The Wives

The Wives

by Tarryn Fisher

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New York Times bestselling author Tarryn Fisher delivers a pulse-pounding, fast-paced suspense novel that will leave you breathless. A thriller you won’t be able to put down!

“You’ll have whiplash until the very end.”—New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover

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.

You’ll have to grab a copy to find out why.

“Nail-biting, heart-clenchingly good.”—New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Torre

“[A] lightning-fast plot.”—Kirkus

“Suspense fans will be rewarded.”—Publishers Weekly

“Some sharp twists.”—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488054358
Publisher: Graydon House Books
Publication date: 12/30/2019
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 38
File size: 676 KB

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 Wives 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Bethany Nikola 12 days ago
Read this book, right now!
Constance Corr 16 days ago
Curious ending. Enjoyed reading ...unsure where it was going but kept my attention. And, still uncertain where it actually went, and why?
KDRBCK 21 days ago
This is, hands down, my favorite read in 2019. The Wives by Tarryn Fisher is a full length, stand alone, not a romance novel. The Wives is a daring read, the story consumed me, put me through a rollercoaster of emotions, gutted me to the core and did not put me back together. TF is a master at writing gripping stories with a never ever expected twist. Take Mud Vein or The Assistant - The Wives tops them both, and that I never had believed to be possible. I will not spoiler here, only so much, Thursday is one of Seth's three wivies it seems. Her and the other two never met each other. But when she can't let it rest, fate takes charge. The author kept me in suspense from chapter one til the end. I started reading and then simply couldn't put it down anymore. I read the whole book, cover to cover in one sitting, strongly rooting for the heroine and now I'm sitting here and simply don't know. I'm empty, out and the only thing that I know is this book will stay with me for a long time. I highly recommend The Wives, 5++ Stars.
Michael Corrigan 7 days ago
Caroldaz 15 days ago
The story is told from the point of view of Thursday, the second wife of Seth. His other two wives are known as Monday and Tuesday. Thursday plays the perfect wife, welcoming Seth on Thursdays with a home-cooked meal, great conversation and makes him the focus of her life.......for the one day he spends with her. She becomes curious about Monday and Tuesday and that is when her life begins to unravel. There are many twists and turns and the action never slows. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
diane92345 20 days ago
Thursday is just one of The Wives. Their husband Seth calls all three wives by the day that he visits them. There is Monday, his youngest and newest wife, who is in early pregnancy. Tuesday is his original wife and is older. When she didn’t want children, Seth decided to legally divorce her and marry second wife Thursday. But then Thursday cannot have children either so he marries young and fertile Monday. Seth explains that he was born from polygamists so it seems normal to have more than one wife to him. However, he wants to avoid all the mama drama in polygamist households by not telling his wives each other names. One day, Thursday stumbles on a doctor’s bill in Seth’s pocket for Hannah, who she later discovers is Monday. When meeting Hannah, she finds fingerprint-shaped bruises on her. Could Hannah’s version of Seth be a wife beater? If so, why doesn’t he beat Thursday? That is just the first 20% of this crazy thriller where nothing is as it seems and no one’s word can be trusted. Basically, everyone may be an unreliable narrator. It is up to the reader to determine who, if anyone, is telling the full story. I love playing armchair detective. However, after about the halfway point, I stopped trying to guess what was going happen. It was easier and less frustrating to just let the story play out like a movie in front of me. So if you are ready for a Marvel Universe level of suspension of disbelief, then you are ready for this thriller. It is a wild ride. The Wives will make a great HBO limited series or movie. 4 stars! Thanks to Graydon House, Harlequin Books, and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Debbie Grandgenett 8 hours ago
Twists and turns everywhere
Anonymous 18 hours ago
This is the first book that I have read by this author and it won’t be the last! I was very intrigued by the description and I was hooked right from the beginning. I could not imagine my husband having two other wives and loving him so much to go along with it. I found this to be a real page turner that I just couldn’t put down. I needed to see what made this main character tick. This was dark and twisty and highly recommended. I had the pleasure of meeting her at Book Expo this year and I am looking forward to her next book.
JS-ChinoHillsCA 2 days ago
Dark, crazy, sick & twisted
Anonymous 2 days ago
