Rosie Amber’s Friday Five Challenge, involves taking only five minutes to choose a book cover which appeals instantly. So take a few minutes, grab 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?
Rosie’s 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 hadn’t put anything specific into the search, just aimlessly trawling. I don’t know what made me look twice at this cover but the more I did the more intrigued I became. The title in large red letters, as though to stop you going any further, and the text ‘The Perfect Marriage or the Perfect Lie’ seemed ominous. The door on the cover looks like it might have been forced by the lock.
The book description reads…
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do.
You’d like to get to know Grace better.
But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.
Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.
‘Behind Closed Doors gives us a glimpse into the realities of a ‘perfect marriage’, with addictive and heart pounding moments guaranteed to have you looking at your friends and neighbours differently.’
-Margaret Madden, Bleach House Library
This is a debut thriller, released only on the 11th of this month but already had 432 reviews! So, out of those reviews on Amazon UK 298 are 5* and 53 are 4*. The rest are divided between the lower rankings giving an average of 4.3*. Amazon US has 36 reviews with an average of 4.9*, none below 4*. The kindle price is £0.99/$9.70.
This is an extract from a 4* review….Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris is one of those books that I just know will stay with me for a long time. In fact, I’d even go so far as to say that it’s rather unforgettable with a plot that draws the reader in from the very start and leaves the reader wanting, desperately, to know more. It was an astounding and impressive debut novel that has left me looking forward to more by the author.
There are 39 reviews awarding only 1* and from what I can gather the main complaints generally mention predictability, unconvincing and one-dimensional characters. Also finding it inconceivable that a woman could be in this position without being able to get help. But it does happen. It’s a fairly small percentage of negatives given the total number of reviews.
But will I BUY or Pass? ~ I’m going to BUY. For 99p it’s worth a try.
More Friday Five Challenge Choices
Rosie searched for parcels
Shelley found a paranormal romantic comedy