Review: A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2010

About The Book (from the Author’s Website)

He placed a notice in a Chicago paper, an advertisement for “a reliable wife.”

She responded, saying that she was “a simple, honest woman.”

She was, of course, anything but honest, and the only simple thing about her was her single-minded determination to marry this man and then kill him, slowly and carefully, leaving her a wealthy widow, able to take care of the one she truly loved.

What Catherine Land did not realize was that the enigmatic and lonely Ralph Truitt had a plan of his own. And what neither anticipated was that they would fall so completely in love.

Filled with unforgettable characters, and shimmering with color and atmosphere, A Reliable Wife is an enthralling tale of love and madness, of longing and murder.

My Review – 5 Stars

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick is a dark story about three tragic, lonely and violent lives, set in the long frozen winter of 1907.  Once I started reading this book, I didn’t want to put it down and continued to read almost non-stop until reaching its conclusion.

This story is not for the faint of heart.  The characters are flushed out and raw.  The plot turns expose their seamy sides and, at the same time, we see glimpses of redeeming qualities.  The author’s writing style is heady.  Ron Charles from The Washington Post refers to this novel as “intoxicating.”  (Book Review: ‘A Reliable Wife’ by Robert Goolrick By Ron Charles Washington Post Staff Writer, April 8, 2009)

This dramatic thriller may go into movie production.  Sony Pictures is set to go into production next winter, according to an article by By Mike Fleming Jr. from  February 10, 2014 , “Sony Sets Luca Guadagnino To Helm ‘A Reliable Wife’.

12 thoughts on “Review: A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick”

  1. I think, personally, I would enjoy reading this book. Despite the fact that you said it’s not for the faint of heart. Thanks for sharing!


  2. I have heard about this book during the past year and debated whether to pick it up. I’ve read it’s pretty steamy, not always my cup of tea, but I will consider it based on your review–thanks!


  3. This one has gotten some serious love from bloggers but a real life friend of mine hated it so I’ve been on the fence. I need to bite the bullet and try it to see which side of the fence I’ll land on.


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