Sample Saturday – house-sitting, a murder, and a missing wife


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.

Care of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles

Why I have it: One of those books that independent booksellers were raving about a few years ago.

Summary: Oskar, a ‘minimalist composer’ has to make a trip. He entrusts a friend to look after his cats and take care of his perfect apartment. Despite leaving detailed instructions, one tiny oversight initiates a disastrous chain of consequences.

I’m thinking: Yes – I just loved the description of the apartment.

“Taste and money had met in the crucible of this space and sublimed.”

A Child’s Book of True Crime by Chloe Hooper

Why I have it: I picked it up after reading The Engagement (yes, years ago!).

Summary: Schoolteacher Kate is having an affair with the father of one of her students. Her lover’s wife has just published a true-crime story about a brutal murder.  Kate herself has become obsessed with the murder and writes her own version of what happened – this one for children, narrated by Australian animals.

I’m thinking: Yes – the opening chapter’s a ripper.

Tell No One by Harlan Coben

Why I have it: No idea.

Summary: David Beck’s wife was taken (presumably murdered) eight years ago. A message appears on his computer, a phrase only he and his dead wife know. Suddenly Beck wonders, is she still alive?

I’m thinking: No.

Have you read any of these? Yay or nay?


8 responses

  1. I bought A Child’s Book after reading (and loving) The Engagement. Did it live up to my hopes? Unfortunately not. I felt the author was trying to do too much rather than just be clever with doing one thing well (as she did with The Engagement – focus on contemporary gothic with an Aussie twist). Regardless, glad I read it as I won’t be left wondering.. It’s a fairly quick read.

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