A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

This book is currently atop the NY Times Best-Seller List under “Paperback Trade Fiction” (whatever that means).  It intrigued me and that’s why I had to download it on my Kindle.

Disclaimer: “A Reliable Wife” is NOT a happy book.  It is dark, depressing, sad, and any other synonym to those words.  If you don’t like those sort of books, then this one is definitely not for you.  This is probably one of the most depressing books I’ve ever read.  Yet as painful as it was to read, I had to finish it.

The story starts in 1907 with Ralph Truitt, a very wealthy man in his 50′s, waiting at the train station for a woman.  This woman came to him from an ad he put in the papers for a “reliable wife” (meaning a simple woman who could live with him and be a companion of sorts).  A younger woman named Catherine had answered his ad and sent a picture and he paid for her to come to Wisconsin and live with him.  When Catherine arrives, she is not the same woman in the picture (it was actually her cousin), but he keeps her anyway.  They “bond” immediately after he is injured on the ride home and she has to care for his wounds.  Little does Ralph know that Catherine isn’t who she says she is and she has other intentions for her new relationship.

I can’t go into the details of the storyline any further, but I’ll say that the story winds a tale of selfishness, passion, debauchery, sex, drugs, grief, and death (not necessarily in that order).  The book didn’t make me cry or anything, but it was just a very heavy read.  It was an interesting story and shows you the darker sides of city life back in the early 20th century.  Okay, I’m ready to read a light-hearted chick lit book now!

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