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The Wives Kindle Edition
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"Sexy. Suspenseful. Heartbreaking. Empowering...The best book I've ever read."-- "Colleen Hoover, New York Times bestselling author, on Mud Vein" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07TV8VPRP
- Publisher : HQ Fiction (1 January 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 437 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 336 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 21,194 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Do you like a crazy ride of a thriller that twists and turns and makes you question everything you just read? Unreliable narrators that may be lying, or crazy, or both? A premise that is so far removed from your own life experience that you read open-mouthed, turning the pages just to find out how this could possibly all work out? If you said yes to one or more of these questions, then put this book on your wishlist right now!
THE WIVES was one of the craziest page-turners I have read in a while, and I loved it. My notes around the 50% and 75% mark read something like:” I am so confused. I have no idea what is going on here. This is insane!” Normally have lots of theories, but this book totally stumped me. At one stage, daring to speculate, I shook my head with a wry laugh: “No, that would be just too crazy!” Insert narrator’s voice here: “But she was wrong. Because it was even crazier. A kind of crazy she could never have imagined.” Yes, I was way off, and the conclusion took me totally by surprise.
You know how hard it is to review the premise of a mystery that relies on surprise elements to provide a thrilling read, so I will just give you the bare bones. The book is written from the POV of main protagonist Thursday, a young woman in her late twenties, who shares her husband with two other wives. And if that’s not strange enough, she has never met any of her sister wives, nor does she know their names (she calls them Monday and Tuesday for the days of the week her husband Seth spends with them). As you shake your head in disbelief, I can hear you thinking: this can’t possibly end well. And of course it doesn’t. Would you be content to live in blissful ignorance whilst your husband, who you’re madly in love with, spends a majority of time with other women? Exactly! Thursday is curious, and does some snooping, and finds out a few things about hubby that worry her.
From then on follows a crazy, twisted story of a woman’s quest to get answers. THE WIVES was one of those page-turners I could not put down. The more weird and wonderful things Thursday uncovered, the crazier the story got, the more I needed to know how it would all tie together.
The only reason this was not a five star read for me was the ending, which was a bit too bizarre even for me, and I so like a twisted roller-coaster-ride of a thriller. Perhaps it was just that I had hoped for a different outcome. Never mind. One thing that I learned was: polygamy is not for me. Going on my murderous thoughts towards Seth very early into the novel, I would probably end up in jail rather than gaining favourite wife status.
Anyway, enough said: if you like crazy, twisted and original stories then I urge you to give this one a go. I found it highly entertaining, evidenced by my all-night read-a-thon that gave me the biggest book hangover the next morning. Buckle up, delve in and enjoy the ride!
Definitely not a book I would normally reach for but I saw a post about it the other day, read the blurb and was really intrigued. Not to mention I saw that it was written by @tarrynfisher and knew I wanted to give it a shot. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I was not disappointed! What a roller coaster ride my brain just went through.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This isn’t a book where I can give you guys an in-depth review because I don’t want to spoil anything but I will say this, I knew the story that I was going into but the reality of what I was actually reading combined with all the twists and turns implemented left me at a loss for words. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I recommend anyone wanting to read something a little different to give this one a chance!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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 realise 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?
I have never read anything by this author and not sure I will ever go there again as perhaps it's just not my style.
Top reviews from other countries
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.
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.