A review by leahsbooks
The Wives, by Tarryn Fisher
- Strong character development? No
- Loveable characters? No
- Diverse cast of characters? No
- Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes
I really struggled with Thursday's character from the start. She isn't really a likable character even at the beginning, and I had a really difficult time empathizing with her situation. She's in a marriage with Seth, a man who is married to two other women that she knows nothing about, and although she agreed to this because she is so in love with him, she is chafing against this and has become jealous and suspicious. Initially she seems like she has her life together, but she suppresses how she feels and what she thinks to keep her husband happy.
But when she finds something, she travels down the rabbit hole, and realizes that there's a lot she doesn't know about Seth and the life he lives when he isn't without her. Just like the rest of her life, not everything is what it seems. As she finds out more, his secrets begin to unravel, just as her life does too. I was shocked at what was revealed, and found myself hooked. I couldn't stop listening to the audiobook and just had to find out exactly what was going on. And when I found out what happened, I was astonished.
Tarryn Fisher's writing was incredible, and it was so easy to get immersed in the story. The narrator did a great job as Thursday, and she was convincing in her narration. This was everything I could hope for in a thriller, and reminds me of The Silent Patient and The Woman in the Window.
Graphic: Forced institutionalization, Grief, Infertility, Infidelity, Mental illness, Miscarriage , and Toxic relationship
Moderate: Cursing, Domestic abuse, Emotional abuse, Physical abuse, and Sexual content
Minor: Animal death, Gun violence, and Suicide