Anyone who has followed this blog for any length of time will have come to realize that I am obsessed with book covers. I haven’t quite decided if it is a blessing or a curse. LOL
A while back I wrote a post called “Same book, different title” and I have updated that post recently.
One of the most recent additions to my TBR has THREE vastly different covers – and two titles. I thought I’d write a brief post to find out YOUR opinions on these covers/titles.
Cover A. This is the version I got from NetGalley for review. It will be published by Atria Books on May 1, 2018
Cover B. This is my favorite cover of the three. If the three books were placed in a pile with no titles shown I would have picked this one out first. This version will be published by Simon & Schuster in trade paperback format on May 1, 2018
Cover C. This is the original Canongate hardcover title and cover. It was published in the United Kingdom Feb. 1, 2018. It was after reading a review of this edition, that I first became interested in reading this book.
After enticing you with the three covers it is only fair that I include the book’s blurb:
A spellbinding romp about a caretaker and a cranky hoarder with a secret—complete with skulking saints, unresolved disappearances, greedy heirs, and a firecracker neighbor determined to get to the bottom of it all.
Maud Drennan – underpaid carer and unintentional psychic – is the latest in a long line of dogsbodies for the ancient, belligerent Cathal Flood. Yet despite her best efforts, Maud is drawn into the mysteries concealed in his filthy, once-grand home. She realises that something is changing: Cathal, and the junk-filled rooms, are opening up to her.
With only her agoraphobic landlady and a troop of sarcastic ghostly saints to help, Maud must uncover what lies beneath Cathal’s decades-old hostility, and the strange activities of the house itself. And if someone has hidden a secret there, how far will they go to ensure it remains buried?
Check out this link to read what the author, Jess Kidd, has to say about writing this book.
Jess Kidd completed her first degree in Literature with The Open University, and has since taught creative writing and gained a PhD in Creative Writing Studies. She has also worked as a support worker specialising in acquired brain injury. In 2016, Jess won the Costa Short Story Award for Dirty Little Fishes and her debut novel Himself was selected for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club and shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards. In 2017, Himself was shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger. Jess was brought up in London as part of a large family from Mayo, and plans to settle somewhere along the west coast of Ireland in the next few years. Until then, she lives in London with her daughter.