If you read Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick you know that he writes very sinister fiction---Reliable was a debut novel and a tough act to follow. However, Heading Out to Wonderful is just as compelling and equally dark.
Charlie Beale arrives in Brownsburg with two suitcases---one full of knives ,the other full of cash. We do not get any back story to why or how he accumulated the cash. But he soon gets a job and he is the best butcher ever---so we know why he has the knives. He soon falls in love with the wife of the richest man in town, Boaty’s wife Sylvan Glass---Sylvan was not her birth name but we are never told that as it would be according to her, unbelievable. Many questions are never answered: Where did Charlie come from? What is his background? What about family and why did he take a five year old for his meetings with Sylvan? Charlie also has a problem being contained in a house and prefers sleeping on the ground by his river land.
In spite of unanswered questions and unreasonable behaviors this is a great read---unputdownable.
Request Heading Out to Wonderful from the Bangor Public Library