This week’s read was Heading out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick.
Maybe you’ve heard of or read A Reliable Wife by Goolrick. That was a creepy (creepy-interesting) book that I remember reading on a plane. I was on the edge of my Delta seat reading as quickly as possible to get to the end because I was immersed in the story and characters.
Heading out to Wonderful did not disappoint. My take is that Goolrick’s writing style is to introduce the reader to the characters and give you just enough to like them and relate to them and then there’s a twist. It happens so quickly you could miss it if you’re not paying attention.
This story centers on Charlie Beale and takes place in Virginia in 1948. Charlie appears in the small town with a suitcase of money and a case of butcher knives. He befriends the town butcher and his family and then Sylvan Glass enters the picture. She turns Charlie’s life upside down. I will tell you this–the ending is not pretty. It kind of took my breath away and left me feeling unsettled. The sign of a good book.