Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Beautifully Written Page Turner!

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick is perfect to tuck into on a cold winter's night.  Once you curl up in a chair, be prepared to stay there the entire night, because this book will sink its talons into you and not let go.  If you are looking for a title for your next book club, this should be it.  It will give you enough discussion topics for two meetings.
This is a dark and twisty psychological tale of a woman who answers an ad for "a reliable wife" in 1909 rural Wisconsin.  Sounds simple, right?  A little turn of the century marital story in the bleak Wisconsin winter?  Heck, no.  Stylized and suspenseful, it is the story of a woman who plans to kill her new husband for his fortune.  Slowly.  Believe it or not, that isn't a spoiler, because SOOOO much more happens.  Each plot twist will physically rock you back on your heels.  The characters are scheming and powerful and the plot has more layers and richness than a Sachertorte.  It will transfix you.

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