Sunday, August 12, 2012

Book Review: A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
Release Date: 5th January 2010
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Format: Paperback 
Pages: 291
Rating: 3.5/5.0

This book was read as part of the 2012 OTS Challenge

Summary from Amazon:
buy the book from The Book Depository, free delivery"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 colour and atmosphere, A Reliable Wife is an enthralling tale of love and madness, of longing and murder."

Its been a while since I read this book now - I don't know why it's taking me so long to get around to these reviews. So, as you can probably imagine, this book isn't fresh in my mind - kinda finding it hard to figure out exactly what I want to say about it. But, to be honest, I had the same problem when I finished the book in the first place. I'm not quite sure about this book. It didn't exactly turn out the way I thought it would, which was probably to be expected because I really didn't know anything about this book going into it. But, I guess I just thought that it would be better.  And some of the themes in this book I really wasn't expecting - and I didn't particularly enjoy them. Overall, this was a good read, with an interesting storyline and some interesting characters, and I would suggest it to anyone who is a fan of this genre or this style of writing. 

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