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The Wives: A Novel Paperback – December 30, 2019
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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!
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 be willing to go to find out?
And who is his mysterious third wife?
“Nail-biting, heart-clenchingly good.”—New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Torre
“[A] lightning-fast plot.”—Kirkus
“Suspense fans will be rewarded.”—Publishers Weekly
“Some sharp twists.”—Booklist
Don’t miss An Honest Lie, the next gripping, unputdownable, twist-filled thriller from Tarryn Fisher!
Looking for more great reads by Tarryn Fisher? Be sure to check out The Wrong Family.
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"I couldn't put it down... Nail-biting, heart-clenchingly good from the start, with characters that you both root and cringe for. I loved every word. Six stars." -Alessandra Torre, New York Times bestselling author of The Ghostwriter
"Fisher smoothly inserts moments of self-doubt, longing, paranoia, and triumph into her unsettling narrative as she draws the reader into Thursday's conflicted and increasingly complicated life. Suspense fans will be rewarded."--Publishers Weekly
"Fisher is a slick writer who keeps a tight rein on her lightning-fast plot, and the lengths that her feisty narrator goes to in order to reclaim her life make for salaciously satisfying reading...Fisher is a writer to watch."--Kirkus
"An intriguing plot takes some sharp twists in the search for the elusive truth in this fast-reading domestic thriller."--Booklist
"Fans of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl will revel in The Wives...Fisher's story, like the score of a film, builds to an emotional and psychological crescendo that will keep readers on their toes until its final page. --USA Today
"Fisher draws us in with a topic few of us are familiar with-polygamy. However, she keeps us turning the page by having us share the mind of a sympathetic character. It's a compelling story of self-loathing, revenge, and denial that will keep readers up at night with the lights on and their devices off."--BookTrib
"A gripping ride that will keep readers guessing, The Wives...delivers heart-pounding suspense."--Shelf Awareness
"This is a true psychological thriller...[a] shocking ending."--Suspense Magazine
- Publisher : Graydon House; Original edition (December 30, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1525809784
- ISBN-13 : 978-1525809781
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.96 x 0.83 x 8.92 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The gushing from famous authors had me salivating.
The readers in the PLN club went on and on about how brilliantly this was written.
Twists and turns galore.
The ending was going to leave me breathless.
Instead I’m feeling as if I didn’t read the same book.
It was boring and predictable, and cozy. This is a cozy mystery with sassy language. Which is not what I paid for. I was expecting a mind bender.
I was ready for excitement and what I got instead feels more akin to watching a made for TV movie, but the writers from 90210 or Melrose Place made the movie.
The first twenty pages were intriguing and edited well, after that it all goes downhill.
Ms. Fisher has improved as a writer as far as traditional publishing’s standards are concerned, in that she has lost her uniqueness and blended with the typical and cheesy formula writers. Although hints of her were there. Nordstrom shopping and the decor of the house matches her own....yawn. It’s also funny the language she normally uses in her indie books made it past the editor but there’s no sex in this book at all.
It’s PG and made for TV and absolutely not worth the money spent.
I do not recommend this book. Certainly not for $9.99, this cost three times what her other novels are worth and delivered half as much, if not less.
Skip this lame attempt at psychological thriller.
SYNOPSIS: “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.”- The Wives.
REVIEW: I am SO glad this book came out, and that I was able to finish reading it right before the end of the year. Because in all honestly, this was the craziest thriller, with possibly the most twists, that I have read all year. Oh my god, my head is still swimming and trying to catch up. I have loved all the books I have read by Tarryn Fisher and this one is no exception. I honestly think she is becoming a Queen of the dark thriller genre. The plot in this book is so carefully and meticulously thought-out in every way. It is also quite complicated as well, and at this point (end of the book) I feel like all the questions have been answered to a satisfactory point. There is not a lot I can say about the plot, (I don’t want to give anything away) besides things are not what they seem, and even when you think you have a good idea of what is going on, you are probably still wrong. This is thanks to the many twists in the book and involvement of all the characters and their different dynamics.
Speaking of characters, they are all amazing. All complicated, well thought-out, and equal combinations of dark and twisty. I appreciate how Tarryn always has diverse personalities within her characters and no one is really “squeaky clean”. Every character is just so complex, and their relationships with each other very interesting and unique. Further, I enjoyed reading from Thursday’s perspective in this story, and throughout the book shared many of the same feelings and bouts of confusion that she was experiencing which added to the mystery of it all.
