The Wives | By Tarryn Fisher
Narrative and Plot
Most books use narrative as the inevitable tool to tell their stories. The Wives – the entire story- however rests on whether or not you buy into the narrative. Since revealing anything more would be a spoiler, I am trying to refrain from it. Whether this is a hit or miss largely depends how you perceive the narrative. It builds the plot and they’re both deeply interconnected.
This book is a genius in its use of constructing the plot and suspense largely around the narrative. It will keep you on your toes. However, the latter half of the book is a bit misleading. Perhaps, the subtle technique was stretched a little bit too much. There is a time to drop the charades and actually get into the plot. But it just gets twisted till the end. If you’re a fan of such a tangled plot, you may really enjoy this. If not, you won’t be able to immerse yourself in the story.
Characters and Conflicts
The main protagonist is Thursday. You see the entire world through her eyes. It is hard to invest into any other character based on her revelations. However, Thursday is curious to find more about her husband and as a reader you are equally clueless as her. It makes the journey interactive as her doubts are transformed into your thoughts about each character and their motives. You have no other option but to rely on her.
The central conflict of the book will be Thursday struggling to cope with her polygamist lifestyle and wanting to dig deeper. Only, when she does that, her life gets more and more tangled into deep buried secrets and dark truths. This definitely is a thrilling experience. The twisted story line and the unreliable characters will take you on a thrilling journey. To some the method may feel questionable because the ending is not doing justice to the entire web of intrigue it creates throughout the book.
In a nutshell, you should definitely go into this book if you love the twisted psycho thriller genre. The entire experience is worth it. However, whether you come out of it extremely loving the whole idea or somewhat like a roller coaster rider depends on your ability to take in the twisted plot line. I read it once and I don’t think I am going back for another round.