cover image The Wives

The Wives

Tarryn Fisher. Graydon, $16.99 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-1-525-80978-1

Thursday , the unreliable narrator of this engrossing psychological thriller set in the Pacific Northwest from Fisher (Folsom), tries to be the perfect wife for Seth , her perfect husband. The only problem is her awareness—and seeming acceptance—of sharing Seth with two other wives who live in another city. Her carefully constructed world begins to unravel when Thursday finds out by chance the name of one wife, Hannah, who’s pregnant with Seth’s child. With an internet search just a few keystrokes away, Thursday gives in to the impulse to find out about Hannah and the other wife. Her discoveries open up the disturbing possibility that Seth is hiding a dangerous secret that could affect the life of his unborn child. She resolves to meet the other wives and to save Hannah. In doing so, she forms some surprising alliances. Fisher smoothly inserts moments of self-doubt, longing, paranoia, and triumph into her unsettling narrative as she draws the reader into Thursday’s conflicted and increasingly complicated life. Suspense fans will be rewarded. Agent: Jane Dystel, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. (Dec.)