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The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

The Wives

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by Tarryn Fisher

Quick take

No marriage is perfect, but this one makes you question: How well do you know your spouse—and yourself?

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    Love triangle

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    Unlikeable narrator

Why I love it

Anna Pitoniak
Author, Necessary People

What do I need from a great thriller? I need an edge-of-your-seat plot. I need a narrator who grabs my attention and never lets it go. But I also need the story to show me something about real life, no matter how crazy or outlandish the plot gets.

At first glance, the premise of The Wives seems far-out. The narrator is a woman with a tightly controlled routine: She goes to work, she lives in a glassy condo, and she sees her husband on Thursday nights... because he spends the rest of the week with his two other wives. Yup: He’s a polygamist. Initially, I shook my head at this. I mean, what? How could you agree to that? How would the jealousy not destroy you?! But as the story went on, and as the narrator became more and more obsessed with uncovering the truth about the other wives, I began nodding my head instead of shaking it. Yeah, I thought. We will do crazy things for love.

The Wives is smart and juicy, with razor-sharp insights about how women will shape themselves around the desires of men. Maybe you don’t think you have much in common with the wife of a polygamist—but she’ll suck you in. She’s got a lot to tell you. And trust me, it’s not what you think.

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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?

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  • Ponte Vedra, FL

    This book kept me guessing until the VERY END! WOW, what a plot twist and what an ending!! Tarryn Fisher pulled off an amazing psychological thriller. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Five stars, this is a must read!!

  • Oxford, MS

    Talk about PLOT TWISTS. Just as soon as you think you know whats going on/going to happen, Taryn Fisher throws you for another loop. Kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Marengo, IA

    Thursday’s husband, Seth, has two other wives. She’s never met them, & she doesn’t know anything about them. She agreed to this unusual arrangement BC she’s so crazy about him.Hang on for a wild ride!

  • Westminster, CO

    The Wives was ‘the’ twisted romance novel for me. It kept me on my toes and I just couldn’t put this book down! Several times I thought I had everything figured out only to be proven wrong once more.

  • Boulder , CO

    Finished it in 2 days. It’s amazing! I couldn’t stop reading it. I didn’t know what to think until the last chapter. Now I want to talk to everyone about it, but you just can’t without spoiling it!

  • Anderson, SC

    5⭐️’s One of the best books of this genre that I have read in a while! I was literally hooked from the first page. It kept me on the edge of my seat and guessing the entire time right down to the end!

  • Landrum, SC

    I was completely mind blown after reading this book. Being a Colleen Hoover follower, I’ve see Tarryn Fisher’s name many times, but this is the first book of hers I’ve read. It won’t be the last.

  • Middle River, MD

    This book had me on the edge of my seat and I LOVED it! Tarryn Fisher’s writing style makes you want to keep reading until you’ve devoured it all and then you’re left questioning everything you read.

  • Nixa, MO

    This was one of those books you just can’t put down. I sympathized with the narrator but boy did she throw me for a loop. Just when you want to hate the husband, curveball. Great read you won’t regret

  • Mingo Junction , OH

    This book was such a thriller! I was sucked in reading it and i couldn’t put it down. I thought the ending was amazing! I didn’t know what to think until it was over. Didn’t see it ending that way!

  • New York, NY

    A twisted tale! Crazy, but w/ real characters. I read fairly quickly, but when I hit halfway last night…I had to read through to the last page bc I HAD TO KNOW the end, ya know?! It didn’t disappoint.

  • Williston, ND

    I was so excited to read this book. I finished it in a day so it is kind of a quick read, but I really liked the storyline. It wasn’t the typical romance/jealousy story you usually get which was nice.

  • Media , PA

    This. was. intense. I devoured it in hours, & sat in stunned silence for awhile after I was done. Another reviewer said they wanted to talk about it but couldn’t because, spoilers. Me too girl, me too

  • Valley Park, MO

    Makes you think you know what’s going on and who’s in the wrong, then flips it on its head at the very end. Didn’t at all see coming how this would end! A great read for the nosy girl in all of us

  • Dallas, TX

    Wow what a wild ride! This book has such a unique premise that immediately grabbed my attention & once I started, I couldn’t stop. Reaching the twist at the end made me want to go & immediately reread

  • New Brighton , PA

    Thursday shares a husband with two orher women but she is not supposed to communicate with them. Who wouldn’t want to know who they share a life with. But her search for answers leads to a big twist.

  • Collegeville, PA

    I had no idea what I was getting into when I started “The Wives.” You think you know where the story is going, and then Fisher turns everything upside down in an instant. I couldn’t stop reading!

  • Brooklyn, NY

    I finished this book in one setting. The writing made me think I was crazy! As soon as I was convinced of one thing, something else blew up in my face. I didn’t know what to believe. My new favorite.

  • Middlesex, NJ

    I liked that Fisher’s story highlighted some sensitive, modern day topics - miscarriage, domestic violence, polygamy, and mental health. Ending felt a bit rushed, but otherwise a very addicting read!

  • Trenton, OH

    I devoured this book. Read it in one sitting. It is an easy read, but man, is it ever a roller coaster ride. And that ending .....yikes. I'm still not sure how I feel about it. I didn't hate the ending

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