If you want a glimpse of the polygamist lifestyle that blows Sister Wives out of the water, you need to read Carolyn Jessop's book, Excape. Escape shows us the dirty, gritty side of religious polygamy: where wives are treated like property, given no rights and abused. Children are married off for profit and power. Women are forced into marriages, and tears of sadness are not uncommon on a woman's wedding day.
In "Escape," we chronicle Carolyn Jessop's life as she is married to an older man to stop a lawsuit that her father has against her future husband. We learn how Carolyn was abused as a child - and then as an adult. We watch Carolyn's loved ones get auctioned off to older men, barely past the age of eighteen.
From this story, the reader truly feels Carolyn's pain and struggle, and feel horror as you review what she's gone through.
"Escape" is a sharp contrast to the new TLC reality show Sister Wives, in which we watch the lives of a happy polygamist family. Yes, they have their struggles, but they aren't crammed into a house like sardines, and each wife truly is loved.
If you enjoy watching Sister Wives, "Escape" is a must read. However, be prepared to be shocked by what you read.