[Review] The Wives

Author: Tarryn Fisher
Sourced: Snagged on Amazon, mostly because I needed it fast but first learned about this book from The Stripe’s Book Club list
Meows: 3.78 out of 5. Not quite a solid four because you really do end up hating every character at some point.

TL;DR

A woman named Thursday, in a non-traditional polygamist relationship, discovers the identities of the other two wives married to her husband, Seth. Thursday has an agreement with Seth that while polygamy is ok, the women agree to not know each other or be a part of their lives, the only person in common is Seth. However, Thursday can’t help herself and once she accidentally discovers the name of the third wife, she wants more information about who they are. Her investigative work leads her to discover that she may not know the truth about her husband, including his temper and the abuse he inflicts on his other wives.

TOE BEANS VALUE

From 1-10 toe beans value, The Wives gets a 3. I liked the book, I’m glad I read it, but I don’t think I need to hold on to it as part of my permanent collection. I’m actually quite thankful for this book as it’s pulled me out of a long reading and blogging slump (hi again!).

I was having a hard time reading during quarantine; I couldn’t sit still and I couldn’t focus, but I had to read this book for a work-based book club that I was leading. Once I actually started, it felt great to be back in the saddle. And then I wanted to feel the same with my blogging. The feeling of trying to blog after not blogging for so long is pretty unbearable. I get alerts of other book bloggers submitting daily reviews, and while this blog is really more for my own amusement, I still felt the pressure and like I’d let myself down more than anything. But here I am, blogging again and making no promises other than to do what feels right.

So thank you Tarryn Fisher because your book was a wild ride, with fast storytelling at the start that had me guessing through to the final word. I think one of the most frustrating and beautiful parts of this book is that Fisher has woven a story so clouded in delusion, lies, and manipulation, that it’s hard to believe the truth even when it’s given to you. One of the many points discussed in book club was if certain events actually happened, and while it can be frustrating as an individual reader, it creates a spark within a group discussion that I always enjoy. When plots are tied up too nicely at the end, it can feel disappointing. Fisher gives you enough ribbon to start a bow, but not quite enough to really pull through which is exactly why this book deserves to move on to friends who have also had trouble reading in quarantine.

Has anyone else had trouble reading? If so, was there a book that reignited everything for you?

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