The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

Feb, 08, 2020
The Wives Book Cover The Wives
Tarryn Fisher
Thriller/Suspense/Domestic Thriller
Audiobook: 30th December 2019 / UK Physical Book: 30th April 2020
Audio and Physical

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 pretences, 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?

And who is his mysterious third wife?

“It’s all too perfect, I think. When things are that perfect, something is wrong.”

Thank you to HQ for an advance copy of ‘The Wives’ for the audio blog tour!

Having never read a Tarryn Fisher novel before, I didn’t know what to expect going into ‘The Wives’, and from what I’ve heard from friends it is pretty different to anything she has written before. However, it turns out that this one just didn’t work for me. That being said, this was a true domestic novel and I feel that it would be a fantastic thriller recommendation for readers who are new to the genre.

The Audiobook:

Before I get into my full review and thoughts about this book, I wanted to make note of my thoughts about the audiobook itself since this post is part of the audio blog-tour for ‘The Wives’.

  • The narration was excellent if a little slow. The narrator spoke clearly and was easy to understand (even on 2x speed), however, I would have appreciated an even faster speed as this narrator did speak awfully slow. However, this is more of an issue with the app itself. I also understand that this issue will not affect lots of people who listen to audiobooks on normal speed and enjoy the slower narration.
  • The audiobook length is perfect. My copy was around nine hours, which meant that on 2x speed I was only listening for four and a half hours. I appreciated how quickly I could get through it and love a thriller that is faster-paced. I think we need more short thrillers!
  • There wasn’t a cast of characters. However, there weren’t many characters in this one anyway. You could differentiate between the characters’ voices easily and I didn’t find this to be an issue.

Things I loved:

  • The first two-thirds of ‘The Wives’ was phenomenal. It was unique, compelling and twisty – a perfect domestic thriller.
  • The synopsis is such a fascinating and unique premise. I was so excited to see how this one would go. It had such potential! I hope to see other novels venture into these kinds of topics more.
  • Again, for the first half or so, this was the perfect domestic suspense novel. It was perfectly slow, with each chapter building on the suspense and allowing the reader to get truly twisted into the plot and the characters.
  • The plot, although predictable, was intriguing and suspenseful and kept me reading to find out what was going to happen. Unfortunately, the ending was too cliched for me to enjoy, but could work for others.
  • Tarryn Fisher’s writing! She has a knack for writing a compelling plot. I hope to read more suspenseful stuff from her in the future.

Things to Note:

  • I think if you are new to thrillers then this could be a good starting off point, however, if you are a seasoned thriller reader, you might want to avoid this one. The premise is unique but the follow-through is cliched and ultimately disappointing.
  • The plot-twist in here is very predictable. It is also a trope which many readers find unenjoyable – myself included. However, again this could obviously be a totally different reading experience for you, especially if you are newer to thrillers.
  • There is an event right at the end which made absolutely no sense. It came out of nowhere and was so random. Zero motivation.
  • SPOILER: If you find it distasteful when writers use mental illness as a plot device I would suggest to maybe avoid this one. This portrayal is also not very believable. Just all around not great.

Overall, this one just wasn’t for me. The beginning was so immersive and I was so excited but by halfway through it was significantly less compelling and the end was kind of a train-wreck if I’m completely honest. That being said, I would still read more suspenseful stuff from Tarryn Fisher in the future as I think this one had SO MUCH potential.

From talking to other reader/book-reviewer friends of mine I’ve found that most people seem to have similar thoughts about this one, sadly. However, if you loved it – let me know down below! I would love to hear your thoughts!

Thank you to HQ for an advance copy of this one to review for the blog tour. As always, it is hugely appreciated.

Check out my review of ‘The Wives’ by Tarryn Fisher on Instagram and Goodreads!

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