Friday Five Challenge ~ Would you Buy or Pass?

Rosie Amber’s Friday Five Challenge, involves taking only five minutes to choose a book cover which appeals instantly. So take a few minutes, pour yourself a coffee…..and have a browse.


In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?

AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?

My Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….

1) Go to any online book supplier,

2) Randomly choose a category,

3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,

4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book, and any other details.

5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,

6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?

I decided to explore Kindle Exclusives for this week’s challenge. Just as I was about to give up and choose another category I spotted this. A Means of Escape by Joanna Price.


It’s the first book in a series under Crime, Mystery, Thriller (why do I keep being drawn to these) Actually it was the cover picture of the Tor that did it. Glastonbury is a place I visit fairly often and it was the appeal of reading a story set somewhere I’m familiar with. The description reads…

A grizzly and cold November morning. Detective Sergeant Kate Linton is called on Glastonbury Tor where a young woman has been strangled. Twelve holes are found at the scene, surrounded by wax, evidence of garden flares – the only connection to two other unsolved cases. When another young woman and a TV celebrity go missing, Linton is in a race against time to find the serial killer before he strikes again. But, when her journalist ex-boyfriend is singled out as a chief suspect, Linton feels that events are heading a bit too close to home. A Means of Escape presents an intricate, gripping mystery plot, combined with a focus on the heroine’s personal life as she juggles an unwelcome attraction for her good-looking and charismatic superior with her efforts to become closer to her estranged family. A Means of Escape is the first in a series of psychologically driven crime novels.

Pages: 360

Kindle Price: £2.90/$4.51

The overall reviews on Amazon UK come in at 4.2* with only 9 in the 2/3* range from a total of 50. The reviews I glanced at seemed genuine, from people who had reviewed other books. The Amazon US site had only 3 reviews – 2 x 4* and 1 x 3*. I like the book description, it does the job and is a good draw if this is your genre of choice. And, as I mentioned, I like the location. It’s  getting up there in price for a Kindle copy and although the book does have an appeal, I like the psychological aspect, there are quite a few of the crime/mystery category already in my TBR queue. So would I..

BUY or PASS? ~ I’d PASS.

This is one I’ll make a note of though, and probably buy at some point when my reading list is a little shorter. 

If you’d like to enter next week’s challenge check out Rosie’s blog to read about the Friday Five Challenge.

8 thoughts on “Friday Five Challenge ~ Would you Buy or Pass?

  1. I love Glastonbury and we’re heading there again this summer. I agree that reading about an area you know adds another element. I would BUY this as it sounds a bit ritualistic (right up my street!) It also has a Broadchurch feel about it, and I enjoyed that TV series. Great choice.

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  2. Great choice, isn’t it Glastonbury music festival this weekend? So perhaps one for those getting into the mood of the area. Not sure the book cover will mean much to anyone who doesn’t know about the Tor, so a bit of a gamble with the picture. I’m not quite convinced that the book cover tells me the book genre and I would probable pass it by.

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  3. I don’t like crime detective mystery type stories much (always too many long explanations), so a pass from me, but yes, I can see why this would appeal to many.

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  5. Sounds interesting – but I agree with Rosie that the picture is a bit of a gamble as it won’t mean anything to many people. It seems to be one of those that would make me think ‘maybe’ and then move on. Love Glastonbury though (the place, not the festival!).

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