What do you look for in a synopsis? Is there anything specific that a synopsis must have in order to make you grab that book and buy it?
I like the synopsis to tell me just enough about the plot to give me a feeling of whether I’ll enjoy the story. I want to know the plot will be exciting and eventful, and whether the book sounds like it will be a journey book (not a fan of those) or one with something happening all the time. I want to get just a glimpse of the characters to see if they are fun and spunky and not one-sided. I want the synopsis to sound unique, so it doesn’t feel like I’ve read that book before, a bunch of times. I definitely don’t want a synopsis that spoils an earlier book in the series though, and I’ve seen a lot that do that. I’ve also seen synopses that give away the book they are describing. A synopsis needs to be a teaser, but also be an honest glimpse at what the book will be. No bait and switches, please.
I am all about a good love story. I tend to like darker reads, or something tragic. I like a strong female protagonist that must overcome the odds to achieve her goals and I like a tortured hero… I see this in the blurb and I am a goner. One click.
The synopsis of a book is the starting point for me deciding to read a book or not. It has to grab and hold my attention. I need the synopsis to explain enough of the book that I have an idea of the genre, plot, and main characters. A quote or two from the book is helpful as well. For books in a series, I tend to only read the synopsis of the first book. I’ll read the synopsis of the second book after I’ve finished reading the first to avoid any major plot reveals.