Similar Sundays – Surprisingly Similar Covers!

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SIMILAR SUNDAYS (2)

I’ve not been doing any #SimilarSundays for a while! Missed it! Here are some look alike covers to talk about 🙂

I’ve seen Erin Kelly’s He Said She Said alot last year and when I saw The Break Line it immediately reminded me of it. These two books are both thrillers, but I think the Break Line is a touch more adventure so I’ll probably be picking He Said, She Said to read if I was in between these two. But somehow The Break Line cover seems better to me. Rather than seeing the female figure the forest seems more mysterious.

He Said She Said – Erin Kelly :

In the summer of 1999, Kit and Laura travel to a festival in Cornwall to see a total eclipse of the sun. Kit is an eclipse chaser; Laura has never seen one before. Young and in love, they are certain this will be the first of many they’ll share.  But in the hushed moments after the shadow passes, Laura interrupts a man and a woman. She knows that she saw something terrible. The man denies it. It is her word against his.  The victim seems grateful. Months later, she turns up on their doorstep like a lonely stray. But as her gratitude takes a twisted turn, Laura begins to wonder—did she trust the wrong person?

15 years later, Kit and Laura are living under assumed names and completely off the digital grid: no Facebook, only rudimentary cell phones, not in any directories. But as the truth catches up to them, they realize they can no longer keep the past in the past.

The Break Line – James Brabazon:

Officially, Max McLean doesn’t exist. The British government denies all knowledge of the work he does on their behalf to keep us safe. But Max and his masters are losing faith in each other. And they’ve given him one last chance to prove he’s still their man.Sent to a military research facility to meet a former comrade-in-arms, Max finds the bravest man he ever knew locked up for his own protection. His friend lost his mind during an operation in West Africa. The reason? Absolute mortal terror.
Max is determined to find out why.

 

These two books could be mistaken to one another very easily. The hanging wedding gown, the font colours are so similar. The books are also in same genre, I think we can safely call them thriller>domestic dramas. For me the winner for cover is Sandie Jones, and the blurb winner is Christobel Kent.

The Day She Disappeared – Christobel Kent

Your best friend will always be there for you…won’t she?

Have you ever had that sense that you’re being watched? And you turn, suddenly, but it’s just a curtain, blowing in the wind? Or the dress hanging in the doorway? Nat knows something’s wrong. Her best friend, Beth, would never have upped and left without saying goodbye to her. But no one believes that Beth was taken – she is a fly-by-night, a party girl who can’t be trusted. No one’s listening to Nat. But someone is definitely watching her.

The Other Woman – Sandie Jones

Emily thinks Adam’s perfect; the man she thought she’d never meet. But lurking in the shadows is a rival; a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves. Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

 

I have finished The Corset last week and wasn’t that impressed, but since the day the cover was revealed I was totally having hots for it. So when I spotted A Thousand Nights in a bookshop, the first thing it reminded me was The Corset! The same feather, different colours I say 🙂 But to me obviously The Corset’s cover is much more elegant and well designed. And for blurb it is also a clear winner for me, as I am not a fan of YA romance/fantasy books..

The Corset – Laura Purcell

Dorothea and Ruth. Prison visitor and prisoner. Powerful and powerless. Dorothea Truelove is young, wealthy and beautiful. Ruth Butterham is young, poor and awaiting trial for murder.When Dorothea’s charitable work leads her to Oakgate Prison, she is delighted with the chance to explore her fascination with phrenology and test her hypothesis that the shape of a person’s skull can cast a light on their darkest crimes. But when she meets teenage seamstress Ruth, she is faced with another theory: that it is possible to kill with a needle and thread. For Ruth attributes her crimes to a supernatural power inherent in her stitches.

The story Ruth has to tell of her deadly creations – of bitterness and betrayal, of death and dresses – will shake Dorothea’s belief in rationality and the power of redemption.

Can Ruth be trusted? Is she mad, or a murderer?

A Thousand Nights –  E.K. Johnston

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to my village, looking for a wife. When Lo-Melkhiin – a formidable king – arrives at her desert home, she knows that he will take her beautiful sister for a wife. Desperate to save her sister from certain death, she makes the ultimate sacrifice – leaving home and family behind to live with a fearful man. But it seems that a strange magic flows between her and Lo-Melkhiin, and night after night, she survives. Finding power in storytelling, the words she speaks are given strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. But she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king …if only she can stop her heart from falling for a monster.

Set against a harsh desert backdrop, A Thousand Nights by E K Johnston is an evocative tale of love, mystery and magic that would not feel out of place if Scheherazade herself were telling it. And perhaps she is…

What do you think? Have you read any of those books, and do you have an idea which cover/blurb is better 🙂 x

20 comments

  1. Wow! How did you do it? 🙂 Is there some image recognition program? :)) Just kidding. I would definitely mix these books, especially the ones with the dress. That’s an awesome topic, I’d love to see more. You said you did this before, I’ll look for older posts.

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  2. Only read He Said / She Said – it was pretty tense!
    There’s another book with a wedding dress (The Woman Before Me) but it came out recently with a different version.

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  3. There are so many similar covers around! I think when a book becomes popular, the cover designers subtly copy the cover design to draw us in – such as supermarket branded items looking similar to the leading brands. I suppose it’s ultimately a good idea, because it will lead you to a similar kind of read.

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  4. Ooooh interesting how often the winning cover seems to compensate for a losing blurb (and vice versa). I would totally mistake The Other Woman and The Day She Disappeared – bless the poor booksellers that have to make sure people go home with the book they were actually after!!

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