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 the enigmatic and lonely Ralph Truitt had a plan of his own. And what neither anticipated was that they would fall so completely in love.

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.


"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."

–The Washington Post

"Robert Goolrick's A Reliable Wife is my must-read recommendation… This engrossing and addictive novel will leave you both chilled and satisfied."

–Chris Livingston, NPR

"A thrilling, juicy read… The writing is beautiful and the story is captivating. It's a real page-turner"

–The 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