If you saw this book on a bookstore shelf you might be tempted to reach out and flip it over. This cover for August by Bernard Beckett really does well in getting your attention within the first split second of seeing it. The mind immediately senses that everything on the cover is just a bit…off.
The letters in the title and author’s name are all upside down and that’s pretty strange in itself but what the eye is really drawn to are the people in the car.
At first it looks like their hair is floating upwards…until the mind adjusts and figures out that these people are in fact in a car that’s hanging upside down.
The look on their faces is bizarre, are they alive or dead? It’s hard to tell. And how did they end up upside down in a car like that in the first place? If they’re alive why aren’t they getting out?
The great thing about this book cover is that it raises one question after another, leading you along and making you want to read on to find out what’s behind it all.
And judging by the description of the story the book might actually live up to such and engaging cover:
“Trapped in a car wreck, upside down, bleeding and in pain, Tristan and Grace are staring at death. When dawn breaks they might be seen from the road and rescued, or not.
They wait, desperately holding onto life, unravelling the sequences of events that brought them together.”
Very cool. I like that the story sounds like it’s far from the same ol’ same ol’.