A Reliable Wife
by Robert Goolrick
Praise For This Book:
"After breaking through with a disquieting memoir ... Goolrick applies his storytelling talents to a debut novel, set in 1907, about icy duplicity and heated vengeance... A sublime murder ballad that doesn't turn out at all the way one might expect." -Kirkus, starred review

A Reliable Wife "generates some real suspense ...This darkly nuanced psychological tale builds to a strong and satisfying close." -Publishers Weekly

"Debut novelist Robert Goolrick has managed a minor miracle. In the kind of precise, literary prose that breathes life into his complicated characters, Goolrick, author of an acclaimed memoir, has also managed a rousing historical potboiler, an organic mystery rooted in the real social ills of turn-of-the-century America. Whether writing about the farms of Wisconsin or the fleshpots of St. Louis, he re-creates a full-bodied, believable environment, and he peoples these worlds with characters as sensitive, as tortured as any contemporary souls. The result is a detailed exploration of love, despair, and the distance people can travel to reach each other that is as surprising, and as suspenseful, as any beach read." -- Boston Globe

A "glittering, poisoned ice cube of a tale ... Has a little of the Gothic feel of Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca--complete with a dead first wife, suspicious housekeeper, and gorgeous mansion ... A Reliable Wife is eminently readable and should delight fans of old-fashioned Gothic romances . . . Goolrick is a solid wordsmith, and he handily manages the impressive task of making readers care about a woman bent on cold-blooded murder. And generating the proper Gothic ambience in Wisconsin is no mean feat." -- Christian Science Monitor

A "fierce and sophisticated debut novel... In its best moments, A Reliable Wife calls to mind the chilling tales of Poe and Stephen King, and at its core this is a tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions. It melds a plot drenched in suspense with expertly realized characters and psychological realism. The fate of those characters is in doubt right up to this relentless story's intense final pages, and Goolrick's ability to sustain that tension is a tribute to his craftsmanship and one of the true pleasures of a fine first novel." -- Bookpage

"A weighty psychodrama laced with Hitchcockian suspense."-- Time Out New York "[A] beautifully written, beautifully dark book. Goolrick is a superb writer."-Chicago Sun-Times

"A killer debut novel ... suspenseful and erotic ... [A] chillingly engrossing plot ... good to the riveting end." -USA Today

"A gothic tale of ... smoldering desire... The novel is deliciously wicked and tense, presented as a series of sepia tableaux, interrupted by flashes of bright red violence... Once you've fallen into the miasma of A Reliable Wife, it's intoxicating." -Washington Post "A killer debut novel ... Suspenseful and erotic ... [A] chillingly engrossing plot ... Good to the riveting end." -USA Today

"A gothic tale of ...smoldering desire ...The novel is deliciously wicked and tense, presented as a series of sepia tableaux, interrupted by flashes of bright red violence ... Once you've fallen into the miasma of A Reliable Wife, it's intoxicating." -The Washington Post

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