ARC Review: The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

Good Evening All,

Another week gone by where I’ve only managed to get one book in. I was foolish to think that I’d suddenly have a bunch of spare time on my hands because I’m a busy body by nature and there’s always something that I need to be doing. This week has been decorating. With two rooms very nearly done, I think we’ll be taking a decorating break before committing to any more.

Book πŸ“–

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

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I read the blurb for this book and instantaneously knew that it would be right up my street. I was so excited to get stuck in. Thank you to HQ Stories and Tarryn Fisher for this advanced copy in return for an honest review.

Description πŸ”–

If you’ve signed up to share your husband with two other wives, do you waiver the right to jealousy, vulnerability or insecurity? The second wife of Seth knows that her husband has two other wives and has settled for just one night a week with him. She has always accepted this set up and agreed to not get involved with the other wives. But when curiosity gets the better of her, she starts to dig into the lives of her husband’s spouses. When she doesn’t like what she finds, things start to unravel and nothing seems as clear cut as it once did.

General Thoughts πŸ€”

What a mind screw this book is. From the very beginning my inner self was screaming “oh no, no way on earth!”. We’ve all watched the documentaries about polygamist relationships and I’m sure we’ve all questioned ourselves about whether we could do it. This book made me question myself so many times and I definitely don’t think I could do it.

When everything first starts to go wrong for Thursday, I knew there was something not quite right, but I don’t think I was expecting the book to go where it actually ended up. As the twists started to unfold, there seemed to be another POW moment that put everything back on it’s head. I loved the unpredictability and I loved how the book took a Β totally dramatic turn.

Characters πŸ‘«πŸ‘­πŸ‘¬

I didn’t like Seth from the start and I didn’t like him at the end. I couldn’t bring myself to see things from his perspective. There are lots of hints throughout the book about a “man’s place” and what a husband expects from his wife and Seth’s character just aggravated me; falling into all of those stereotypes.

The wives are all completely different. Monday is the young, attractive one, Tuesday the successful career woman and Thursday is the one that feeds Seth’s sexual appetite. I personally think that all of the wives had their weaknesses and I didn’t really feel sympathy for any of them other than Thursday. Her weakness was completely out of her control and because of that, I felt a great sadness towards her by the end.

Writing Style ✍🏽

I loved the style of this book. Everything felt dramatic and I think it would translate to the small or big screen really well. Those moments in a book when you think “well, I never” just seemed to be one after the other and I’m sure I was holding my breath through an awful lot of it.

The mental health aspect of this book really struck a chord with me and I really like the way it was threaded into the storyline by the author. It made me realise that not everyone that suffers with poor mental health is destined to suffer because of their genetics or their chemical balance/imbalance. It really could happen to any of us.

Conclusion & Scoring πŸŽ–

This was my first Tarryn Fisher book and I’m already planning on adding her other work to my TBR list. This is definitely a gasp and be shooketh book and I am all for that. I’ll be sticking this release date in my calendar so I can recommend to others as I know so many people that would love this as much as I did.

EDIT: Just realised this book is actually already published!! Go get it and prepare to be stunned!!

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