When I watched The Poisoned Pen's live Facebook feed of the event for Francine Mathews, Charles Todd, and Sophie Hannah, Hannah made me laugh...and she made me curious. Hannah's latest novel is titled Did You See Melody? in the UK, and she wanted to keep that title for the US edition. Her US publisher had other ideas. They wanted to call it Keep Her Safe. "But aren't there a lot of books called Keep Her Safe?" Hannah asked. "Yes. Americans like books called Keep Her Safe," her publisher replied. They won the title battle-- Surprise, surprise.
I have to admit that this small piece of information made me curious, so I googled Keep Her Safe book covers to see what would happen. Heavens above, we do like books with that title! In fact, we seem to be on a fictional quest for safety. We want everyone to be safe, and I thought I'd have some fun showing you some of the covers showing this need for safekeeping. Let's get started!
|Here we have the cover of Hannah's book.|
|Locked in a safe? That's a little too safe for me!|
|Our biggest fear seems to be for our children.|
|Those little red shoes in the snow tug at my heart.|
|Here we go with the chopped-off profile.|
|How far would I go? I'd at least shut the window...|
Then we have scaredy cats making demands...
|Too much blurb on a so-so cover.|
|I think a certain payment is expected in return for keeping her safe.|
Then we have some covers making promises...
|The crayon scribbles make it plain this is a promise to a child.|
|Anyone who reads crime fiction is aware that a mother doesn't always know best.|
|You'd better! How about starting with a new (less air-conditioned) house?|
|In a way, my favorite since it implies we each are responsible for our own safety. (And it's British. Coincidence?)|
Did you notice anything else about this group of book covers? With very few exceptions, they are a rather bland lot, don't you think? Does the theme of safety mean the covers have to be "safe," too?
What do you think? Inquiring minds would love to know!