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: 9780349122366
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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

    A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick 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 A Reliable Wife Thorndike Press Large Print Core Robert A Reliable Wife and millions of other books are available for instant access view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook Enter your mobile number or email address below and we ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. A Reliable Wife ReadingGroupGuides A Reliable Wife Upon reading the opening chapters of Robert Goolrick s debut novel, A RELIABLE WIFE, you might for a moment think that you ve read this one before It s , and a wealthy Wisconsin widower, Ralph Truitt, is waiting at the local train station for his mail order bride to Summary and reviews of A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick A Reliable Wife leaves much unanswered Many things happen and the logic with the decisions made on these plans by the characters create such a frustration while reading, that I wanted to slam the book down and forget it. A Reliable Wife Summary Study Guide BookRags This detailed literature summary also contains Topics for Discussion and a Free Quiz on A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick This novel of sexual intrigue, betrayal, and redemption concerns the experiences of two principal characters, Ralph Truitt and Catherine Land, who at first appear to be very different but are ultimately quite similar. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick, Paperback Barnes A Reliable Wife is eminently readable and should delight fans of old fashioned Gothic romances Goolrick is a solid wordsmith, and he handily manages the impressive task of making readers care about a woman bent on cold blooded murder. A Reliable Wife NPR A Reliable Wife NPR coverage of A Reliable Wife A Novel by Robert Goolrick News, author interviews, critics picks and . A Reliable Wife book by Robert Goolrick Thriftbooks A RELIABLE WIFE starts out innocuously as what one might think is a common theme written about before the early s mail order bride story We have seen this A Reliable Wife A romantic thriller set in rural Wisconsin in , where a widower places a newspaper ad a wife and a scheming former courtesan answers the call. a reliable wife Download eBook pdf, epub, tuebl, mobi a reliable wife Download a reliable wife or read online books in PDF, EPUB, Tuebl, and Mobi Format Click Download or Read Online button to get a reliable wife book now.

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    1. 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.

    259 thoughts on “A Reliable Wife”

    1. **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 en [...]

    2. 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 so [...]

    3. 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 more on t [...]

    4. 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 get [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 o [...]

    7. 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 fram [...]

    8. Cuando terminas de leer un libro como éste, no puedes dejar de preguntarte cómo puedes transmitir todo lo que sientes, en unas pocas palabras. O cómo puedes plasmar las sensaciones que anegan tu alma, sin hacer antes un dibujo de cada palabra; de cada párrafo; de cada página que has pasado, ávida. Sencillamente es imposible. Es como querer retener un puñado de aire en un puño cerrado. Sólo puedo decir que olvides la carátula, que olvides la sinopsis, que olvides estas palabras y lo lea [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. 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 more 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 for [...]

    12. 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 [...]

    13. 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, [...]

    14. 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 t [...]

    15. 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 naïve as she had hoped. [...]

    16. 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- [...]

    17. 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.

    18. 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 bot [...]

    19. 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. [...]

    20. 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 th [...]

    21. 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 uninteres [...]

    22. 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 [...]

    23. 2 stars: "It was okay."Well written, but I wanted more gothic trappings--more twists and turns, more creaking stairwells, more 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!

    24. 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 bo [...]

    25. 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 [...]

    26. 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 [...]

    27. התלבטתי בין כוכב לשניים, בין ספר סתמי לספר רע והחלטתי שהוא סתמי אבל אחרי שכתבתי את הביקורת שלי החלטתי שהוא באמת היה רע ובזבוז זמן משווע. דווקא בבסיס של העלילה ישנו משהו מעניין, קתרין לנד עונה למודעה בעיתון של גבר עשיר, ראלף טרויט, המחפש אישה אמינה. אחרי התכתבות הוא מזמין אותה א [...]

    28. 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 [...]

    29. 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 Confess [...]

    30. 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 p [...]

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