I always seem to be behind trends (probably because I don't really care much about them one way or the other), but I had to smile when I saw that one of the covers I'm showing you today is an example of the floral trend I recently read about. I've already touched lightly on this tendency to use pretty flowers on covers with my post about Kate Morton's The Clockmaker's Daughter. None of us liked the pretty flowers on that particular UK cover, so let's see if they do any better with this one...
In a word: No. I don't think the UK cover is a winner here either, although the colors used and the type of plant chosen do look vaguely poisonous as if they're meant to put us on our guard. For all I know, the UK edition of The Stranger Diaries could be the memoirs of someone who worked in the poison garden at Alnwick Castle. (Fun place to visit by the way.)
If I'm to choose between a dark and potentially dangerous plant and an old house, I'm going to choose the house every single time-- unless I'm looking at a book about botany. The wavy line that "fractures" the house on the US cover lets me know that something's not right while not keeping me from wanting to walk right in through the front door.
So in my opinion, the US cover is the winner, hands down. What about you? Which cover do you prefer? UK? US? Neither one? Inquiring minds would love to know!