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A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
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Dec 29, 2009

did not like it
Read in January, 2010

The story had potential, even though it's been done a hundred times. A lonely, rich man places an ad in the paper for "a reliable wife," and a beautiful, mysterious woman answers, with the hidden intent of killing him and taking his fortune.

The main problem I had with this book was the length--it could have easily been cut in half had the author not felt the need to repeat and over-elaborate on every little detail. It took an immense amount of discipline not to fast forward through every other chapter. (If I had read the book versus listened to the audio book, I would have skimmed through pages at a time.) It seemed like the author added pointless storylines to the plot just to pack pages. Nothing but fluff.

I also found the characters weak, boring, and annoying. The three main characters were borderline nymphomaniacs, which got a little monotonous. I'm not disputing the fact that the story required a bit of sex, but really, if I had a nickel for every time the author used the word "desire," I'd have a damn lot of money. Next, please!

Bottom line: boring, boring, boring. I'm being very generous by giving this book two stars. I can't believe NPR recommended this book--I guess there's no accounting for taste.

Koz, if this book is on your to-read list, I suggest you remove it. I can guarantee you'd hate it.
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message 1: by Ginger (new)

Ginger What's this about? Looks compelling.

Jessica S. A historical murder mystery, I think. I read the plot summary on Goodreads, but I originally found it on NPR's Web site. Check it out:

message 3: by Ginger (new)

Ginger Sounds like it might be up my alley. Definitely let me know if you'd recommend it when you're done.

Jessica S. I'm on disc 3 of 8, and this book is losing me fast. Disc 3 was nothing but superfluous sex. The main character is a borderline nymphomaniac who hasn't had a woman in like 20 years, and so the author feels the need to go on and on and on and on about what he wants to do to his new wife. So you want to get her naked--FINE, I get the gist! If I wanted an entire disc devoted to sex, I would have gotten a porno novel. Sheesh. I have no problem with sex when it's used appropriately, but this overkill is taking away from the plot. Get on with it!

message 5: by Ginger (new)

Ginger Can I borrow disc 3? :)

Jessica S. LOL! And I had Madelyn in the car with me! Good thing she can't understand those big words yet.

The CurvyJones I completely agree with you. It would be just as good if it was half as long and half as descriptive.

Kristen Completely agree!

Jules I agree with the repetitiveness. I could have gotten in the first 5 pages in one paragraph about how lonely Truitt is.

message 10: by Dawn (new) - rated it 1 star

Dawn Ashenbrenner Instead of writing a review I would just say "ditto". Yuck! We are discussing this in book club next month and I am curious to see if anyone enjoyed it.

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