The Wives – Tarryn Fisher

five stars black
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Publisher: Graydon House
Pages: 256
Release Date: December 30, 2019

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?


The Wives will take you on a journey with so many twists and turns you will not know which way is up, and which is down once you’re finished.

When Fisher announced she was publishing a book with a publisher instead of self-publishing, I knew I had to get my hands on an ARC. Being the little blog that I am, I quickly realized that would be next to impossible. I’m still waiting to be approved or declined on Netgalley. So, when Fisher announced she would be in Toronto for a book signing and giving out copies of The Wives, I bought my ticket and didn’t look back. The four-hour drive to Toronto and back then working the next day was worth it because The Wives will easily make it on my list of top ten books of 2019.

The Wives hooks readers in its first few pages. The main character is the second of three wives of whom she knows no information about, not even their names. One day, when she finds a name and things begin to unravel quickly.

Fisher’s writing is what makes The Wives the success that it is. As you’re reading, you can physically feel the happiness, sadness, and manic the main character feels as she embarks on her information finding mission. As she spirals deeper and deeper, you’ll be on the edge of seat holding on for dear life because you can no longer see where Fisher is driving.

The Wives is best read knowing nothing about it. The only information you should know is that the main character is one of three wives and she’s determined to discover the others.

Overall, The Wives will leave you breathless as you try to reconcile what you read with the revelations revealed at the end of the novel. The Wives was worth every second I spent pinning for it and every second I spent traveling for it.

***I received an ARC from the author/publisher for an honest review.


Have you read The Wives? What did you think?

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