The Wives

The Wives

By: Tarryn Fisher

The Deets:

256 pages


Published: December 30th, 2019

Review: 291205291205291205291205

From the Cover:

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.


When I first read the cover sleeve of this book (above) my first thought was, “Wait, that’s all you’re going to give me?!” It’s a tantalizingly short hook that definitely made me keep reading. It promised a unique domestic story filled with secrecy, doubts, twists, and suspense. Fisher delivered.

Take Thursday, the female lead and unreliable narrator at the center of the story. She marries a secretive man, Seth, who promises her a comfortable marriage, but at a cost–she would have to share him with another wife. She agrees because she’s in love and can’t imagine her life without him, even if she only gets to see him two days out of the week. Once wife number three enters the picture, Thursday begins to unravel. She no longer seems able to substantiate all of the concessions she has made in the past. She begins to search for the identities of the other two wives–a detail Seth has purposefully kept from her–and then confront them in person about their own marriages with Seth. As Thursday begins her sleuthing, she must confront the facts versus her own understanding. Spoiler alert–things escalate very quickly.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I found the plot and storyline to be unique. The build seems somewhat prolonged, and I found the ending to be somewhat dissatisfying. However, I liked the various twists and turns, and felt the last 100 pages to be very suspenseful. If you’re a fan of thrillers–as I am–you will surely enjoy this book and the unique story Fisher has devised.

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