- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Graydon House; Original edition (December 30, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1525809784
- ISBN-13: 978-1525809781
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 728 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Amazon Best Book of January 2020: There’s a virtual reality Harry Potter-themed ride at Universal Studios that simulates a Quidditch match. You strap in, and start flying through the air, only to swing wildly to the right, stop short, dip, and then lurch 180 degrees to the left. Reading The Wives felt like being back on that ride. Thursday is a nurse in a busy Seattle hospital, slowly getting back in the swing of things after a miscarriage leaves her without her longed-for baby and infertile to boot. Her husband Seth is there for support but only one day a week. The rest of his week is spent commuting to and from Portland where his other two wives live. Presumably. Thursday’s never met either of his other wives; all she knows is that one of them is pregnant, about to give Seth the one thing that Thursday no longer can. When she finds a scrap of information about one of the other wives—enough to identify her and locate her—the opening to the rabbit hole beckons, and Thursday is about to fall into it. Yes, the premise is about as preposterous as taking part in a Quidditch match, so if you’ve made it this far, ignore that fact and consider yourself strapped in and ready for a soapy, bumpy, twisty, exhilarating ride, set at a breakneck pace. Enjoy. —Vannessa Cronin, Amazon Book Review
"You'll have whiplash until the very end. The Wives will leave the most sure footed reader uneasy until the last word is read." -Colleen Hoover, New York Times bestselling author of Verity
"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
"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
"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
About the Author
Tarryn Fisher is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of nine novels. Born a sun hater, she currently makes her home in Seattle, Washington, with her children, husband, and psychotic husky. She loves connecting with her readers on Instagram.
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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.
Tarryn Fisher’s writing isn’t for everyone. If you’ve ever wondered if you’re actually the villain in the story, then she’s definitely for you. If you can’t deal with questioning everything you’ve ever held true and unreliable narrators? Not so much.