Wednesday, June 24, 2015
I've Got Val McDermid Covered!
With Val McDermid being one of my favorite authors, you had to know that-- sooner or later-- I'd be looking to add one of her books to my comparison of US and UK book covers.
And what better book for it to be than one of my all-time favorites, A Place of Execution? Few writers can emotionally poleax me, and that's exactly what McDermid did in that book. Several authors have since tried to copy her, but none have had the visceral power of those scenes that stay with me still, years after reading the book. Enough! Let's get to those covers, shall we?
Both covers are relatively simple. The UK cover is blue, white, gold, and black with the title, the author's name, and the information that the book is a "stunning psychological thriller from the Gold Dagger Award Winner." All the words stand out well against the background. The image of shattered glass is appropriate for this book. Lives have been shattered. But to tell you the truth, broken glass as a symbol on a book cover has been done to death, and I'm a bit tired of it.
On the other hand, the US cover is dark and bleak, calling vividly to mind the setting of the book. For some strange reason, looking at it also reminds me of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, although for the life of me I don't know why. That landscape makes me hesitate. I do not want to step foot in it. Something's wrong, and I don't know if I want to find out what it is.
Which one do I prefer? I think I gave it away with my remarks on the UK cover. Although I like the colors, and the words stand out strong and clear, it's the US cover that draws me in-- and makes me want to pick up the book and open it.
What about you folks? Which one do you prefer? The UK cover? The US cover? Neither one? Inquiring minds would love to know! (Inquiring minds would also love to know how many of you have read the book!) Feel free to leave your comments here, in an email-- kittlingbooks(at)gmail(dot)com, or on Facebook.