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A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
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Jun 15, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction, dark-and-twisted, descriptive-prose-most-beautiful, family-dynamics, mystery
Read from June 15 to 21, 2010

Goolrick has a problem; he only got it half right. To his credit, he has constructed a classic, twisting, dark plot; a biblical love triangle rich with symbolism. In addition, his descriptions are impressive and poetic. His downfall is pure brevity. His character's numerous reflections are so self-entangled that it might prove impossible to edit. He choked his own good book to death with verbose soap boxing. Not to needle, but his character development (outside of the fateful three), was parchment-thin. Finally, he also seemed a little too taken with passionate sex scenes (... likely just the prude in me). OK, I'll stop now. I hate to kill a good book, but there are plenty of reasons to challenge Goolrick's Reliable Wife.

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