Wednesday, 23 October 2019

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher - Book Review

I've seen Tarryn Fisher's name on Instagram and Facebook so often because of her previous books, that when I saw she had new one coming out later this year, I was grateful to get a review copy from Harper Collins to check it out!

The Wives is a bit tricky for me to review. I really liked the first half a whole lot, but it gets very dark very fast, and the ending didn't sit well with me.

Here's the premise. A woman is part of a polygamous marriage. Her husband has two other wives. The wives do not live together and do not know each other. One of the wives starts to wonder more about her husband and the two other women with whom she shares him. She discovers the identify of one of the wives, Hannah, and befriends her. However, she also notices that Hannah has bruises on her body. How did they get there? Was it her husband? Can she help Hannah somehow? And who is the third wife?

The Wives is fast-paced domestic thriller that is great for fans of novels that are dark and twisty. For me, it kind of read like a suspense movie, and I enjoyed that. It has an unreliable narrator which always adds an interesting layer to a novel.

I've noticed that there has been a trend in domestic and psychological thrillers lately to use the themes of pregnancy and/or pregnancy loss as a tool in their plotlines. The Wives does as well. Maybe I was hoping for something more original? The second half of the book was a bit more gritty and twisty than I'm used to reading. I would still try another book by this author, though.

Ultimately, this is a story about the importance of truly being seen by those you love. It's okay for a weekend distraction, but probably one to pick up from the library instead of the bookstore. Look for it December 30th.


Disclaimer - I received a complementary copy of this novel from Harper Collins Canada for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

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