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The Wives by Tarryn Fisher | Spoiler-Free ARC Review

43262893._SY475_.jpgTitle: The Wives
Author: Tarryn Fisher
Publication Date: December 30, 2019
Genre(s): Adult, Mystery/Thriller
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 336
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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 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?

TW/CW: gaslighting, suspected domestic abuse (physical), miscarriage, forced hysterectomy, infidelity, plural marriage, negative comments towards mental illness (ex: calling someone crazy)



This story was a wild ride from start to finish.

Every time I thought I figured something out, a new layer was revealed that had me questioning things more than our main character.


Okay, so this book starts off as your run of the mill domestic thriller until we hit the 50ish percent mark, and then things go on a ride that doesn’t let up until the final page.

When the first twist hit, I was a little taken aback, but I wasn’t sure if I liked the story following THAT particular twist. Then the second twist hit, and I was like, okay, I can follow this. Then the final 30% happened and I just needed to sit on the book because SO much happened and damn. Honestly, I don’t want to say too much to avoid any spoilers, but you can definitely expect a review with spoilery thoughts on my channel closer to release date because your girl needs to talk about THAT ENDING.

There were some parts that felt a little too domestic thriller stereotype-y for me, though I have a feeling that was used to create the unique ambiance of the book where everything felt a little too perfect.

Final Thoughts:

Honestly, this book was such a quick, fun read that had me guessing all the way until the end. As someone that’s fallen down the thriller rabbit hole, I was excited to have a book use common thriller tropes in a fun way. This might not be the thriller for everyone, but if you like having your head spinning, constantly second-guessing yourself, and like domestic thrillers, this is definitely one to check out!


Star Raitings.007


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