Friday, December 31, 2010

A Reliable Wife

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick


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 thoughts

I had a like/hate relationship with this book. The story pulled me in from the beginning. I thought the writing itself was beautiful. The story was good. And then I realized that the main character, Ralph Truitt was obsessed with sex. There was way too much sex in this book for my taste which ruined the rest of the book for me. I did finish it as I wanted to know how it would all turn out in the end but I had to do much skimming to get through it. If sex in a book doesn't bother you, you may like this story. I just couldn't get past it. It was the first book I purchased on my Nook. I am loving the Nook, this book not so much.


  1. I've heard mixed things about this one -- from your description, doesn't sound like it's for me. Thanks for the honest, and helpful, review :)

  2. I've seen a bunch of reviews of this book, but I agree with you that too much sex takes away from the rest of the story and can ruin a book.


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