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Earlier this year I came across this newly published gem, The Wives by Tarryn Fisher. I was immediately drawn to the synopsis which described a unique polygamous marital situation where the main character, Thursday, knows that her husband has other wives, but she’s not allowed to know anything about them.
Until one day she discovers a clue in her husband’s trousers that has the name of another woman, a woman she believes to be one of the other wives. And so begins a thrilling, secretive investigation where Thursday tries to find out more about this other woman, and ultimately more about her own husband (and herself).
*This novel contains discussion of self harm, miscarriage, spousal abuse, physical violence, and mental illness.
Author: Tarryn Fisher
Pages: 336 (paperback)
Published: December 30, 2019
Since finishing this novel, I’ve come across other reviewers that didn’t care much for how the story played out. I don’t want to give out any spoilers so I won’t say much more than that.
What I will say is that as I was reading I soon felt compassion for Thursday. I was learning about her emotional pain and started to better understand why she was the way she was which, while it didn’t create a strong and independent female lead, it did create a REAL character.
What I Liked
- The excitement. Just when I thought I had everything figured out, I was soon proven wrong. I love not being able to see what’s coming because what’s the fun in that?!
- The story felt complete, no loose ends.
- Again, a number of reviewers have taken issue with how things played out. While I completely understand that stance, I personally think it’s what made the story so good.
I really enjoyed this book and don’t have much negative to say about it. The Wives is actually Fisher’s 10th book, and if her other novels are anything like this one I will definitely be checking them out.
Would I watch this movie? YES.
I give The Wives 4 out of 5 stars.
Have you read The Wives? If so, what were your (spoiler-free) thoughts on the controversial ending?