Friday, February 5, 2010

Book Review: "A Reliable Wife" by Robert Goolrick

A little gothic novel. Nice. It's 1907 in Wisconsin. Ralph Truitt, a wealthy pillar of the community, has advertised in the newspaper for "a reliable wife." Catherine Land, who answered the ad, is on her way to meet Truitt. She has plans of her own; however, she doesn't know what Truitt has in store for her.

I found this book really interesting. While some of the plot was predictable, Goolrick unfolded it in a way that captured my attention. And while Catherine's character—and several others—weren't particularly sympathetic, I definitely found myself interested in what transpired with them. Goolrick did tend to repeat himself several times using slightly different words, but he has a great use of language and really did a great job with building characters and creating an evocative sense of setting. If I had any criticism of the book, I found the ending a bit odd and it didn't quite resolve things for me. All in all, however, I enjoyed this book.

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