9 Oct

I took my sweet time reading A Reliable Wife. Not because the storyline was all that great but because the prose was. When I first read the reviews, especially those dealing with ‘graphic’ content, I almost didn’t buy this book. Yes, there is an overkill of lust and lustful thoughts, and some of the details in describing that lust is indeed graphic, but the writing is suburb and carefully told so as not to make this book ‘porno’ graphic.

There is an underlying miasma. A story beneath the story that is intoxicating, and moves the central characters along in a flawless rhythm. This gothic plotline is a telling of two lost people who come together. Each within their own agenda, each having to shed baggage before they can move forward. And each within the specter of a dark, relentless and perverse dread.

Shimmering in passion. Relentless and absorbing. Near sinister. Mind bending in the shift that takes place about half way through. Goolrick has cast his spell. I am totally under.


Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill 2009/Workman Publishing. First edition, 19th century historical fiction – Gothic psychological thriller 291 pages


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