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A Reliable Wife

A Novel
Goolrick, Robert (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A Reliable Wife

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Rural Wisconsin, 1909. In the bitter cold, Ralph Truitt, a successful businessman, stands alone on a train platform waiting for the woman who answered his newspaper advertisement for "a reliable wife." But when Catherine Land steps off the train from Chicago, she's not the "simple, honest woman" that Ralph is expecting. She is both complex and devious, haunted by a terrible past and motivated by greed. Her plan is simple: she will win this man's devotion, and then, ever so slowly, she will poison him and leave Wisconsin a wealthy widow. What she has not counted on, though, is that Truitt -- a passionate man with his own dark secrets --has plans of his own for his new wife. Isolated on a remote estate and imprisoned by relentless snow, the story of Ralph and Catherine unfolds in unimaginable ways. With echoes of Wuthering Heights and Rebecca , Robert Goolrick's intoxicating debut novel delivers a classic tale of suspenseful seduction, set in a world that seems to have gone temporarily off its axis.
Authors: Goolrick, Robert, 1948-
Title: A reliable wife
a novel
Publisher: Chapel Hill :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 291 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Robert Goolrick
ISBN: 9781565125964
Branch Call Number: FICTION GOOLRICK 2009
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Report This Feb 05, 2014
  • rowanquincy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this and will seek out more books by this author. Intriguing characters and I never could anticipate how it would end up.

Ohj, i got to say that this book was awesome, he is a great author, i couldnt put this book down, i got to look for more books of him,,; )

Report This Oct 31, 2013
  • millwood rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I don't get why people liked this book so much. Most of the plot revolves around the author telling - character changes and attitudes change suddenly and for little reason. I finished it, but only on the basis of the good reviews, and was disappointed I put the time in.

Report This Oct 16, 2013
  • bbonier rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I have conflicting feelings about this book. The words flow easily, but the characters are dark and disturbing. Parts of it were predictable, which wasn't necessarily bad, but I couldn't wait for the story to be over.

Report This Aug 02, 2013
  • awannam rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very well written book and interesting on many levels. The story is a dark one and ultimately it is a character study of the three main people in the book. The book is also about healing and how love can develop when totally unexpected.

Report This Jul 25, 2013
  • empbee rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Entertaining reading with some Dickensian elements, 19th century boredom wasted and spent life with no future. You can't save everyone; you can't escape your past.

Report This Mar 22, 2013
  • wiredonjava rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This author has done it again! Such insight on complicated human behaviour & a good reminder to avoid the 'leeches' of society.

Report This Jan 23, 2013
  • jeanie123 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This novel has some very dark and disturbing themes as each character descends into the realm of despair and madness and then rises up ever so slightly to a place of survival. I thought is was well written and worth reading.

Report This Jan 16, 2013
  • HopeButterfly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really am glad that I stumbled upon this author. Very strange writing but intriguing just the same. I really enjoyed this story..... I read his other 2 and I felt the same way with them also. Thanks for the good read Mr. Goolrick!!

Report This Dec 06, 2012
  • hiking1957 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This wasn't what I thought it was going to be and definitely not something I would normally say that I would like, but I did like it. The twists and turns were surprising and I had a hard time putting it down. Good thing I was traveling with a long lay over so that I could finish this one quickly.

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Report This Jul 16, 2009
  • VeganGreen rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

She loved the smell of the books from the shelves, the type on the pages, the sense that the world was an infinite but knowable place.


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