One of the first thing that draws me as a reader to a book is the cover. As an author, I’m always curious about the design involved in a cover: the colors, the fonts, the imagery, etc. The covers I share here are not a promotion for the book itself, simply an admiration of the cover or aspects of it.
WHISPERS OF WARNING, by Jessica Estevao
Partially reformed con artist Ruby Proulx is starting to feel at home in her aunt’s seaside hotel. She loves the feeling of being rooted in one place and also feels a sense of purpose as she helps her aunt keep her business afloat by acting as a psychic medium for the hotel’s metaphysically inclined guests.
When one of the guests, renowned Spiritualist and outspoken suffragist Sophronia Foster Eldridge, checks into the hotel for a month-long stay, Ruby finds her sense of purpose expand outside the confines of home and family. Sophronia takes Ruby under her wing and mentors her in the mediumistic abilities, encouraging her to work for a woman’s right to vote. But not everyone is as happy with Sophronia’s appearance in Old Orchard. When her body is found floating in the saltwater plunge pool of a local bathhouse, Ruby takes it upon herself to solve the murder, and in the process learns that Sophronia was hiding some secrets of her own.
My impression: What a gorgeous cover with so many lovely elements. The seascape in the background is stunning. The old hotel speaks of gentility and old-world charm whereas the gulls and deepening gray of the sky at the edges of the cover lend themselves to an ominous air. I love little design embellishments in the corners of covers, and I’m noticing them show up more and more (see The Golem & the Jinni and A Study in Scarlet Women). I think they serve as a visual boundary that adds a more professional and thematic air to covers. The font and placement of the title, author’s name, quote, and series name are perfect. And finally, the figure of the woman in the foreground. I love covers that show people but hide faces. The style of dress gives readers the visual cue that the setting is historical, and the deep blue of her dress ties in with the ominous tone hinted at by the darkened edges of the cover and the gulls. A beautiful cover all around.
Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated at Flashlight Commentary. These lovely book bloggers also feature eye-catching covers: