Sample Saturday – a missing teenager, a bad marriage, and New York by foot


Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.

Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda

Why I have it: Because I heard it described as an ‘urban opera’.

Summary: Teenage girl goes missing from her Brooklyn home. It’s mysterious.

I’m thinking: Yes, will be filing it away as a beach-read. I liked the line “Summer is everybody else’s party. It belongs to… Puerto Rican families with foil trays of meat, sending charcoal smoke signals in the air…”.

The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison

Why I have it: No idea.

Summary: Jodi and Todd, married.  He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose.

I’m thinking: No. I suspect it’s a Gone Girl rip-off (and I didn’t really like that book much).

The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City by William B. Helmreich

Why I have it: Read an interview with the author.

Summary: Helmreich walked every inch of New York –  every block of all five boroughs – and spoke to hundreds of people along the way. This is his (and their) story.

I’m thinking: Not now (but will read it before my next visit to NYC. Because it will happen again).

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