Book Review: The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

Thank you to Graydon House / NetGalley for the digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

ISBN: 9781525809781

Publication: 12/30/19 by Graydon House

336 pages

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

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 pretenses, 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?


Everything is just right, the way he likes is, and thus, the way I like it. It’s not that I don’t have a personality; it’s just that everything I am is reserved for him. As it should be.”

Story |

I was so excited about the concept of this story. A man with multiple wives who don’t know each other, then one decides she’s going to contact the others—that sounds exciting. It is definitely page-turning, but I don’t think it was executed properly. There is a trauma that happens in the book—a miscarriage—and it’s sort of tossed to the side and portrayed as not a valid problem to be traumatized by. It almost seemed like a joke was made of it. Obviously, the author probably didn’t think it would be portrayed that way. I try to make these reviews as spoiler free as possible, so I don’t want to go into more detail than that.

I felt that everything was crammed into the ending of the book. I had 250 pages of a slow-burn thriller, then it all hit the fan. There was so much exposed that I couldn’t keep up with it all. I did like the very last page. I thought it was well deserved. I’m not sure what kind of person that makes me, but I’ll accept it.

Characters |

I felt bad for Thursday and the things she went through in this book. Her mother wasn’t a very good role model—telling her how she should treat her husband. I also wouldn’t be able to handle a husband who’s married to two other women—are you kidding me? There’s going to be some jealousy, and she’s going to want to meet them, eventually. I feel for her. When I read the twist, I was disappointed by how she was actually portrayed. It made me not interested in how it ended.

I hated Seth from the beginning. He didn’t really serve much of a purpose, other than being married to the women. I also didn’t like the other two wives—Monday and Tuesday. We later learn that their names are Hannah and Regina. You’ll soon find out that Regina’s name suits her. She’s a terrible person for what she tells Thursday.

After a while I just didn’t want to read about them anymore. They got on my nerves most of the time.

Writing |

It was very simplistic and easy to read. I didn’t really have any glaring issues with the writing style. It’s about the only thing that redeemed the novel from being a two-star read. It helped me read it in one day.

Overall |

I’ve heard really good things about this, but the more reviews I see on Goodreads, the more I realize that I wasn’t the only person who had issues with it. That’s not to say that it’s a terrible book. It’s just not my cup of tea. I’m interested in more of Fisher’s novels, but I wouldn’t exactly recommend this one. It might be good for people just entering the thriller genre. I’m sad that I didn’t like it as much as wanted to.

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Blogmas Day 19: ARC Book Review: One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski

Happy BLOGMAS Day 19!

One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski

352 pages

ISBN: 9781525832192

Published: 10/1/19 by Graydon House

Genre: Mystery / Thriller

Rating: ★★★✩✩

Thank you to NetGalley / Graydon House for the digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

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Goodreads Synopsis:

It was the perfect place to disappear…

One sultry summer, Maureen Haddaway arrives in the wealthy town of Opal Beach to start her life anew—to achieve her destiny. There, she finds herself lured by the promise of friendship, love, starry skies, and wild parties. But Maureen’s new life just might be too good to be true, and before the summer is up, she vanishes.

Decades later, when Allison Simpson is offered the opportunity to house-sit in Opal Beach during the off-season, it seems like the perfect chance to begin fresh after a messy divorce. But when she becomes drawn into the mysterious disappearance of a girl thirty years before, Allison realizes the gorgeous homes of Opal Beach hide dark secrets. And the truth of that long-ago summer is not even the most shocking part of all…


That had been their mission, all of her friends. One week before college. Get wasted. Let your hair down. Wasn’t that what everyone came here for?

Trigger warnings: Depression, cheating, mention of rape, physical abuse, murder, gambling.

Characters | I didn’t have a particular favorite character. They were all pretty basic as far as thriller characters go. Allison and Maureen were equally interesting to me. You learn a lot about their home lives and their relationship with their parents. You even get a lot of backstories from side characters—Clay and Tammy. I honestly don’t have anything to say about them.

Story | The story is told in two different perspectives: Maureen and Allison. It opens up during the summer of 1986 in Opal Beach. There is a girl at a party who sees a “missing person” poster taped to a pole. Before she can do anything, the paper flies off into the darkness.

Skip ahead to September 2015, Allison is going through a rough patch with her divorce attorney and antidepressants. She used to be a meteorologist at WDLT before she called her ex-husband out on television. Her sister begs her to stay at a beach home during the off-season to get away from her troubles. Her friends know a couple who is going away to Europe, and Allison can watch their cat, Catarina, and watch over the house. 

October 2015: Allison decides to go for it! It’s only a two-hour drive from downtown Philadelphia—between Ocean City and Atlantic City. She stays in the Worthington’s home. It has a lot of upkeep—salt on the windows and the plants need constant attention. 

She goes to a coffee shop called The Sweet Spot where she meets Tammy. Tammy thinks that Allison is somehow related to Maureen. They become friends and Tammy ends up talking about Maureen and her thoughts on what happened to her during that summer.

Don’t let the sunshine fool you into thinking you belong here.”

Alternate timeline: Maureen, June 1985. She works at a carnival with Jacqueline and Clyde, the owner. Unfortunately, she has to deal with Desmond, Clyde’s brother, who always shorts her on her checks. He also watches her change through her trailer window.

One night at a party, Maureen meets Clay Bishop—his family lives next door to the Worthington’s. Him and Tammy save Maureen from Desmond, and the friendship blooms from there. The only hurdle is Mabel, Tammy’s “friend.” She hates Maureen.

Clay has to put up with his father’s shenanigans. You actually deal with Phillip and his brother, Zeke, more throughout the story but I don’t want to spoil anything! Maureen got mixed up in it, and Allison does too—obviously.

There is a lot of back and forth with this novel. I thought I knew what was going on but it threw me for a loop, even though the plot twist wasn’t all that surprising.

Writing | I really enjoyed the writing style. It wasn’t over the top but it wasn’t basic. There were some thought-provoking quotes throughout. I always like the alternating perspectives. It keeps the anticipation going in a thriller.

Overall | Would I recommend this? Yes, to readers who are trying to enter the thriller/mystery genre. If you read a lot of thrillers, then this would probably bore you. That doesn’t mean this was a bad story, it just means that there isn’t anything new being done and that’s okay! I still had a lot of fun reading it, and I would pick up more from this author.

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