Title: A Reliable Wife
Author: Robert Goolrick
Genre: Historical/General Fiction
The Blurb: 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.
My Thoughts: The blurb makes A RELIABLE WIFE seem like an open and shut potential murder case; but if you think that then you would be very much mistaken. The Gothic story is multi-layered and complex; the relationships twist and turn so the readers really don’t know who is betraying whom, and what the alliances are at any one time. I have to confess that reading A RELIABLE WIFE took patience, which I am the first to admit I don’t always have. However, despite the angst the story kept me wanting to know how it was all going to end. Author Robert Goolrick has written a very dark book about three very unhappy people, each psychologically damaged in their own way, all worthy of being locked up, but each struggling to find their happy place in the world. Often far fetched, with lots of long, detailed descriptions of the same things and feelings over and over again, yet something about the story kept me going to the end. I would recommend this to other people to read – but probably not just before Christmas!
Rating: C – Above Average is very readable and enjoyable
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