Title: The Wives
Author: Tarryn Fisher
Date of publication: June 25th 2020
Number of pages: 352
Format reviewed: ebook
Source: publisher via NetGalley
You’ve never met the other wives. None of you know each other, you see your husband only one day a week. Thursday. But you don’t care, you love him that much. Or at least that’s what you’ve told yourself…
And then, one day it all changes.
You thought you were fine with this, with only having a fraction of a husband. But you can’t help yourself, you start to dig. You begin tracking them down, the other days… Who is Monday and why does she have bruises on her arms? Is she being abused? By who? Her husband? Your husband?
What else is he keeping from you? And who is he, really?
When I chose to read The Wives, I set myself a challenge. Take the first line of the blurb ‘Imagine your husband has two other wives’ My mind went blank the first time I read it. I couldn’t imagine it, unless stuck with an unfaithful husband in the usual way affairs usually go. But there is no affair here. Imagine agreeing to voluntarily share your husband with two other women. No, no, no, no, no. That was the point that had me going ‘what would make a woman say yes to such an arrangement?’ There lay the issue for me. My interest was picked. Could an author make this authentic and real enough for me to accept the idea and connect in any way with the characters?
Tarryn Fisher explains through Thursday, wife #2, how their life works. Seth’s wives are referred to as Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. He begins his week with wife #3, young and pregnant. Wife #1 shares his Tuesdays, and then he travels to Thursday. The perfect calendar for the hubby, and so far, no wife has complained!
When the novel opens, we take a good look at Thursday’s life. One day a week, she gets to live the life she wants. The rest of the time, she is a nurse, a friend, but her marital situation has built walls between her and the world. Who could understand why she agreed to share Seth? Her loneliness is palpable, so is her love for the guy. Tarryn Fisher really paints her main character in such a way that I found myself – if not understanding – at least admitting her reasons were valid. They say love make people crazy. Well, The Wives is a good example of how far a woman would go for the man she loves.
At least until she gets a glimpse of his other lives. Careless Seth leaves a note in one of his pockets. Typical! If previously, Thursday managed with nonchalantly asking a few questions here and there about the others, this tiny bit of paper is a tangible proof of his different lives and she soon wants to know more.
I went through different emotions while reading The Wives. I was outraged at Seth’s perfect life. I was furious with the wives for allowing a man to be their sun, only revolving around him in a dance he was leading. Then I got curious. I enjoyed Thursday’s search for answers. What did the other wives bring to Seth? How different were they? How different could Seth be with them? It didn’t take much for Thursday’s happy facade to crumble, but the author did a great job at not making it too quick and evident. She built a case against Seth, throwing hints of his other lives at Thursday until the very compartmentalized days blew up and so did Thursday’s trust in Seth…
The Wives was completely different than what I was expecting. I could have said it took a turn and went to explore a part I hadn’t thought of, but I am not sure it even began where I thought it would! It was definitely a surprising read. I was expecting a war of wives, but I read about a war of love and loss. Tarryn Fisher explored sensitive subjects with tact and authenticity, all the while fueling my hatred for a man who had been taking advantage of women for too long… But the road was not as straight as it seemed and Thursday happened to be even more complex than I had first believed.
Some twists and the ending left me somewhat confused, leaving a taste of over-the-top in my mouth, but the overall read was an enjoyable experience.
I enjoyed this book
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My thanks to HQ for inviting me to be part of the blog tour and for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.