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 cheated a little, writing and scheduling this post a few days ago (still following the rules) because I knew I was in for a manic week, and wasn’t sure I’d have time. I’d only just clicked into the kindle store when I noticed this cover…
…the colours and image invoke an evocative quality, with the sad and neglected little cottage. A place that could have numerous tales to tell. I did find it hard to read the small print on the kindle edition but it was much easier on the paperback cover. Then I realised Thorne Moore was an author recommended to me by Judith Barrow.
The blurb is short and succinct.
When Sarah, struggling to get over tragedy, stumbles across her grandparents’ ruined farm, it feels as if the house has been waiting for her. She is drawn to their apparently idyllic way of life and starts to look into her family history. Only to learn that her grandfather, Jack, was murdered.
Why has nobody told her? Sarah becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Gwen and Jack. But are there some family stories that should never be told?
The book was released in October 2012 so there are lots of reviews, 392 in fact. 242 of those are 5 star with 114 4 star and an overall rating of 4.5 stars. There are three 5 star reviews on Amazon US, one reviewer, Seren, had these thoughts….A skilfully crafted novel in dual time. In the modern story we have a parallel of the mystery that obsesses Sarah as she embarks on a cathartic journey into her family’s dubious past. The sparkling dialogue disguises the nature of her relationship with Mark and it is only when she uncovers true abuse of power that she understands what is going on in her own life. It is just as well that Ms Moore reveals the dark secrets of Cwmderwen slowly as it would be overwhelming otherwise. There is a lot of wisdom about human nature in this gripping novel, with both dark and light portrayed realistically, when a God fearing man, cloistered within a chapel community in deepest Wales, allows his pride to undo him and his family.
The kindle price is £4.29, paperback £8.99.
Some of the most helpful reviews I read mentioned a slow start but the plot drew them in after a few chapters, many more describe it as powerful and gripping. It’s told in alternate chapters from past, rural Wales during WWII, and present. One reviewer’s subject line is ‘Dark tale of family secrets and hidden mystery’ which really appeals to me. A quick read of the look inside feature sealed the deal.
So, is it a BUY or PASS? It’s a BUY and I’m going for the paperback.
No Friday Five Challenge from Rosie today as she’s busy with her Romancing September feature. If you’d like to check it out please click here
More Friday Five Challenge choices
Shelley chose Zombie Apocalypse
Snails (yuck) and Dr Doolittle for Barb
Alison goes with an Amazon recommendation