Imagine your husband has two other wives. You’ve never met the other wives…and then one day, you find a scrap of paper in his pocket…. The synopsis had me interested right away. What starts out as a story about a polygamist relationship with a twist becomes more and more twisted as the story goes one. It becomes pretty clear right away that this is not a story about “Sister-wives”. The wives aren’t allowed to meet each other. Their husband, Seth, keeps his lives and marriages with each wife separate, not even allowing them to know each other’s’ names. This is a psychological thriller with so many twists and turns that the reader will be confused about what is real and what is not and will stay that way from about halfway through the book to the last page. While that was a strength in the book, it was also a bit of a weakness, there were certain plot points that just weren’t believable. Even when you begin to get the feel of the ebb and flow of truth and delusion, the end will blindside you. A fast and solid read, perfect for a book club choice, a winter read or a rainy weekend. A solid 3.5 Thank You to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest review.
AlinaU 4 days ago
"The Wives" is a thriller in the best tradition of Alfred Hitchcock, it's the kind of book that's nearly impossible to put down. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Seth live in a polygamy relationship. The only thing that all three women have in common is Seth. They have never met, live in different cities, have distinct hobbies and careers, they never contacted each other, and more than that - they do not even know each other's names. However, this idyllic arrangement is about to hit an iceberg. Buckle up your belts - you're in for a mystifying ride. This novel is amazing suspense, it has everything: unreliable narrator, twisty turns, "what in the world?" moments. A perfect marriage/relationship/arrangement that is a lot more then meets the eye. The best part about this novel is the punches never stop coming. Even when I neared the end - BOOM another big reveal. I'm very good at predicting the ending, and with this book, I've made many assumptions, several guesses as to what is going on - and yet I was still so wrong! Thank you NetGalley and Graydon House publisher for a free and advanced copy of the novel, and Tarryn Fisher for a hopelessly tragically perfect thriller.
Christine Fluharty 4 days ago
So much better than I expected! A must read
clarissa carter-davis 5 days ago
Just when you think you have it all figured out, guess what? A major twist. I devoured this book, I couldn't quit reading.
Lindsay Fink 6 days ago
I was pleasantly surpriswd by this book. Fast read. Suspensful. Good ending.
PattySmith87 7 days ago
Many thanks to NetGalley, Harlequin Graydon House Books, and Tarryn Fisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest book review of The Wives. My thought and opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy. Once again, I am against type and did not enjoy this story. Well, let me modify that statement a bit. First I was really really looking forward to this one and so excited that I got an advance copy. There was a lot of positive buzz and people really were freaking out over it. The actual read was smooth and easy. The story flowed, or so I thought. **Mild Spoiler** Let me just say that for the most part I don’t enjoy books where the narrator is either unreliable or straight up lying. I think that most authors use it as a cop out to create a “surprise” or “shocking” ending. No, when you deliberately mislead me through the whole story where even the premise is incorrect, then it isn’t shocking. I felt used, betrayed, and rather pissed off. There are only a few, of the really best authors, who can tell a story and slowly parcel out the facts that are, in the end, not what you expected. This takes a true talent and knowledge of the craft. That didn’t happen here. I’m not going to even tell you the premise because it won’t help. Like I said, I’m in the minority. By the time the big reveal happened I felt a little crazy myself! For having spent my time reading this. No, thank you. Too bad because I was hoping for a different experience.
McBook 8 days ago
Thursday's husband sees her on Thursdays. On other days of the week, he is with his first or third wife in another city. Thursday doesn't know anything about the other two. But one day, she decides to go see one of the others. Several twists. Enjoyable book! Thanks to Netgalley
vphillips88 10 days ago
The narrator is married to a successful business man named Seth. Seth and the narrator are married, but there's a catch. She's Seth's second wife and they're in a polygamous relationship. The narrator has not met Seth's other wives and they hardly know anything about each other. One day, the narrator is doing laundry and she finds a slip of paper with one of Seth's wives' information on it. As the narrator begins to investigate more information about this mysterious woman, she begins to suspect some foul-play on her husband's part. Who exactly did she married and has she just uncovered something that will change everything? I read The Wives in one day. It was so fast-paced, dark, and delicious—I couldn't put it down! The first half of The Wives is a lot stronger than the final act. As I was reading, I was so enthralled in the mystery between Seth and his wives that I couldn't stop reading. I'm definitely paying for that today as I stayed up late until I was finished. The second half tends to lean on the side of predictability, which definitely took my rating from 5 stars to it's current setting. However, what I did love about the ending is that it kind of allows the reader to interpret the outcome in their own way. I can't speak up on what I mean about that without spoiling the ending, so just trust me! We can talk once you finish, because OMG. Overall, this story is a great light read that I think will kick-ass this winter! Tarryn Fisher, you have created a fan in me and I can't wait to not only see what you have next up your sleeve, but to dive into your backlog.
JHSEsq 10 days ago
