Marriage is one of the hardest things we go through as a couple. Add two other wives to the mix and you have pure insanity. In our recent read of Tarryn Fisher’s psychological thriller The Wives, Businessman Seth Ellington is married to three women. While they are polygamists he is only legally married to the narrator, they don’t all live together as a typical “poly” family and he only sees her on Thursdays.
The other two wives are titled “Monday” and “Tuesday”. They have rules and Thursday doesn’t know their names. Seth has done a good job so far of keeping the three lives he leads and the wives within them separate. Until that is Thursday starts getting restless. She’s tired of living the mundane life of waiting for Thursdays to roll around. Though she truly believes she loves Seth, she starts to wonder how she’s lost herself in such an unsatisfying and unbalanced way.
When she finds a slip of paper with the name Hannah scrawled across it, she believes this is one of the wives Seth has been so vague about, beginning her descent into a whole new world.
But is The Wives Any Good?
The question is, Is The Wives Any Good? Simply put, YES! The storyline had me hooked from the beginning like completely glued to my hands! It moved swiftly, was exciting, and Tarryn’s writing was brilliant.
“Secrets: I’m good at having them and keeping them.“
At the start of The Wives, Thursday has no personality. Her entire mission was to be a tool for Seth. She had everything perfect for the moment she heard the keys enter the lock. Dinner piping hot, hair perfectly coiffed, and a smile on her lips. I wanted to hate the woman that Thursday has become. She is gullible and needy. Vying for every drop of Seth’s attention even when it’s to her own detriment. But on the other hand, as a woman, I couldn’t help but understand.
“He comes over on Thursday of every week. That’s my day. I’m Thursday.”
The complacency Thursday feels is what propels her into doing something different. She sees how unbalanced the narrative is between them and she wants to make a change, even if the change isn’t quite what she was expecting.
“Women are stuck in a cycle of insecurity perpetuated by the way men treat them, and we are constantly fighting to prove to ourselves and everyone else that we are okay.”
As the story progresses it starts to get a little convoluted, but this seems intentional. We are experiencing life as Thursday and although she is “telling the story” we are also experiencing the same moments that she does. So, as Thursday gets lost, confused, and puzzled by the reveal of a fact so are we! While at times this felt like a little too much, left wondering for chapters what’s going on, I think therein lies the fun of a psychological thriller. And The Wives was definitely fun!
“It’s all too perfect, I think. When things are that perfect, something is wrong.”
And we can’t forget the ending! Remember when I said at the start of The Wives Thursday has no personality?! Well, that has completely changed by the end of the book! While she won’t be the heroine that everyone thinks is typical or everyone’s “cup of tea” I think by the end of the book she was completely badass! And revenge is SWEET!
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