How about some cover doubles? Or, I should say, cover doubles with a side of a cover triple. Here are recent stock image reuses on book covers that have caught my eye. I’d love to know if you’ve seen any lately, whether they’re these doubles or others.
The first book to have the back of this girl as its central image was Nina LaCour’s 2014 Everything Leads To You. It’s a great, moody image and captures the feel of the book well. It’s romantic and has a sense of longing and possibility. It’s “light” looking without suggesting it’s a light read.
Ryan Revisited was self-published this summer, and it’s a stark look. We get to see more of her body, and it’s interesting the choice to crop her for the LaCour title, as well as the Fayman one. I think the full body works in this cover, as there’s not other images competing for attention. For a self-published title, it’s a pretty well-done cover.
In 2016, that same girl will be a central image for the cover of Corey Lynn Fayman’s Desert City Diva. That’s an interesting cover all around — a burned out, broke down car and a really unfortunate spider crawling along the title. I wouldn’t want to be that girl. I kind of think she looks out of place, as she looks too “pretty” to be walking among those less-than-pretty things. Interestingly, this book is also set in California, like LaCour’s.
Here’s another cover double that features the backside of a girl, but this time, she’s holding hands with her beau. This is a fascinating cover double to me because the books could not be more different. There’s Patterson’s Truth or Die, which is clearly a mystery/thriller genre read, and then there’s the paperback cover of Gayle Forman’s Just One Day which is a romantic YA read. The images are oddly effective on both covers though — there’s a target on the Patterson one to give it that thriller vibe, while the closer focus on the couple and their hand-holding on the Forman cover showcase the romance angle. Of course, the image is mirrored but otherwise, it’s exactly the same.