Obsessed with book covers – Yeah I know. (Jess Kidd novel)

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.

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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27 Responses to Obsessed with book covers – Yeah I know. (Jess Kidd novel)

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  2. Sandra says:

    I passed on this for a while – until I had a bit of time to think about it and now I’ve overthought it! I agree that the covers suggest quite different genres. I wouldn’t pick up C: the title and the cover don’t appeal. I like cover B which seems classier and more grown up, but chose cover A – it seemed to match most closely with its title.

    Then there’s the blurb! And a choice of titles… I’m hooked on ‘up-lit’ titles at the moment, so Mr Flood… grabs me more and sounds a whole lot cheerier than The Hoarder, which sounds GRIM!

    Then of course, there’s the name of the author, which to me suggests upbeat, quirky book – so I’m still with cover A and Mr Flood. But I know nothing about her or her previous book. If I had known something, I might have felt quite differently about the whole thing!

    As it is, I find it a fascinating exercise and it makes me wonder about the whole business of titles, covers, audiences…. So much more to it than you think. And talking of thinking – I did warn you I’ve been over-thinking! 😉

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  3. What an interesting and fun post! I chose cover C as my fave cover and The Hoarder as my fave title!

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  4. I have to admit that book covers hold a strange fascination for me as well. Definitely The Hoarder from these three. On a side note, does it ever irritate you when a brilliant jacket cover is abandoned in favour of a film adaption version? Drives me crazy!

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  5. Carrie says:

    I’m torn between B and C, probably with a slight nudge to B. Really don’t find A appealing at all though and I would probably be more drawn to The Hoarder as the title.


  6. Sammie says:

    Oh, this sounds really interesting! I love looking at the different covers. I actually really don’t like the newest one and probably wouldn’t pick it up, though it does look very cozy mystery to me. The second one is very pretty, but I think I like the third one the best. I’m not exactly sure why. xD

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    • Thanks for ‘weighing in’ Sammie. I love seeing the results of polls of this nature. I wonder… do the publishers ever poll readers for this type of thing?

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      • Sammie says:

        I don’t know. I would think they should? But those covers are also vastly different, and they make me think of different genres, even, or assume different things about the book. So that’s interesting. I’d kind of like to know now how the publishers decided on the different covers, too. xD Or what prompted the title change.


  7. literacee says:

    The Hoarder sums it up an the candelabra adds a nice touch.

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  8. skyecaitlin says:


    It does make a difference; I chose B, and I do adore your feature of Cover Love.

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  9. yvonnembee says:

    I do like the first cover, the third cover is a bit similar to other book covers out at the moment, but 2nd cover seems to fit the synopsis better xx

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    • Thanks for letting me know your opinions Yvonne. I like all three covers as well, but for the subject matter of this novel I think Cover B seems more appropriate. The first cover almost makes it seem like a humorous book – perhaps it is – I haven’t read it yet…
      Once again it is the old ‘first impressions’ scenario.

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  10. James McEwan says:

    A brilliant thought exercise, if you are inclined to over think things.
    I read the book’s blurb before I answered. Looking for genre.
    To me Cover A, ‘says’ eccentric character and light hearted. The ‘Last Resort’ therefore indicates a holiday or retirement home. Confused messages here.
    Cover B. The blurb says ‘a spellbinding romp’, the picture says old house upstairs – this could be a ‘Fawlty Towers’ farce. There is a slight edge towards period mystery with the candelabra.
    Cover C. The picture puts the sinister house as the focus, this cover reflects a dark mysterious tale with an ominous ending perhaps in a fire.
    If I am looking for a nail biting mystery I would be inclined to pick up the book with Cover C.

    However, this is just my view – good luck to Jess Kidd with her novel, it looks interesting regardless of cover.
    I just wonder if each of the publishers perhaps had a different reader group in mind.

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    • Thanks so much for your thoughtful and thought provoking comment. I imagine the publishers DO have a target audience in mind – it is just interesting to see how they approach the issue. Regardless, I am very much looking forward to reading this book.

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  11. Dave Quayle says:

    Yes, you do wonder what difference publishers see in readers either side of the Atlantic. One of my favourite writers, Andrei Makine – he’s a Russian who writes in French – got different titles for translations of some of his earlier novels. So:
    UK: Confessions of a lapsed standard bearer (more accurate for the book, I’d say)
    USA: Confessions of a fallen standard bearer
    UK: Le testament Francais (sticking with its original title, still obvious enough, but …)
    USA: Dreams of my Russian summers
    UK: Requiem for the east
    USA: Requiem for a lost empire
    UK: A life’s music (a real favourite of mine)
    USA: The music of a life (diminishes the poignancy of the book, I think)
    Keep up the good work

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    • Dave sometimes I think that publishers don’t give enough credit to readers. I think it sad to say that I think they frequently ‘dumb down’ titles for North American audiences.


  12. Really interesting! I chose the same cover as you and definitely prefer The Hoarder as the title.

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