Last time, I think I mentioned something about having a contest to see which of you could guess the cover I would prefer. See? I haven't forgotten about it! In many ways, this week's cover-off would be perfect for the proposed contest. There are no obvious Cathy Triggers for you to spot immediately. (Did you think I was going to make it easy for you?)
Let's take a look at this week's cover comparison, shall we?
This week, it's Jane Harper's second mystery featuring Australian Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk. (I bought my copy at The Poisoned Pen Saturday.) Although the covers are very different, they both take heed of the book's title and feature Mother Nature.
The UK Cover...
I'm not quite sure what's up with the UK cover. According to the synopsis, Falk winds up in a mountainous, isolated forest, and the UK cover makes me think I'm in a wheat field with a thunderstorm headed my way. The publisher uses a little badge to tell us that Force of Nature is another book by the author of The Dry, which is good. Even if I didn't know that this book (at least partly) takes place in a forest, the cover art doesn't grab me. The only thing I like about it is the tagline at the bottom: "Five Went Out. Four Came Back..." Now that gets my imagination going!
The US Cover...
On the other hand, the US cover does grab me. From the angle of the graphic, I feel as though I'm about to be dropped into an impenetrable forest or jungle, and I'm going to have a heck of a time fighting my way back out. This may be due to the fact that one of my all-time favorite books deals with just that subject, but I like the colors and the way the title and author's name stands out against them, too. And at least this particular blurb is useful, since it mentions The Dry-- although I think they should have dispensed with the blurb and done something similar to the UK's badge.
It should come as no surprise. I like the US cover, hands down. The graphic, the colors, the font... they all combine in a cover that makes me want to pick the book up and start reading. (And I hope I can do that very soon!)
What say all of you? Which cover do you prefer? UK? US? Neither one? Too close to call? Inquiring minds would love to know!