A Reliable Wife

A Reliable WifeA Reliable Wife Read Author Robert Goolrick Capitalsoftworks.co.uk 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 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 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 entire threads are dropped for chapters, then picked up and continued far too late The entire thing culminates in rape and death The husband, a Mary Sue who forgives far too much, is utterly unbelievable as a wealthy, lonely man who advertises for a wife The wife, a well versed courtesan, comes across as flighty at best She waxes poetic for several pages about her supposed resolve, only to s
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 some readers Peronally, I seen it coming It s a bit twisted, much like the rest of the novel Truitt is always thinking about sex Catherine is always thinking about sex Moretti is always thinking about sex And I don t mean simple sexual thoughts like, Oh, I d like to go a round or two with that. but thoughts like He wanted to slice her open and lay inside the warm blood of her
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 on that later Catherine Land is a woman with a plan and a mission She is to marry Ralph Truitt, then slowly poison him until he dies and she becomes sole possessor of all his possessions After this she will reconnect with her lover, Tony Moretti But Tony Moretti is actually Antonio Truitt, Ralph s non biological son Sounds like a soap opera, doesn t it Catherine and Antonio or Tony, whichever you prefer set all of this up You see, when Catherine saw Ralph s ad in the paper and showed it to Antonio it raised all of his old hatred for his father He saw his father s loneliness as the perfect why to not only get back at his father but also to kill him All he had to do was get Catherine to do his dirty work.So, Catherine marries Ralph and soon after she is sent by R
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 gets in the way of her plans and his, too is the crux of the story and I couldn t turn the pages fast enough I so, so wanted this to have a happy ending but considering the subject, I wasn t sure it would And how did it end You ll have to wait to read the book I think this is good for bo
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 fiction and my distrust of modern authors to capture the right attitude of sex in historical fiction, I found myself believing all these characters in the shady side of town I think Goolrick got the flavor of the era right The characters were a little too much European flavored tragic, but I liked that nobody was perfect and I didn t know if good or evil would prevail in them.While Goolrick has some beautiful, poetic moments with his writing, he relies on them too heavily to tell his story instead of just telling the story The number o
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 frame There was no particular reason to read each sentence although I did, dutifully Once something got established it was repeated in a way that reminded me of the Lutheran masses of my childhood the minister would repeat the sentences with slight variations, it was a style appropriate for the ecclesial layout of a point the device had a hypnotic quality Here I found myself turning the pages listlessly, unengaged there was no food there There are a million refer
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 of those stories that I know will stay with me for a long time, but also one I m not sure I could reread Ralph Truitt places an ad for a reliable wife in the classifieds and Catherine Land answers He speaks to her through letters and she sends a picture and he in turn sends her a train ticket to come live with him as his wife When she arrives she looks nothing like the picture she sent and he realizes that the woman he has brought into his life is not what she seems But then, neither is Ralph Truitt His past is dark and his future is uncertain will he ever find love or any kind of release from the tedium of his life I enjoyed this book immensely, but this story was like driving past a car crash that you have to slow down and stare at, hoping to see something grues
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This book just made it into my TWISTER HALL OF FAME at www.booksbejeweled.comIf 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
How does one go about finding the most unreliable wife, since, well, ever, while looking for her complete opposite Mr Ralph Truitt is giving the ultimate workshop on wifeal alchemy Reasonable writing though, editing tsk and plot that could have been partially inspired by the movie Original Sin which I happen to love Overall sensual enough to be non sensical A slightly deranged sex starved male protagonist Q Sex was all he thought about in the dark In every house, he thought with fascination, there is a different life There is sex in every bed c who quickly becomes infatuated Q She smiled at him, and he knew then that he would die for her c with our very disappointed in life female opportunist Q Perhaps he loved them and treated them with kindness, with grace and affection The world had not shown her that such things were common, but her unhappiness had been made bearable only by the certain knowledge that somewhere there lived people whose lives were not like her own c Q She would not, could not live without love or money c Q When I have his money, she thought, I will go far away, I will go to a country where I don t know anybody and I don t speak the language and I will never talk to anybody ever again c Caboom Q This begins in a lie I want you to know I know that c Not so fortunate pieces Q Standing in the center of the crowd, his sol

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  • 304 pages
  • A Reliable Wife
  • Robert Goolrick
  • English
  • 25 December 2017
  • 9780349122366