The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
She knows that her relationship with her husband Seth is unusual but it is what she agreed to when they married. She basks in the knowledge that she is his legal wife. After a miscarriage that has left her sterile her role in Seth’s life becomes uncertain because she knows he has two other wives and she’s concerned the newest one will become pregnant with his child. She doesn’t know anything about the other two wives, not even their names. When she finds a doctor’s receipt for a woman named Hannah in Seth’s pocket she can’t fight her curiosity and goes to meet her. She never reveals that she is also married to Seth but during her meeting with Hannah she sees bruises on her body. Is the man she knows to be gentle and kind abusing his other wives?
I found the premise of this book fascinating. Who would agree to a plural lifestyle when you don’t even know the other women married to your husband? She tries so hard to be the perfect wife as the reader and eventually the narrator herself begin to question her life, her husband and her choices. The book was not what I originally expected since it changed from a book about one woman’s life in an unconventional relationship, to a mystery, to a psychological thriller. The publisher is betting this will be one of it’s biggest books in early 2020 so get your holds on now.