A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick was the January read for my book club.
Rural Wisconsin, 1909. In the bitter cold, Ralph Truitt, a successful businessman, stands alone on a train platform waiting for the woman who answered his newspaper advertisement for “a reliable wife.” But when Catherine Land steps off the train from Chicago, she’s not the “simple, honest woman” that Ralph is expecting. She is both complex and devious, haunted by a terrible past and motivated by greed. Her plan is simple: she will win this man’s devotion, and then, ever so slowly, she will poison him and leave Wisconsin a wealthy widow. What she has not counted on, though, is that Truitt — a passionate man with his own dark secrets — has plans of his own for his new wife. Isolated on a remote estate and imprisoned by relentless snow, the story of Ralph and Catherine unfolds in unimaginable ways. from: http://www.readinggroupguides.com/guides_r/a_reliable_wife1.asp
This book was quite a departure from our usual type of selection, but I liked it. It was more than a little ‘racy’. The story had all sorts of twists and turns. Just when you thought you knew what was going to happen next – whamo, big plot surprise.
This was a very quick read and not too smarty pants – give it a go and let me know what you think. It’s definitely not great literature, but it is an entertaining read.