The Wives, Tarryn Fisher

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She is Thursday and also Seth's Thursday wife. The first wife is Tuesday and Monday wife is going to give birth soon. Seth's first wife doesn't want to have children, and Thursday knows the existence of Monday wife. Then, she finds a bill from his suit. It's a doctor's bill with the name Hannah. She wonders whether Hannah is the name for Monday wife.

When Thursday is invited to Portland to spend more time with her husband, she can't control herself not to investigate the Monday wife. In a sudden, they become friends after Hannah invites her to go inside her house for a private tour. She gets to know more about Hannah, more than what her husband told her about his Monday wife. She saw bruises on Hannah's forearms, and since then, she has been thinking about those bruises.

Then, she realises the invitation to Portland is not what she thinks. He is asking her to give up their vacation this year because of Monday wife. The baby will be due at that time. She feels being abandoned and decide to meet up with Hannah for breakfast the next day. She wants to know more about her.

Hannah tells her that she is pregnant, resulting from the husband who hid her birth control pills. She assumes Hannah wants to leave her husband but got trapped by the pregnancy. But Hannah tells her that it's not what she thinks.

I'm sorry and feel bad to say that I feel quite sick reading this story. First is Thursday's attitude of accepting polygamy, but getting manipulative and wants to turn into monogamy. She is very aggressive, and I think I will feel scared if I meet her in real. She accepted the polygamy at the beginning. She was one of the wives or mistresses. But she wants to kick out the others from their relationship when she successfully married the husband legally. She always feels she is the best when comparing with other wives and colleagues. She seems like a naive woman who doesn't have a personality.

The worst thing is she is doing a lot of stuff behind the husband. It's scary. When Hannah tells Thursday about the husband's past, what she can think of is Hannah knows more than her and selfishly ignores if anyone in the restaurant heard their conversation. At that time, the most important thing is to get the information from Hannah, but at the same time, feeling hurt that Hannah knows her husband more than her.

I felt pity for Regina because her husband had an affair with Thursday which led to the divorce. And then Thursday forcefully enters the house, keeps harassing Regina with her version of the story, and keeps hammering her with burning questions about her past marriage.

I felt the writing style is quite plain, and the story is very feminine. There were too many irrelevant details which are repetitive in the story, such as hair washing, hair drying and taking shower. I've read about it several times throughout the story. And even she wakes up from the concussion in the hospital, she criticises the nurse's eyebrows which I'm not sure why the author needs to include so many irrelevant opinions about someone's appearance. The main character is very self-centred who only cares about her appearance but criticises other women almost anything.

The writing is very directionless towards the end. The author seems clueless on how to end the story and then simply comes out with something as it goes. As I continued reading the book, it's getting harder to read with weird stuff all over the place. For example, she wants to know the truth about her husband from the ex-wife, which still makes sense. But the reason why she asked the ex-wife whether they had sex when he went to her house was..... I couldn't find the word, not even the word 'speechless'.

"You did." I swipe my hair behind my ears. I don't feel anything; of course I don't. I know Seth has been having sex with his other two wives this entire time. I just made sure the sex with me was better than anything they could offer. I was more waxed, more flexible, more responsive to his touch.

The last ten chapters were torture. I don't have any prejudice against romance writers. I didn't know the author is a romance writer until I read the last part of the book. Now it makes sense of the writing style and the flow of the story, which is so different from other thrillers. I checked on her other books, and most of her romance books have very good ratings. I hope she sticks to her strength or am I the one who overlooked this book? This book is a thriller, not a romance, I assume?

SPOILER WARNING!
  • Thursday sets up a fake account on a dating site to dig more about Tuesday. Regina was the first wife, but she divorced him so he can marry Thursday legally, but the relationship is still ongoing.
  • Seth thought that she is cheating on her, and he threatens her physically. She admits that she met Hannah and knows Regina cheating on him.
  • - Seth tells Thursday that the doctor bill which Thursday found belonged to a woman who stood in front of him during the queue. He wanted to return it to the woman but couldn't find her.
  • Seth asks her whether she had her medicine because she has delusions again. He wants to end their relationship, and she threatens him that she will expose him. Thursday attempts to attack him, and he tries to defend himself. She slips on the wet floor. Seth tries to catch her but ends up both fall in a tangle.
  • When she is in the hospital, Seth tells her that she is very sick and had changed since after she lost the baby. She doesn't believe him.
  • After discharge from the psychiatrist ward, she finds ways to sneak out to look for Hannah. She drives to Portland and knocks on Hannah's door, Hannah doesn't know who she is.
  • Thursday goes to Regina to ask more about Seth. She always thought Regina is part of the plural marriage, but Regina tells Thursday that she never talks to her ex-husband for so many years. The recent one was Seth contacted her about the possibility that Thursday will come to her. Thursday is shocked with what Regina told her. She asked about Seth's parents, who she believed that they belong to a religious group. But Regina tells her that Seth's parents had passed away several years ago.
  • Seth had a psychopath father who killed his wife before he committed suicide. When Seth and Regina married, he told her that he had a mental illness. Regina found out that his father sent him an email about the murder plan, but Seth didn't stop him. When Regina confronted him, he tried to strangle her until she told him about her pregnancy.
  • When Regina asked more details about Thursday's miscarriage, she suspects that Seth tried to kill their babies by giving them tea one week before the miscarriage. Seth told Regina before that he doesn't like to share space with other toddlers. He is the eldest child, and his father has other wives and children.
  • When Thursday triggers the gun to Seth during the confrontation with Hannah, she suddenly remembers that Seth left her for Hannah when she lost the baby. She asked him to come back to her, and she doesn't mind that he married Hannah. They began their second affair.
  • Thursday and Seth never married. Seth had an affair with her when he was married to his first wife, Regina. Regina left him when she found out that Thursday is pregnant. But Thursday lost the baby, and she started become psychotic.
  • Dr Steinbridge tells her that after she discharged from the hospital that day, it was her father that drove her home and stayed with her for a week. But later she fed him with sleeping pill into his dinner and snuck out to drive to Portland.
  • Regina came to visit her when she's in the psychiatrist hospital. Thursday doesn't understand why Regina set her up to go to Hannah's house until Regina confesses that she wanted Thursday to pay for ruining her life. She wanted to make her looks crazy, but she didn't know she was crazy.
  • Seth would never walk again because the bullet passed through his spine.
  • When Thursday finds out that Regina was trying to feed her with all the delusions, she attacks Regina and trying to kill her.

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