The life of Seth Arnold Ellington is extremely complicated. The story is told via a first-person narration from Thursday, Seth's second wife -- the one he spends Thursday nights with. She relates how they came to be in what she describes as a polygamist relationship. His first wife never wanted children. But Thursday lost the child she was carrying, and she cannot get pregnant again. So, since Seth wants children, he has taken a third wife who is pregnant with their first child. The other two wives lives in Portland, Oregon, but Thursday, a nurse, resides in Seattle, Washington. Seth divides his time between the two cities as he runs a construction firm with his partner, Alex. Thursday describes how she prepares for and anticipates the nights she spends with Seth, devoting herself totally to him, his needs, and pleasing him. Fisher explores how stressful and unsettling plural marriage can be. Thursday compares herself to Seth's other wives, and worries about how she measures up. She acknowledges that she "chose this life and it's not about competing, it's about providing, but one can't help but keep a tally when other women are involved." She feels that she "shouldn't wonder, but I do. How does a man love so many women? A different woman almost every other day. And where do I fall in the category of favor?" Thursday's anxiety is magnified by the fact that there are no sister wives in this family. Seth has decreed that his wives must have no knowledge of each other. But Thursday looks forward to hearing about the others -- it is "the highlight" of her week -- and it her curiosity that propels the story forward. She has thus far "respected his wishes not to snoop." However, she finds a scrap of paper. It's a doctor's bill made out to Hannah Ovark in Portland and Thursday begins investigating to determine if, in fact, Hannah's is Seth's pregnant third wife. Fisher slyly and cleverly lays the groundwork, but abruptly brings everything Thursday has revealed into question, suggesting that nothing is as it has thus far been portrayed. Is Thursday a reliable narrator? Or is something else entirely going on with Fisher's characters? The story takes off at a dizzying pace as Thursday embarks on her quest for information about Seth's other wives. Suddenly she is on a quest for the truth about Seth's background, admitting that she foolishly asked few questions about his history because she was so smitten with and eager to marry him. She seeks details about his relationships with the other wives, his true feelings about her, and his motivations for his surprising behavior. She strikes up a friendship with Hannah which becomes unsettling when she notices that Hannah has bruises on her wrists. Seth has never exhibited any propensity for violence, but events push Thursday to fear for Hannah's safety, as well as that of her unborn child. She also seeks out Regina, Seth's first wife, in an effort to confirm what Seth has told her about their marriage. The Wives features surprising plot twists and expertly-timed clues about the real nature of Thursday's relationship with Seth, as well as his machinations & manipulation of Thursday & his other wives, along with red herrings. Fisher's story is meticulously planned & executed, & her characters intriguing & compelling, if not particularly likable. She delivers a shocking conclusion to her creative, absorbing, and highly entertaining first thriller. Thanks to NetGalley for an Advance Reader's Copy.
3900980 12 days ago
Thursday and Seth are married although Thursday only sees her husband on, well, Thursdays. That is because Seth is also married to two other women. Thursday tries to be the best possible wife she can, hopefully "out wifing" the other ones. She is always waiting for him on Thursdays with a home cooked meal and a romp in bed. They even have nicknames for the other wives...Monday and Tuesday. But Thursday is beginning to get curious about Seth's other relationships. Is she the best wife? Then one day Thursday accidentally finds a doctor's receipt for wife #3 in Seth's pants. She now has a name! And she decides to investigate the wife. But what starts out as inquisitiveness turns into an obsession. Thursday decides to befriend the wife without Seth's knowledge, and then everything begins to blow up in her face! And she learns not everything is as it seems. This story is as psychologically thrilling as you can get. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and keep your mind twisting in every different direction. Don't even try to figure the story out...just wait! Although this may look like an unfinished book review, trust me, giving anymore information would honestly put you at a disadvantage and genuinely ruin the story. Just know there are so many surprises and plot twists you won't want to put it down.
Anonymous 12 days ago
What a wild ride! I’ve been hearing great things about Tarryn Fisher’s new novel and I was not disappointed! This book was a definite page turner with a crazy ending that took me completely by surprise! The Wives, already a BOTM selection, follows a woman named Thursday who is five years into a plural marriage with a man she desperately loves and can’t get enough of. Thursday thinks of herself as the “real” wife, as she is the one currently married to Seth. He splits his time between Thursday, his first wife Regina, and his new “wife” Hannah. Thursday is jealous of Regina whom Seth met in college and did divorce but refuses to stop seeing. She’s also extremely insecure about his relationship with Hannah who is young, sexy, and pregnant with a child that Thursday couldn’t give him. Overall, I enjoyed Fisher’s quick-paced writing style. The storyline was original and thrilling, I was on the edge of my seat from the middle of the book until the shocking end, which blew me away! Thank you to Graydon House Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read this advanced reader’s edition in exchange for an honest review. Read-A-Likes: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, & The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.
