A Reliable Wife

A Reliable Wife 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

  • Title: A Reliable Wife
  • Author: Robert Goolrick
  • ISBN: 9781565125964
  • Page: 235
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 tHe 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 Listening Length 8 hours and 58 minutes

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    • Robert Goolrick

      Robert Goolrick was born in a small town in Virginia and attended John Hopkins University Fired after 30 years in the advertising business, Goolrick wrote his memoir, The End of the World as We Know It Scenes from a Life A Reliable Wife is his first novel.Goolrick currently lives in New York City.



    284 thoughts on “A Reliable Wife

    • Contains Spoilers I read the summary, I was intrigued I read the critical acclaim remarks, I was impressed.I read the book and I was disappointed.While there are several places where the glimmer of genius shone through the prose a turn of phrase or a beautiful sentence it was by far one of the most self indulgent, masturbatory works I ve ever read The Author is far too in love with his writing to see the flaws he creates Four pages of He wanted A convoluted, illogical thought where entire thread [...]


    • They say that men think about sex approximately every seven seconds This book mentions sex approximately every seven seconds and seeing the author is male, I no longer question the seven second theory The storyline is a pretty good idea Man places an ad in the paper for a reliable wife Woman responds with hidden intentions of killing the man slowly with arsenic, making herself a wealthy widow However, upon meeting the man s son, her plans may or may not change The son addition may shock some rea [...]


    • Actual rating 1.5 stars generously rounded up to 2There are some spoilers.This novel centers around Ralph Truitt, a man who s been wronged many times and his misfortunes are far from over Mind you, Truitt isn t a saint, but in this reader s opinion he doesn t deserve what happens to him in this novel.It all starts when Truitt puts an ad in the paper looking for a reliable wife But the women he comes to marry is anything but reliable She s also a faithless scheming bitch, but on that later Cathe [...]


    • Even though I have alredy sent this, I am updating for my Best of 2009 list This was a terrific novel with the gothic feel of past novels such as REBECCA and the recent THIRTEENTH TALE In 1907 Catherine Land answers an ad for a reliable wife to the wealthy businessman Ralph Truitt He knows nothing of her sordid past nor does he have any idea of her plans, which is to leave rural Wisconsin a wealthy widow in her suitcase is a small blue bottle filled with a nasty substance But what gets in the wa [...]


    • Halfway through this book, sick of every character having a wanton, unquenchable libido, I wanted to shout at Goolrick, If you want some that bad, get some and then come back to the story It wasn t raunchy or descriptive or anything like that It was just an undertone that tainted the novel with an erotic feel I didn t question one lustful character with a history of excessive sleeping around, but every single one was a bit much I will give Goolrick credit that despite this being historical ficti [...]


    • At first I was drawn to this book because of it s apparent similarities to the movie, Original Sin, which I happen to love and think is both dark and sexy hey, it s a guilty pleasure This book though, is a lot different from what I originally imagined it would be It s incredibly well written, dark and poetic, sexy, disturbing, and sad I was surprised at some of the twists and turns the story took and I have to say I was pleasantly misled into thinking I knew what was going on This is one of thos [...]


    • I kindled this book, inspired by a stormy Friday night home alone, hoping for a romantic transportation to a Wisconsin winter a century ago The premise is good, some fellow, a rich rural industrialist advertises for a reliable wife and this female character turns up much prettier than the picture she sent, but that is just the least of her deception Anyway, on it goes, murky pasts and dramatic ongoings, but soon I found myself realizing that this book was a hollow, repetitious, skeletal frame Th [...]


    • Cuando terminas de leer un libro como ste, no puedes dejar de preguntarte c mo puedes transmitir todo lo que sientes, en unas pocas palabras O c mo puedes plasmar las sensaciones que anegan tu alma, sin hacer antes un dibujo de cada palabra de cada p rrafo de cada p gina que has pasado, vida Sencillamente es imposible Es como querer retener un pu ado de aire en un pu o cerrado S lo puedo decir que olvides la car tula, que olvides la sinopsis, que olvides estas palabras y lo leas S lo eso.


