women. She asks her husband leading questions. She is known as Thursday, the day which the husband sets aside for her.

She dotes on him. She makes wonderful meals for him. The relationship begins to falter when she looses a baby she is carrying. She is able to track down the other women, and have conversations with them.

As the complicated relationships continue to lead Ms. Thursday to want to learn more, her husband learns of her duplicity, and becomes physically abusive. She learns that he also is physically harming the others as well.

As the plot thickens, her relationship with her husband continues to spiral downward, and the husband has her committed to an institution. Is she really "crazy?"

Because the ending seems to be convoluted, I didn't particularly like this book. ( )
  Whisper1 | Feb 5, 2020 |
This psychological thriller is about a woman who is in a polygamist marriage and who ultimately decides to track down her husband's other two wives. I had little sympathy for the character because I questioned why she would stay if she wasn't happy. But the book kept me turning pages as the plot twisted and turned eventually coming to an ending that was not entirely surprising. ( )
  Jane-Phillips | Feb 5, 2020 |
4.5 stars.

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher is a fiendishly clever domestic mystery.

Thursday is one of Seth's three wives who only sees her husband once a week. She is mostly content with their arrangement when she happens across the identity of one of his other wives. Thursday cannot let the discovery go and she begins extensive research into Hannah. Unable to stop herself, she begins meeting with her and becomes convinced Hannah is in danger. Thursday then starts searching for information about Seth's other wife, Regina, but before she meets her, a confrontation with Seth goes shockingly wrong. Confused, upset and hurt, Thursday won't stop until she unearths the truth about her husband and his other wives.

Thursday is a nurse who arranges her entire life around her once a week tryst with Seth. She is not overly close with her family and her best friend, Anna, has recently moved out of state. Thursday has no other friends and her dissatisfaction with her arrangement with Seth continues to grow. After learning Hannah's name, Thursday becomes obsessed with finding out as much information about her and Regina as she can. But what exactly is Thursday going to do with once she learns as much as she can about Seth's other wives?

Seth is charming but he does not reveal much about himself. Thursday has never understood why he chose her and after meeting Hannah and Regina, she has even more doubts about their relationship. She is shaken by her observations after seeing Hannah and she is genuinely concerned for her safety. But events soon spiral out of control when Thursday reveals what she has learned to Seth.

The Wives is an absolutely mesmerizing mystery that is impossible to put down. Thursday is an increasingly unreliable narrator whose fixation on Seth's other wives leads to a shocking downward spiral. With stunning twists and unanticipated turns, Tarryn Fisher brings this riveting mystery to a breathtaking finale. I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend this fantastic psychological mystery to readers of the genre ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
The suspense in this book was good until it became tedious toward the last half. Polygamy in a context other than women wearing long dresses with multiple children in a fundamentalist environment is an interesting premise, but there were too many implausible situations to make it believable. I stopped caring about the characters before I finished reading the book. ( )
  pdebolt | Feb 2, 2020 |
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