Care of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles

Review published on October 1, 2017.

Thanks to a quirky book loving friend, I was given this novel (as I’d never had bought it myself). Imagine a man (name never given) agrees to help out an ex-university friend by flat/cat sitting in a foreign country, but arrives to find a pristine place with obsessive instructions on keeping it clean and doing what he’s told?

It seems like a recipe for disaster and chaos does ensue in many weird guises over only a few days. Yet, the plot sucks you in and you can clearly imagine your own unravelling distress as a series of very unfortunate incidents play out.

I’m not sure book clubs would enjoy it quite so much (unless all male, then they’d probably love it!), but as a individual read, I found it spectacularly accurate in the minute detail of day to day experiences that can shock and surprise all our senses.

The author is unknown to me and this appears to have been his debut. If he keeps up this intriguing intensity of writing, he’s surely got other good ideas to put on paper for us!

Philipa Coughlan 4/3

Care of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles
Fourth Estate 9780007424443 pbk Aug 2012


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