Saturday, May 8, 2010

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

This is my read for the Take Another Chance Challenge task 2:  Find a blogroll at either your book blog or a book blog you like that has at least 15 book blogs on it. Go and, using the True Random Number Generator, enter the number 1 for the min. and 15 for the max. and then hit generate. Then find the blog that is that number on the blogroll you selected. (For example, if you get 10 at, then count down the list of blogs until you get to the tenth one). Go to that blog and pick a book to read from the books that they have reviewed on their blog. Read it and write a post about it. Be sure to link to the blog post you picked the book from!

I went Marg's Adventures of an Intrepid Reader, and ended up on The Literate Housewife who had this review up.

A Reliable Wife A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The year is 1907 and a wealthy widower Ralph Truitt places an ad in the paper for a "reliable wife". Catherine Land responds and arrives with the intention of marrying him and slowly poisoning him with arsenic. I must admit I was totally drawn into this novel. The meandering prose is a fitting accompaniment to the rather depressing setting and self-indulgent musings of the characters. All three main characters are seriously flawed to the point that you wonder whether they are broken past the point of redemption. While realistically the plot couldn't end in anything but tragedy the author did leave the at least some of the characters with hope for the future which I was happy about.  Dark but satisfying, one that stays with you after you've finished reading.

1 comment:

Jenners said...

Sometimes dark is just what I'm in the mood for, but I think I would need at least ONE sympathetic character perhaps!