This weeks theme is a book that originally had a yellow cover.
For this week’s book I chose Good As Gone by Amy Gentry. I read this book in about three days last year, finishing it on a plane trip to Maui, and it’s an interesting story about a young girl who disappears and then suddenly shows up on her parents doorstep. I picked the book up in part because of the striking yellow cover.
I am hoping to write a review a full review of this book in the next couple of weeks.
So let’s take a look at the covers.
When Good As Gone came out in July 2016 this was the original cover. I remember seeing it on display and really liking the yellow background, bold pink text, and tear and crossed out words on the cover.
Since then the American version hasn’t changed much and many international versions have kept this aesthetic. So, for the purpose of this exercise I’ve eliminated any that look similar in my analysis.
So, I will maintain that I love the original cover for this book because I loved the use of color. Some may see it as a little deceiving, but I don’t, I think it’s just a great way to catch the eye when it’s displayed. Aside from the original, the version I liked the best are the Danish, English, and the Czech version.
The Danish version I like and I would have picked up if I’d seen it on display. At first glance though, I feel like I’ve seen a similar design before. It isn’t until I look closer that I kind of start to see elements of a face. (I could just be making that up and maybe it is just a wrinkled piece of paper.)
The English version, published by HQ, is again something I would pick up. I like the orange text and the image of the girl in what, I think, is a reflected mirror. I think it catches the opening scene of the book well.
My last favorite cover is the Czech cover. This, feels right for the book, but at first glance I think I am going to be picking up a spy novel. The scared woman in the dark does appeal to me, and I think that after having read the book, the cover fits.
LEAST FAVORITE COVER
My least favorite covers are the German, Italian, and Swedish editions, mostly because they miss the mark just a little bit.
To start, the book is about an abduction, but it’s not about an alien abduction. I want to believe that the orange slit of light on the German cover is an opening door, but it looks too linear and two dimensional that my mind immediately went to aliens. (Thank you, ten seasons of The X-Files.) With a little tweaking I think I would really like the German cover for the book.
Moving on, I just can’t place what I am supposed top be reading with the Italian cover. I feel like I’ve seen this motif before, and I’m not a fan of it. It feels like a mystery, but also like there should be some spies locked in a decades old conflict or something.
The Swedish cover is just a little bit creepy. It reminds me vaguely of the promotional poster for Jason Isaacs’ 2011 NBC series, Awake, which is about a man who lives two versions of his life after a car accident, but one’s a dream and he can’t tell which one is real. (Seriously, watch the trailer.) So, once again, this cover drives me into the world of science fiction, not thriller, and that’s why it ends up here. In case you aren’t sure what I’m referencing.
What are your favorite books with a yellow cover? Does Good As Gone sound like a story you’ll want to pick up? Share your thoughts in the comments below.