Day 16 in #BookSpine365. Visit a title a day from my bookshelf.
Some titles are much more smaller on my shelf, and this is one of them. Standing at a mere pocket sized slim piece of written work, it can easily get lost among the others. The reasoning is simple: it's a sampler. Samplers are often given complimentary, from author to reader to give a taste of what is to come for an upcoming book, or existing title. While it's a great marketing tactic to create buzz around the book, it can also let the reader view a few chapters to see the authors style and perhaps create create a fan base so the reader can purchase past or upcoming titles.
Samplers are pertinent to books. While many ebook titles have made this extremely streamlined and easier, it's the equivalent to perusing your favorite bookstore-you can take in a few sentences or a few chapters---just enough to raise your interests. This copy here has two titles in this sampler: No Second Chance and Just One Look, penned by Harlan Coben. The first title was 49 pages, while the latter was 34 pages, including a prologue. Black and white photographs of the book covers were included inside, as well as half title pages, about the author, and leaves. Small, but mighty.
No Second Chance is available on Signet Paperback.
Title summary: "When the first bucket hit my chest, I thought of my daughter...So begins the explosive novel about the love of a father are against a story where nothing is as it seems---and where hope and fear collide in mysterious ways." Just One Look via A Dutton Hardcover. Title summary: "Her husband had disappeared, her kids have been threatened, the police don't believe her and all her friends seem to have something to hide. Welcome to Harlan Coben's neighborhood."