04 February 2010

Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
(Kindle Edition)
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 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.

Another book that I couldn’t put down, I found myself adding extra time to my workout while reading it on the recumbent bike.  The Reliable Wife is full of intrigue, subplots, twists and turns.  I absolutely loved it and its two main characters Ralph and Catherine.  Both characters are flawed and damaged yet imminently lovable and relevant.  I would recommend it to anyone who likes to figure out what's going on and loves suspense right up to the end.

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