The Wives by Tarry Fisher | Book Review 4/2020

One of my online book clubs selected The Wives as the January selection. Read more to see what the book is about and how I got on with it.

Synopsis From The Publisher

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.

My Review


The Wives seems to tackle consensual polyamorous relationships as an issue but with the unreliable first person narration, and revisiting past scenes with new clarity, it’s difficult to be sure what you’re really reading, and whether the main character, Thursday, is indeed married to a man with other wives.
The author’s choice to tell the story through Thursday’s experiences gave us a lot of unnecessary information, introduced a lot of characters and issues that had nothing to do with the plot and while a few well-placed red herrings may be necessary and can even be quite enjoyable in a thriller, some of these felt like dots that never quite connected. Thursday’s voice never quite endeared her to me, maybe because of her description of her marriage and how she put her husband on a pedestal, not acknowledging how much he needed her, and conveniently forgetting the evidence that would put them on equal footing. Her analysis of her family situation and her interactions with her coworkers introduced some interesting characters who might have added some depth to the book, if the novel was a literary exploration of how marriage is experienced differently by women and men. I might have enjoyed that.
I was often outraged by the characters’ voices, how weak and victimized the women all sounded, and even the resolution which seemed to be an attempt to show the main character overcoming her victimhood and finally “helping herself”, even that felt like scrabbling for scraps.
I didn’t like the writing, or any of the characters and the vulgar language cheapened the dialogue.
I wasn’t a fan.

Caveats

While I had a less than terrific experience reading The Wives, I just scrolled through a lot of reviews on Goodreads where other readers raved about the book. Bestselling author Colleen Hoover even gave it a five star rating and she’s not the only one. I am not one to discourage anyone from reading a book because I believe that there is an audience for every kind of artistic expression, so if you’d like to check out the book yourself, please go ahead and I hope you enjoy it. I’d love to discuss your experience in the comments below.

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