    • I waited two days from the time I finished this to update my review In all seriousness, I could not decide between three and four I couldn t figure out if I loved it or liked it There were certain parts that I thought warranted five stars, but others that I simply didn t care for The opening scene of Ralph Truitt waiting for the train, with the whispering town all around him was so evocative, desperate, and beautiful The parts in St Louis after Catherine Land found Truitt s son dragged on for me [...]


    • This book just made it into my TWISTER HALL OF FAME at booksbejeweledIf you re in the mood for a quick easy read, you might want to skip this one A Reliable Wife deserves your time to digest, enjoy, study Filled with symbolism and theme, it is one of my all time favorite books It is a suspenseful, plot twisted story that takes place in the early American 1900 s The setting is isolated, cold and creepy and the characters are wholly unpredictable At the heart of the story is a smoldering power of [...]


    • Wow okay, this book got darker and darker, and basically delivered a gut punch that left me reeling and feeling a little sick BUT at the same time, it was beautifully written even as the characters did some extremely ugly things Some of my overwhelmed sick gut punch feelings might have to do with how I gulped down than half the book in one sitting but this also speaks to its addictive readability The twists are classic familiar ones, but I felt were combined in such a way as to form a unique co [...]


    • The story had potential, even though it s been done a hundred times A lonely, rich man places an ad in the paper for a reliable wife, and a beautiful, mysterious woman answers, with the hidden intent of killing him and taking his fortune The main problem I had with this book was the length it could have easily been cut in half had the author not felt the need to repeat and over elaborate on every little detail It took an immense amount of discipline not to fast forward through every other chapte [...]


    • I know they say sex sells, but this was ridiculous If they weren t doing the deed, they were talking about it, or thinking about it, or it was just lingering in the air somehow That by itself didn t make this a bad novel It just lacked so much substance and the intrigue I was hoping for It s like the author relied on sex to make up for a badly executed novel The premise of A Reliable Wife sounded intriguing It s the early 1900 s A guy puts an ad in for a reliable wife and, indeed, gets a wife wi [...]


    • I read this novel in one day, my first novel of 2010, and I could not put it down It is the type of novel that gets under your skin and is difficult to shake for several days It was a unique story, the characters were extremely compelling, and the atmosphere was very dark and Gothic If this novel was ever made into a movie, I would expect it to be set in perpetual snow and gray fog Other reviewers here have set forth the main story here so I won t reiiterate it I agree with those who said they n [...]


    • A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick, ISBN 9781565125964, Algonquin Books 23.95, March 2009 With A Reliable Wife, Robert Goolrick has given us a rare treat, a story so good we are loathe to start another book for fear it will fail utterly in comparison It is 1907 and Ralph Truitt is seeking a wife Catherine Land is the woman who answers his call In the midst of a swirling snowstorm, she steps off of the train and into his life She is not what he expected Nor is he as na ve as she had hoped What fo [...]


    • Beautifully written emotions of loss, love and redemption The plot is well woven and exciting you take a step into the darkness of the heart and of their mistakes and losses of love and finding of new love and chances of redemption You really want love to be found and the relationship to work for the two main characters but also you anticipate who will be killed off an enjoyable easy read, atmospheric set in rural Wisconsin 1907 during bitter cold snowre2read review a reliable wife by robert goo [...]


    • Intense Atmospheric has been compared to Wuthering Heights and Rebecca, and I can see that Sooooo good Some of the sexual content will not be for everyone, and tipped my own scales in terms of comfort level, but I could not let this story go Or maybe it couldn t let me go You just get so consumed by what is going on I had to know how it would end.


    • A Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick, is the story of how Catherine Land answers a rather pathetic sounding classified ad placed by a lonely, tormented rich man From the beginning of her correspondence with him, Catherine is up to no good at all she plans on slowly poisoning Ralph Truitt and having his fortune for herself Automatically, I expected this tale to turn into one of those beautiful, gradual love stories in which Catherine falls in love with Ralph and realizes the dream of having both l [...]


    • Read, read, skim skim skim, read, skim skim, read, skim read Oh dear I found this book hilarious, which is certainly not what the author intended Enough already after ten pages I get the point the guy is damaged and lonely Enough already about snow, enough already about libraries, enough already about oysters and champagne Even enough already about sex Could never have imagined sex scenes could be this boring and repetitious.Sorry for any spoilers that follow, but I couldn t care less I think th [...]


