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A Reliable Wife

A Novel

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#1 New York Times bestseller
USA Today bestseller

He placed a notice in a Chicago paper, an advertisement for “a reliable wife.” She responded, saying that she was “a simple, honest woman.”

She was, of course, anything but honest, and the only simple thing about her was her single-minded determination to marry this man . . . and then kill him, slowly and carefully, leaving her a wealthy widow, able to take care of the one she truly loved.

What Catherine Land did not realize was that her enigmatic and lonely new husband had a plan of his own.

Filled with unforgettable characters, and shimmering with color and atmosphere, A Reliable Wife is an enthralling tale of love and madness, of longing and murder. 

 

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Critical Praise

“A glittering, poisoned ice cube of a tale . . . eminently readable.” —Christian Science Monitor

“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

“This engrossing and addictive novel will leave you both chilled and satisfied.” —NPR

“A thrilling, juicy read . . . The writing is beautiful and the story is captivating. It’s a real page-turner.” —Today Show

“A tantalizing pace that will have you flipping faster and faster through the pages . . .  A beautiful and haunting read, a story about all the different manifestations of love―a story that will stay with you.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Completely original. . . .The unforeseen conclusion provides a big payoff for readers of this tension-laden debut from a promising new talent.” —Booklist

“A sublime murder ballad that doesn’t turn out at all the way one might expect.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

This darkly nuanced psychological tale builds to a strong and satisfying close.” —Publishers Weekly

“I was totally captivated by A Reliable Wife. Raw and lyrical at the same time, Robert Goolrick’s wonderful novel grips the reader with its complex and beautiful story.” —Sandra Brown

“A rousing historical potboiler, an organic mystery rooted in the real social ills of turn-of-the-century America. . . with characters as sensitive, as tortured as any contemporary souls. . . . As surprising, and as suspenseful, as any beach read.” —Boston Globe

“Psychosexual, psychopathic, psycho-everything: Goolrick is out to thrill.” —Independent (UK)

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443454841
  • ISBN 10: 1443454842
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 03/27/2018
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price: 21.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Literary

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

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