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The Wives

Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
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Summary

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 pretences, 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 realise 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?

©2019 Tarryn Fisher (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A compulsive, brilliant, enthralling thriller...a novel that totally captures absolute love and utter deception, total obsession and cruel betrayal. I was hooked to the very last page." (Sunday Times number one best-selling author, Adele Parks)

"Nail-biting, heart-clenchingly good from the start, with characters that you both root and cringe for. I loved every word." (New York Times best-selling author Alessandra Torre)

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Satisfied my 'wtf tooth'

Oh i loved this, getting inside the mind of Thursday and her world, her life shared with her husband and his two other 'wives'. Everything that came i wasn't expecting. The twists and whys of the relationship. The slowly built plot fitting together piece by piece. I felt for all the characters, hated some and then felt sorry for them at times and hated them again. I didn't know who was what why or where. Brilliant and with an ending i was not expecting. WTF Indeed!

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Different

I was surprised by the end all along I thought Thursday would be one innocent one and have a happy ending . It’s the first one of Tarryn books I’ve listened to will select another now

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An exciting page turner

I really enjoyed this book Twists and turns you never see coming Excellently well narrated

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something different

Yay! You might have realised by now that I like to read. A lot. Crime/thriller used to be pretty much the only genre I read. Thank goodness I started working at the bookshop and discovered autobiographies, popular science and current affairs eh? Anyway, back to crime/thrillers. After a while they all get a bit samey. You learn to see the twists coming way before you are even supposed to be aware there is a twist. You know who dun it. It’s always the husband. Or the wife. Either that or they are just not very good… well thank goodness Tarryn Fisher came along and wrote The Wives! I found this to be unputdownable, a book about a man who has three wives, but no in the sense we have becomes used to from shows like Sister Wives. In the Wives, the three women do not live together, they do not even know each others names. When our narrator, Thursday, goes snooping and discovers that her husband has been beating one of his wives she becomes very concerned (as you would). This is when Tarryn Fisher uses one of my favourite literary devices – the unreliable narrator. It always makes it more exciting and makes twists even twistier. I genuinely could not work out exactly what the twist would be, and it was a good one. The final scene was absolutley brutal, a huge shock that I didn’t even imagine. This was a wild ride from start to finish. If you are fed up with not-so-thrilling thrillers and want something a bit different, then this is the one for you!

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Wow that's some crazy s**t

Wow what a book what a story. A book that lived up to the hype and I'm still confused now I have listen the past chapter twice. The narrator was perfect for the story. I look forward to reading another of this writers books again.

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was not expecting those twist and turns

i really enjoyed this book. great story with twist and turns. the story concept was different to what i usually read or listen. it was nice doing something different