Thursday, January 16, 2014

How Reliable is Your Wife?

A Reliable Wife is Robert Goolrick's debut novel.  It came highly recommended to
me.   The movie is coming soon!  Let’s discuss the novel.


Ralph Truitt has posted an ad for a Reliable Wife.   He thinks that he has found the perfect reliable wife.  The correspondences between him and the woman in the letters seem to be going well.  Then he meets Catherine Land when she gets off the train who is nothing like the woman he wrote to.   Ralph Truitt decides to take her to the house but an accident occurs on the way there.  Catherine ends of nursing him back to health, but this is not what she had planned.  Her plan was to poison him and inherit his estate.   He then makes a request for her to go get his long lost son.  So Catherine leaves but will she find a son willing to come back to his father?  Will her plans change?

My Thoughts:

This novel came highly recommended to me.  I heard that it will also become a movie.  The novel is very well written for a debut author with an intricate plot line.  I had the privilege of listening to it. Mark Feuerstein did an excellent job of bringing this story to life through his narration.  

For me one thing I struggle with is when a great plot line evokes motions.  The themes of this story are revenge, hatred, and selfishness.  The main characters all care about their needs and using one another to get what they want.  There seems to be some hope towards the end of the story.   So this story would not appeal to me personally, but it might to others. 



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