Overall, this book was a total mind-f*ck. I cannot wait to go back to the beginning and read it again with all the knowledge that I have now, and catch things that I didn’t notice in the first read through. I’m so so so happy that this is OFFICIALLY my final read of 2019! I couldn’t have ended it on a better note. With that, I am looking forward to 2020 and the books that it will bring (Hopefully more of Tarryn’s 😉)
Happy New Year!
They have an almost idyllic life ...on the days he stays at her house. Thursday follows the urge to know more about the others wives. She falls down a rabbit hole that left me guessing what was happening up until the very last words of the book.
I don’t want to give any spoilers. It’s dark and twisty. It definitely felt like a Tarryn Fisher book. No word is wasted. It is all important. This is absolutely a psychological thriller. I couldn’t put it down. I’m anxious to do a reread. My mind is still reeling a bit.
No matter how good you think it is while reading it.... it gets better.
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Seemingly, Thursday is accepting of her lot until one day she discovers a hospital receipt in her husbands pocket. Closer inspection of the receipt shows that Monday is actually called Hannah & she is pregnant. Armed with the receipt & some basic computer skills Thursday starts to investigate her fellow wife. As she continues to look for info on Hannah, she starts to unravel & become obsessed with finding out as much as she can about her husbands other wives.
First off, Thursday is a very complex, but very endearing protagonist who you really empathise with & want to succeed, especially when the reader discovers that Thursday is psychologically traumatised from an incident earlier in her marriage to Seth. Secondly, as the story progresses & layer after layer of secrets & lies are revealed, the story becomes increasingly more unsettling, dark & twisted. As the plot gets more & more twisty, all your initial preconceptions start to crumble.
I loved the pacey, relentless and all consuming plot points, which is why I binge read it at every opportunity!
Of course I now have a major book-hangover but it’s worth it! I have nothing negative at all to say about this book, which is an endorsement of how clever & compelling this book is. I would definitely read more from this author & highly recommend reading this book, because for once the hype is real!! If you enjoy a domestic thriller guys, then you have to read this novel ASAP because it’s genius ! This was an easy 5* star rating for me ! ! I would give it more if I could !
This book is what I’ve needed for a long time, it’s refreshing, a psychological thriller of epic proportions, it’s the type of plot that has you wondering how the hell the author came up with the idea. This will definitely be hard to beat. I can safely say this will be in my top 5 for 2020!
My mind questioned everything six times over. Just when I thought I had worked out what was going on Tarryn took me down another rabbit hole until I just couldn't think straight anymore.
I loved all the characters, they each gave me a piece of themselves to get to know ( or so you think ) Told in the heroine's POV which I think made it all the more intense because you never really knew what the others were getting up to, what they were thinking, what was the truth and what was lies.
That ending !!!!! I'm not sure if I liked it or not, I didn't see it coming not one bit, but wow this book will stay with me for a long time to come. DON'T miss the chance to read it !!
Other than seeing the cover I went in blind. I didn’t feel the need to read the blurb because, it’s TF, she can do no wrong. I realised at around half way through that I didn’t know the name of the lead character, the narrator. It was when that name was revealed that I realised TF had twisted my melon. Like Marrow.
I was so in tune trying to spot what the twist would be, but the things I found were red herrings. Zippo lighter, jell-o. Interesting but not the plot breaker.
So Seth has three wives and the real middle wife (our narrator) wants him to herself so she tracks down the competition. But all does not go to plan.
Which one would Seth pick if he was forced to choose? Would it be wife number one, the petite career wife who loves shoes? Or would it be wife number two, the sexy trust fund wife who can whip up a rack of lamb and whip your trousers off while it cooks? Or what about wife number three, the wholesome young blonde who can still shell out a baby or two?
Seth himself doesn’t get that much of a mention. I definitely didn’t like him but I’m not sure if I liked wife number two either. She’s bonkers!
A super story and a great last read of 2019.
This is the kind of domestic noir/psychological thriller that is best read cold as it’s easy to be spoiled, so I won’t say much about its plot.
From publishers: “You’ve never met the other wives. None of you know each other, you see your husband only one day a week. Thursday. But you don’t care, you love him that much. Or at least that’s what you’ve told yourself…”
The novel’s narrator refers to her husband’s other two wives as Monday and Tuesday as those are the days that he spends with them each week. I wonder what he got up to on the other four days?
Certainly this was a page-turner and a quick read though almost from the start I found myself finding Thursday’s situation along with her responses and attitudes hard to accept.
Then, as is inevitable with psychological thrillers, there’s a twist. Here a major one occurred at the halfway point and after this, although I continued reading, I just felt that its new direction was insensitive, melodramatic, and made little sense. I found the ending abrupt and disappointing.
However, I am clearly in the minority here but it just didn’t work for me and I didn’t find it in any way sexy.