Today’s Debut of the Day pick is A Reliable Wife, the 2009 first novel from Robert Goolrick. Set in small-town Wisconsin in the early 1900s, this Gothic, ominous story is full of dark twists and turns.
In its best moments, A Reliable Wife calls to mind the chilling tales of Poe and Stephen King, and at its core this is a tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions. It melds a plot drenched in suspense with expertly realized characters and psychological realism. The fate of those characters is in doubt right up to this relentless story’s intense final pages, and Goolrick’s ability to sustain that tension is a tribute to his craftsmanship and one of the true pleasures of a fine first novel.
Read the entire review from our April 2009 issue here.