by Fisher, Tarryn

A woman in a voluntarily bigamous marriage befriends one of her husband's other wives by chance, only to discover that the gentle husband she knows may be abusing his other families. 10,000 first printing.

Thursday is in a polygamous relationship, the second of three wives of Seth, a builder who divides his time between his offices and wives in Seattle and Portland. A nurse who lives in Seattle, Thursday knows Seth's rules against snooping into the lives of the other wives (whom Seth calls Monday and Tuesday), both of whom live in Portland. But with just one night a week with Seth, jealousy gets the better of her, and she manages to identify and meet the others. Soon she's befriending number three, pregnant Hannah, who shows signs of physical abuse, and sharing sorrow about miscarriages with number one, high-powered lawyer Regina. When an argument with Seth turns physical, Thursday ends up in a hospital psych ward trying to determine what is real and what is not, fighting against the medications that keep her in a drugged state. An intriguing plot takes some sharp twists in the search for the elusive truth in this fast-reading domestic thriller. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Marriage is hard enough without having to compete with two other wives in Fisher's (I Can Be a Better You, 2018, etc.) psychological thriller. Businessman Seth is married to three women. Well, he's actually only legally married to the narrator, a Seattle nurse he only sees on Thursdays. She calls the other two Monday and Tuesday since she doesn't know their names. They're polygamists, but Seth has no interest in a sister wife situation, and he's done a good job so far in keeping the three lives he leads, and the women he leads them with, separate. Until now. In fact, his Thursday wife is getting downright restless. She's tired of living only for Thursdays and is still haunted by the loss of a child. Though she truly believes she loves Seth, she frequently wonders how she lost herself so completely in such an unsatisfying and unbalanced marriage. When she finds a slip of paper with the name Hannah, who she believes is another of Seth's wives (the pregnant one, in fact), a whole new world of snooping opens up to her. She even goes so far as to set up a meeting with Hannah—without revealing her true identity, of course—and is alarmed to see that Hannah is hiding some bruises that look an awful lot like finger marks. What she subsequently discovers leads her down a rabbit hole of startling revelations, and the narrative takes a sharp left turn that would be shocking if most genre readers hadn't already seen similar twists before. It's all a bit over the top, but Fisher is a slick writer who keeps a tight rein on her lightning-fast plot, and the lengths that her feisty narrator goes to in order to reclaim her life make for salaciously satisfying reading. Derivative and shamelessly manipulative but still a lot of fun. Fisher is a writer to watch. Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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