Book Review: The Reliable Wife

I’ve been in a reading funk lately. Nothing could feed my reading appetite for some reason and I was picking up any book that looked merely interesting. Unfortunately, that kept failing. As I was out one day I stopped by a used book store and this particular book jumped out at me. I remember a lot of coworkers reading this book in their book club last year and I had completely forgotten about it!

Enter the book that filled my appetite and was a huge success: The Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick.


I felt like I was reading a classic Gothic novel that had entered the 20th century (it takes place in the early 1900s). This story has a bit of everything in it, which was exactly what I needed. Like I said, I felt like I was reading a classic, yet it had a lot of “junk-food” moments throughout it as well: sexual tension, mystery, love stories, and more.

Here is the official synopsis: 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.

It almost was like reading Gone Girl meets Gone With the Wind …… who would have thought such a mix could exist! I definitely recommend this book, plus the hubs thought it was pretty funny and was a bit scared that I was reading a manual on how to be a reliable wife.

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Now I need to go find my next book to keep this reading happiness going. Any suggestions??


2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Reliable Wife

    • clynnwright says:

      Michele, I haven’t! I have a few other friends that are recommending that as well so obviously I need to go grab it πŸ™‚

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