Day: September 25, 2015

#FridayFiveChallenge ‘Skin Cage’ by Nico Laeser @rosieamber1

Welcome to the Friday Five Challenge

Rosie Amber’s Friday Five challenge only takes five minutes, so grab a cuppa and join in!


In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions on 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?

The 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,

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

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

This week I decided to take the easy option and see what Amazon recommended for me. Lots and lots of historical novels, a few Hilary Mantels but nothing that really grabbed me, all a bit ‘same old’. I’m a sucker for intriguing titles and this book looked very strange (in a good way) and definitely stood out.

skin cage

Price: £2.60 (Kindle) and £6.57 (paperback) in the UK and $4.01 (Kindle) and $9.64 (paperback)in the US.

Book description:

Daniel Stockholm was fifteen years old when a parasite hijacked his brain, rendering him paralyzed and reliant on machines that run day and night to keep him alive.
For nine years, Danny has been confined within a biological prison with only two small windows, through which to view the world around him; a silent witness to the selfless compassion of some and the selfish contrivance of others.
When the malicious actions of care worker, Marcus Salt, threaten to push Danny farther from the ones he loves, and deeper into the dark recesses of his skin cage, he is left with only one option. He must find a way out.


Published in January, this has 17 reviews in the UK – all five star. The reviews seem genuine – of the reviewers that I investigated further, all had reviewed lots of other books. On there are twenty-four reviews, twenty-three are five star and one is a three star. The three star (the only slightly negative review the book has) still says that the reviewer thoroughly enjoyed the book – they just felt something was missing. Pretty impressive and I’m still intrigued.

Would I buy or pass? BUY


Ok, this doesn’t sound like a very cheery book. But it does sound different. I’m not sure why it turned up in my recommends but I feel a bit as though I’ve been reading the same old thing lately and this is like a breath of fresh air. I admire the author for tackling a very difficult subject – too many writers these days seem to be following a formula, and there seems to be very little innovation out there, very few people willing to take a risk. So I’m going to give this one a chance.

If you want to join in the Friday Five Challenge pop over to Rosie’s blog to find out more.

And take a look at these other Friday Five Challenges:

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A dark tale for Cathy.

And snails for Barb!