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 clicked on Discover The Best Debuts and found this one…
A gripping psychological thriller about a missing child and how the public can turn on a mother following a single, momentary mistake
Rachel Jenner turned her back for a moment. Now her eight-year-old son Ben is missing.
But what really happened that fateful afternoon?
Caught between her personal tragedy and a public who have turned against her, there is nobody left who Rachel can trust. But can the nation trust Rachel?
The clock is ticking to find Ben alive.
WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Tightly focussed and fast-paced. You won’t rest until you really know what happened (Lisa Ballantyne)
Deft, tense and utterly gripping, Burnt Paper Sky stays with you long after the final page has been turned (Tim Weaver – author of Never Coming Back)
This pacy, emotional and expertly characterised novel’s sure to follow in the footsteps of fellow thrillers such as The Girl On The Train and Gone Girl by soaring to the top of the bestseller charts (The Media Eye)
Kindle price ~ £4.99/$7.87 for 496 pages
The reviews are mostly all good. Fifty six reviewers rated it 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon UK, with 46 of those 5*. Amazon US has 7 5* reviews, which look authentic. A number of reviewers consider it a ‘self assured’ or ‘brilliant’ debut novel.
The book cover stood out with the black background and the flaming lettering, and interestingly one reviewer asked the author the question I was wondering myself. Why the book is called Burnt Paper Sky. This is the answer….She says it comes from; a reference to the moment Rachel loses Ben: ‘I glimpsed the sky above, and I could feel darkness starting to push in as surely as fire creeps across a piece of paper, curling its edges, turning it to ash. In that moment, I knew Ben wasn’t there.’
Burnt Paper Sky is written alternately from the perspectives of Rachel, Ben’s mother and Jim Clemo, the detective in charge of the case, with additions to the narrative such as blogs, emails and comments on social media sites. The story does intrigue me and the reviews are very encouraging coming, so it seems, from bona fide reviewers.. so is it a..
BUY or PASS? At the moment it’s a PASS but it’s going on my list of books to look at again when I’ve whittled down my TBR list. The Kindle price is a little high, the paperback is only £5.59, so if the kindle price hasn’t come down, I’d probably opt for the paperback.
If you’d like to enter next week’s challenge, and the more the merrier, check out Rosie’s blog to read about the Friday Five Challenge.
More Friday Five Challengers’ choices
Rosie searched for Magpie and found a murder/mystery!
Shelley found a gypsy romance
Liz went for adventure on the high seas
Barb chose to explore being a granny – good or bad?
Wendy found cupcakes and crime