Thursday, January 9, 2020

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

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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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
4 twisted stars
M/F Psychological Thriller
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Fisher gives us a story through the eyes of Thursday. She is the mistress/wife of Seth. Despite having several people in this story, it's Thursday that provides us with what's going on.

This book is full of twists and turns. It will keep you guessing and trying to figure out who you can trust and if Thursday is truly seeing what she thinks, or if it's all in her head.

While I had difficulty connecting with the characters, Fisher does wind a tale that is so twisted and crazy that I ended up reading this very quickly. I wanted to see if it would turn out how I thought.

Fisher doesn't disappoint in the twisted craziness that makes this story so well developed. You can't help but question what you thought and believed at the beginning. I enjoyed this story, despite the characters not being all that likable.

This is a book which I need to talk to a fellow reader about ... because ? crazy, complex, twists and turns, still not actually sure, should I read it again? ... and alone, I am just left with it circling around!

Obviously I am not going to drop any spoilers here (hence I need that friend who has read it!), there is enough info in the blurb to get you started, but what I will say is that you will want to concentrate on what you are reading – so don't be tempted to start this if you are only going to have short spells of time to read. Also, probably don't start it on a night when you need sleep, as even if you put the book down, your brain will be trying to compute what you have just read!

The writing is smooth, and the pages turn fast as you absolutely want to understand... well almost anything, and definitely... why? Using just one narrator, we are given an inevitably biased view of what is happening, and some markers which cause the reader, and the narrator to be honest, to wonder whether her view is entirely reliable. Very clever, very disturbing, and will make you wonder about your unconscious bias as you take a side, and then realise how you were manipulated!

I definitely recommend you read this – if for no other reason than because I need someone to talk to about it!

This book completely messed with my head. I love an unreliable narrator, but this book took unreliable to a whole other level – and I’ve yet to recover. This is almost an impossible book to review because I don’t want to spoil anything for the next reader.

Honestly, I’m not sure I liked any of the characters in this story – and I’m not sure I had empathy for any of them either. This is a psychological puzzle and all of the characters made me cross at one point. I enjoyed the puzzle aspect of the story, but I do feel like some characters were reduced to type in order to build the puzzle more easily. I’m not sure I’m comfortable with the way each of the women in the book is reduced and simplified. But on the other hand, nothing about this story is simple – something I also found infuriating.

I didn’t love this book – I feel like I had to work too hard to get something out of it. But I know that I respond best to books where I can engage with, relate to, and generally like at least a couple of characters. This really isn’t that book. I’m also still ambivalent about the ending. The book is very well written, and I know there are many readers who will really enjoy the mind games the author plays with them. This is a clever story but it isn’t a personal favourite.

Thursday is the narrator of our story. She is living in a polygamous marriage, but the wives all live separately and her husband Seth splits his time between the households. This alone had me questioning Thursday’s intelligence and it was understandable when she starts to become obsessed with Seth’s other wives.

I didn’t find Thursday to be a particularly sympathetic character and I never really connected with or respected her. As a result, I read this story in a sort of detached way. Curiosity about what was actually going is what kept me reading rather than an investment in the characters. The steady consistent pace of the story made it easy to read.

I had high hopes for The Wives and I was hoping for it to be full of surprises, but at the end of the day it wasn’t and I missed actually caring about the characters. It is an interesting story and entertaining one, but I was not blown away like I’d hoped to be.

Tarryn Fisher is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nine novels. Born a sun hater, she currently makes her home in Seattle, Washington, with her children, husband, and psychotic husky. She loves connecting with her readers on Instagram.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Wives by Tarryn Fisher to read and review.

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