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A Reliable Wife: Did the editor and I read the same story?

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From Algonquin books: 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.

I’m not sure the people from Algonquin and I read the same book because, although his prose is lovely, Goolrick’s plot is so convoluted and contorted that I lost interest about a quarter of the way in. The story was farfetched – and not in a good way.

A Reliable Wife - By Robert Goolrick - Algonquin Books
$23.95. 291 pp.
Two Out of Five Stars



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