Lookalike Book Covers Battle

Recently I have been thinking that a lot of book covers resemble another book. If you are a hopeless book shop crawler, an obsessed GoodReads browser, or both like me, I am sure you have been thinking the same ! So I decided to put together books that look like each other- at least on the cover!

How to Stop Time VS. They Both Die In the End

 How To Stop Time: A love story across the ages – and for the ages – about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live

They Both Die in the End (Adam Silvera): On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day. 

It is impossible to not to think Matt Haig’s  crazy story of unable to age romantic Tom Hazard when you look at They Both Die in the End (UK Cover)

Winning Cover: How to Stop Time, by far! Colours, fonts and graphics are working better

Winning blurb: Tie- I think both blurbs feel quite interesting…

The Girlfriend vs. The Last Mrs Parrish

The Girlfriend (Michelle Frances): The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances is a gripping and chilling debut psychological thriller, based on the fall-out following an unforgiveable lie. It looks at the potentially charged relationship between girlfriend, boyfriend and his mother, which most women can identify with, and locates it in an extreme but believable setting. Laura has it all. A successful career, a long marriage to a rich husband, and a twenty-three year-old son, Daniel, who is kind, handsome, and talented. Then Daniel meets Cherry. Cherry is young, beautiful and smart but she hasn’t had the same opportunities as Daniel. And she wants Laura’s life.

The Last Mrs Parrish (Liv Constantine):  Amber Patterson is fed up. She’s tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more—a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted. To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne and her husband, Jackson—the beautiful philanthropist and the confident real estate mogul—are a golden couple straight out of a fairy tale, blessed with two lovely young daughters. Amber’s envy could eat her alive–if she didn’t have a plan. Amber uses Daphne’s compassion and caring to insinuate herself into the family’s life, the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. 

Wow, this book covers look almost identical. And it’s not only the covers, the plots are very similar too… Looks like the “The Girlfriend” wants her future in-laws life, while Amber is getting ready to turn her friend’s life upside down.

Winning Cover: I think ‘The Girlfriend’ has a better cover, I feel curious about the psycho ‘girlfriend’. It’s hard as they look like they have been designed by same person!

Winning blurb: Tie- they are very, very similar 😀

Last To Die Vs. The Birthday Girl


Last To Die (Arlene Hunt): When Jessie Conway survives a horrific mass high school shooting, in the aftermath she finds herself thrust into the media spotlight, drawing all kinds of attention. But some of it is the wrong kind.Caleb Switch, a sadistic serial killer has been watching her every move. A skilled hunter, he likes his victims to be a challenge to him. Jessie is strong, fearless, a survivor, and now…she is his ultimate prey.

The Birthday Girl (Sue Fortin): When Joanne’s friends reluctantly accept an invitation to her birthday party, it quickly becomes clear that there is more to this weekend than they are expecting. One of them is hiding a secret. And Joanne is planning to reveal it…A weekend away in a cottage in the woods sounds like fun – until no one can hear your cries for help. Four friends. A party to die for.  Who will survive?

Looks like same woman took a walk with 2 different trench coats.. In Twilight, walking to the woods! These covers are very lookalike…

Winning Cover:  Last to Die…I think colours are working better. Also I like the perspective better.

Winning blurb: The Birthday Girl wins for me. Sounds like lots of secrets and murder. I love books in a setting where people are trapped in the same place (This sounds a lot like In a Dark, Dark Wood which was a very enjoyable read for me!)

The Only Story vs A Book of Untruths

The Only Story:  First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesn’t know anything about that at nineteen. At nineteen, he’s proud of the fact his relationship flies in the face of social convention. As he grows older, the demands placed on Paul by love become far greater than he could possibly have foreseen. Tender and profound, The Only Story is an achingly beautiful novel by one of fiction’s greatest mappers of the human heart.

A Book of Untruths: A Book of Untruths is a family story told through a series of lies. Each short chapter features one of these lies and each lie builds to form a picture of a life-Miranda Doyle’s life as she struggles to understand her complicated family and her own place within it.This is a book about love, family and marriage. It is about the fallibility of human beings and the terrible things we do to one another. It is about the ways we get at-or avoid-the truth. And it is about storytelling itself: how we build a sense of ourselves and our place in the world.

These cover are playing the same game! But only one works for me…

Winning Cover:  A Book of Untruths wins !

Winning blurb:  Again, Book of Untruths wins. It sounds more complicated and intriguing.

I have more Book Cover battles upcoming!



  1. There is something about thriller/horror covers about people in bright-coloured clothes walking towards the twilight and away from the reader. I immediately thought that I had seen a cover like this before and I havemore than once I think that is the thriller equivalent of all the shirt- and headless guys on romance novel covers XD

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  2. Fun post! I think the publishers choose similar covers to entice us to buy the newer book. If we’ve liked the book that came first, we’ll subconsciously be drawn to (all!) the others with lookalike covers. I find it offputting though. If I have already read a storyline, why would I want to read another so similar – it would be like just reading the same book again!

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    • I never thought it like this but it may be true! For example the first one, How to Stop Time was extremely popular, maybe that’s why they picked another hourglass in the UK cover for They Both Die in the End? Makes sense 🙂 Marketing is an extremely strategic and tricky business 🙂

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