A Reliable Wife

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Algonquin Books, Mar 31, 2009 - Fiction - 291 pages
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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.

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User Review  - micahmom2002 - LibraryThing

The plot was interesting and had so much more to offer if explored. I was creeped out by the authors obsession with sexual thoughts and actions that overpowered the plot and characters as a whole. i ... Read full review

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User Review  - RalphLagana - LibraryThing

Pros: If you enjoy dark, tortured types, then this is for you. The book is relatively quick to read because the writing is not complex syntax-wise. Cons: Too dark..even for me. I got tired of the ... Read full review

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Robert Goolrick was born in Virginia and attended Johns Hopkins University. He worked in the advertising field for many years and wrote his first published novel, A Reliable Wife, in 2009. He also published a memoir entitled, The End of the World as We Know It. Goolrick resides in Virginia with his dog, Preacher.

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