SheTreadsSoftly 12 days ago
The Wives by Tarryn Fisher is a very highly recommended psychological thriller. "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." This is one twisty twisted thriller. Just when you think you know what's going on, you'll discover that you are wrong - repeatedly. And you're going to be riveted to the pages the entire time, thinking you know all the secrets, before you find out you actually don't have a clue. And after you are done reading it, you're going to ask yourself, "What just happened?" It is true that you'll want to go into this thriller not knowing too much. Allow Thursday to tell you her story, and follow her through the fast-paced plot. The Wives was my first novel by Tarryn Fisher and I was impressed. The writing is quite good and Fisher does an excellent job allowing just enough details to be revealed along the way, until things change and change again. You will feel empathy for Thursday although doubts about her reliability as a narrator will start to creep in as she tells her story. Things become a bit surreal during the second half of the novel, but keep reading. 4.5 stars rounded up and I'll be looking for more Tarryn Fisher novels. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Graydon House Books
KWeldon 13 days ago
The Wives by Tarryn Fisher is an interesting book that I did not want to put down. Thursday thinks she's happy being one of three wives and knowing very little about the other two wives. She only wants Seth to be happy and only asks little questions here and there until she finds a receipt with a name on it. She thinks a little look on the internet wouldn't hurt but then she wants to know more. She falls down a hole of curiosity and jealousy. Eventually she is searching for both of Seth's other wives and wanting to know everything about them. Would you be able to live in the dark and only see your husband 2 days a week? I enjoyed this book. It is full of twists and turns. Thursday has a rollercoaster of emotions from the beginning to the end. As she finally confides in a coworker about her life she realizes that everyone has secrets. People are not always what they seem to outsiders looking into their lives. I read this book in one day and would like to read more from this author. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book. ***This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Mystery & Thrillers Release Date: December 30, 2019
BrunettesLikeBooksToo 16 days ago
3.5 stars Imagine your husband has two other wives. You’ve never met the other wives, and because of your “unconventional arrangement “ you only get to see your husband on THURSDAY. You don’t even know their names until one day, by chance, you find mail addressed to Hannah. You get curious. For the first 50% I was completely intrigued as “THURSDAY” explored her feelings. Her husband, Seth has told her that he loved his wives all differently, but equally. But, what does that mean? Who would he choose if he had a gun to his head? It’s impossible not to compare... She just HAS to find out more about each of the other two wives. Do they share her same insecurities? How does Seth’s life differ on MONDAY, and TUESDAY? I would’ve liked to hear more about that. BUT, despite an original premise, and a strong ended up being just a “middle of the road” psychological thriller by the end because once the truth is revealed, it just wasn’t as interesting to me, as the first half of the book was.
Shelley-S-Reviewer 16 days ago
This book flew by for me. I remember reading it for what felt like just a few minutes only to find I was already 30% through. I thought "That can't be possible." But it was. The Wives is a twisted and suspenseful novel that makes you thankful for the loved ones you actually have. For the most part The Wives moves very fluidly and fast and the story starts off strong. Tarryn Fisher has put the dysfunction in dysfunctional family with this book. It is so well written and seriously mind boggling that I couldn't put it down. While I enjoyed the story and found it a very good read, that I can recommend, there were some parts toward the end that did leave me feeling a bit deflated and I felt the last part of the book a bit uneven as all the truths get told. The ending pieces that led to the conclusion left me wondering about a few things and I wish they had been better explained. I really wish I could go into it more, but I don’t want to ruin anything for a potential reader. The writing and unique plot absolutely deserve four stars. This is a first, by Ms. Fisher, for me. I will definitely be reading more by this talented author. That is the best complement I pay a writer.
S_Lewis_TMLA 16 days ago
This is one of those mind blowing books you read once in a blue moon! The Wives is an enthralling, catching story that will have you reeling and reading the pages so fast you won't know what hit you! Tarryn's writing isn't for everyone from what I have read in other reviews and I thought I would be one of those people. However I did really enjoy getting to know her work and I'm looking forward to reading more from her when I need something that has a HUGE WOW factor and a story with twist and turns you just didn't see coming!