Today it’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour for Audiobook The Wives by Tarryn Fisher. Narrated by Lauren Fortgang.
Tarryn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She lives in Seattle with her children and husband. Her heart is dark but she loves you with it anyway. Tarryn is the founder of Guise of the Villain, a fashion blog, and has written twelve published novels. Tarryn is a Slytherin.
About the book
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?
Referring to the women as days is a really interesting way to debase them. It suggests a bizarre type of equality, anonymity and lack of importance at the same time. Thursday is my day and the others are Monday and Tuesday, until we realise Thursday is actually also her name.
The polygamy plays a huge role in the premise. The suggestion that women should somehow be pleased with their lot as one of many, as opposed to being important enough to be viewed as an individual. The man is omnipotent and worthy of being served by many. Polygamists lie to themselves when they tell themselves a woman is happy in a situation like that, as do the women.
It makes Thursday insecure and paranoid. She thinks about the other wives all the time. Do they satisfy him the way she does? Are they prettier than she is? Does he love them more? When Thursday finds a scrap of paper with the name of a woman in his pocket the ever mounting hill of questions gets the better of her, so she begins to look for them.
I do enjoy it when a read doesn’t evolve as expected. Fisher leads the readers along on the path paved with red herrings – lets us look out of a few windows and open one or two doors and then lets us watch the carefully constructed building of lies crumble all around us.
The narrator, Lauren Fortgang, adds that necessary level of doubt, suspicion, paranoia and almost manic frenzy that’s needed to accurately portray the emotional depth and confusion Fisher creates in her story.
This was my first read by this particular author, but it certainly won’t be my last.
Listening Length – 8 hours 59 minutes, Author – Tarryn Fisher, Narrator – Lauren Fortgang, Whispersync for Voice – Ready, Audible.co.uk Release Date – 30 December 2019, Publisher – HQ, Program Type- Audiobook, Version – Unabridged, Language – English, ASIN- B0817239L3