Friday, December 4, 2020

You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover #341

You can't judge a book by it's cover - which is very true ...
But you can like one cover version better than another

US cover
UK cover
I think the last book I read in
Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis series was around number 25. For those of you who are keeping up, the 36th entry, Serpentine, releases in early February next year. The US cover is on the left and the UK cover is on the right. Both covers take into consideration that the murder being investigated occured on Mulholland Drive. And that's reflected in the images. The shot on the US cover is interesting with the amount of light. I'm sure this is what LA looks like. The light narrows as the road heads up into the hills and does bring the word serpentine to mind. But I don't like the blurry effect. The UK cover uses a closer shot of headlights. The open door of the car seems dangerous. And includes the world famous 'woman in danger on a road in the dark' shot. I admit I'm not a fan of either cover this week. But if I had to choose it would be the noir tones on the UK cover. What about you? What cover do you prefer? Any plans to read Serpentine?
You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover is a regular feature at A Bookworm's World. 


Icewineanne said...

The UK cover wins it for me as well. The black, grey & white cover definitely points readers to a noir or mystery thriller inside. And the headlights + open door make me want to pick this one up. The coloured lights of LA, could be a cover for any kind of book. Plus hasn’t Michael Connolly used a similar looking cover in the past?
I read the first 6 or 7 books in this series decades ago, it used to be one of my favourites. Not really sure why I quit reading Kellerman’s series. Perhaps it’s time to go back to where I left off!

Luanne said...

Spot on Icewineanne! Yes, I think Connolly has had a similar look. I actually got a bit further in the series, but started to find it repetitive. I might catch up with the audio version.