A Reliable Wife

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Algonquin Books, Jan 5, 2010 - Fiction - 320 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  - BALE - LibraryThing

This book is described as a Gothic novel. At best, it is Gothic lite. The narrator (audio book) did not improve its romance novel-like quality Read full review

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User Review  - kmajort - LibraryThing

OK. Tried this back in fall '10 - didn't get far, like not out of the train station. The main character was soo self-involved.... actually they both were. The author did have moments, some awesome ... Read full review

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Contents

PART TWO
113
PART THREE
187
BEHOLDEN
293
SPECIAL THANKS
294
Chapter One
3
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In addition to his most recent novel, The Fall of Princes, Robert Goolrick is the author of three other books: The End of the World as We Know It, a memoir; his first novel, A Reliable Wife, with sales of more than 1 million copies; and his second novel, Heading Out to Wonderful. He lives in Virginia.

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