    • This book, the 1 IndieNext list pick for April 2009, is an infinite loop of love turning to hate and hate turning to love and what all that kinetic passion does to the people who experience it Set mainly in rural Wisconsin in the depths of the winter of 1907, this is a story of a wealthy man and his mail order bride at it s very basic root Both of these people have dark histories that they are trying to forget or are they They are strangers to each other or are they All that is true in this book [...]


    • In a word horrible.It s been awhile since I read a book this bad In fact, I may never have read a book this bad.Such things happen.A Reliable Wife starts out slow and never picks up speed The contrived, implausible, paper thin plot took about 70 pages to develop A wealthy, unhappy middle aged man advertises for a wife The rest of the story is filled with wordy sentences, rambling narratives, stumbling dialogue, plot inconsistencies and one dimensional characters so undeveloped and uninteresting [...]


    • A decent, engrossing read, but it s really not anything unique It s a little bit Michael Lesy s Wisconsin Death Trip which Goolrick cites as the inspiration , and a lot Cornell Woolrich s Waltz Into Darkness, which inspired the 2001 film Original Sin with Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie If you re acquainted with any of these works, you ll be in familiar territory here Just cutting to the chase the storyline is predictable and the ending a little unsettled It s not wholly without merit, howev [...]


    • 2 stars It was okay Well written, but I wanted gothic trappings twists and turns, creaking stairwells, sinister secrets but instead, this book is largely about a middle aged man ruminating on sex.And the last thing the world needs is another book about an aging white dude s sex life


    • This was an ok read That was clear from the second chapter I would call this American Gothic It is dark, dealing with the historical time and the relationships involved The richest man in town seeks and finds a wife through a personal ad What he gets is a woman with her own agenda There are back stories and subplots that do tie together eventually Instead of allowing the sexual tension to build as a natural part of the plot, the author took an in your face approach When I finished the book, I fe [...]


    • This book was recommended to me quite some time ago by family members, but the time never seemed right to read it This week, though, as I needed a new book and nothing on my TBR bookshelf appealed to me, I remembered this book and decided to give it a try I m very glad I did.Goolrick has an almost poetic way with the language and builds suspense beautifully in this, his first, novel It is a very gothic tale As I was reading it, for some reason I kept thinking of Edgar Allan Poe, and the poem of [...]


    • I am so good at only reading when I have time but this time I stayed up all night, I did not want to put it down, I was captivated from the very beginning and that feeling never went away Even the ending was as good as the rest of it, and I am convinced that endings are the most difficult part of a book to write.A lonely wealthy man in Wisconsin advertises for a reliable wife His ad is answered, a correspondence ensues and then she finally arrives on the train But who is she really and what are [...]



    • Wow This story was really different I felt conflicted the whole time I was reading it One minute enjoying it, the next not so much I knew going into this that it was going to be a dark story I had read a few reviews beforehand and knew that some people thought it was gratuitous and raunchy Yeah There is a HUGE sex theme running throughout the story And I m not talking about sweet romance kinda lovin It s raw, in your face, raunchy, and even creepy at times I thought it was too much, over the top [...]


    • I can t do it, y all Miserable people are miserabled this book is determined to discuss every nuance of that misery, which is almost entirely rooted in abnormally high libido It s just SILLY.Truly, I ve got nothing against unpleasant people as major players in great books Some of my favorite characters are undeniably obnoxious or even villainous Scarlett in Gone With the Wind Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses Beatrice in Wideacre Jaime in Game of Thrones Erzebet in The Blood Confession But des [...]


    • I picked this book up at the library because of Sara Gruen s author of Water for Elephants comment on the front cover Astonishing, complex, beautifully written, and brilliant Okay, so I haven t read Water for Elephants yet but it s been highly recommended and I have it on my shelf I figured if Sara Gruen was touting this book, it must be pretty good Oh my, it was not what I expected I have never read those dime a dozen romance novels whose covers feature a beautiful woman in a fancy period dress [...]


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