The Friday Five Challenge is an interesting exercise for writers ~ it shows the little things that can put potential readers off that click-buy. We click on a book because the cover appeals to us, but can be put off a purchase by the blurb, the price, or the reviews.
Anyone with a blog can join in ~ here's what you do:
You can check out others' contributions on the #FridayFiveChallenge hashtag on Twitter, or see links at the end of this page.
Well, I liked the title and the picture on the cover! I think it was the title that appealed most.
£2.39 for 258 pages ~ both reasonable and average.
A shy, academic teenager, Luke spent the long, hot summer of 1976 working on an isolated bird reserve in Norfolk, England. Like most young men of his age, he found his thoughts preoccupied with the opposite sex and, gradually, peculiar events unfolded around him that seemed designed to take advantage of this Achilles heel.
36 years later, the discovery of human remains at a coastal archaeological site sheds shocking new light upon his experiences of 1976, compelling him to reappraise his memories and, finally, to return to East Anglia in an attempt to unravel the truth of a tale of witchcraft, intrigue, murder and love.
The Dune is a smouldering coming-of-age novel that slowly burns to an explosive, violent and unexpected climax.
The whole 'coming of age' thing doesn't appeal that much to me, but so far I'm still interested, because of the setting, the 1970s and a bit of historical intrigue.
12 on Amazon, an average of 4.3, ranging from 2* to 5*. Only one of the 5* looks like a definite friend's review. It's got flashbacks, which I love, and some say that there's too much detail about the birds, but I think I might like that.
Hurrah, it's a BUY ~ I've downloaded it on Kindle Unlimited, anyway!
Update from a previous Friday Five Challenge post ~ on July 3rd I chose to download THE OUTLAWS by Jason Vail (click for link); I started to read it and it was quite good but I felt the dialogue was too modern for a historical novel, and it didn't grab me enough to make me not be able to stop reading it. I might go back to it, though.