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Does It Grab You?

We all know a book cover has to grab your attention. Unless you have heard about the story, all you have to go on is the cover – so it needs to be good. Here’s one I think works on several levels.

"Gone Girl Cover"

Back, Spine, and Front of “Gone Girl”

For one thing, the one and only picture – the ends of hair – is very well used. The hair is basically colorless and seemingly not attached to anyone. This effect makes the hair seem creepy to me. It leaves me wondering if the hair is blowing in the wind, or lying static around the girl’s body. Either way, I get the impression I am only getting a small part of this picture because, well, the girl is gone. Very effective.

I appreciate the text too: the kerning is h-u-g-e and so is the leading, making the book seem a little stark. But the white and vermilion words on the shiny black cover balance it all out. I like the choice of centered one- and two-word critiques on the back. And there is a credit line for the cover designer(!): Darren Haggar.

Haggar really balances out the text, color, and photography I think. If you’re interested in seeing more of his covers, check out his website.


  1. Marz wrote:

    Wow! I really love this cover, as well. Though the image is minimal, it goes with the title very well and makes me curious. I also agree with the one and two-word critiques. By not having long statements embellish the cover, it makes the novel seem “indescribable.” Short, to-the-point, no other words necessary.

    I want to read this one! Do you recommend it?

    Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 5:56 pm | Permalink
  2. salmisk wrote:

    This cover does a lot by doing a little. I love the simple black background contrasted by the red text and the white hair. I like how it suggests movement; the girl is gone so you don’t get to see her, you just see her leaving. Overall,I think all these elements work together to help the reader predict what the book is about.

    Friday, October 10, 2014 at 8:07 am | Permalink
  3. spineda3 wrote:

    I think this cover fits the book and story perfect. The girl is gone so it would be contradicting to place an image of the girl on the cover. I also think that with books a minimal cover is best. You can do a lot with just typography and do not necessarily need to include an image. This cover does an amazing job in that if you look at just the cover itself you might not even notice that it is in fact the tips of the girls hair, the cover carries into the spine of the book which reveals more of the image and helps you understand the concept and by that point you’ll probably be even more interested in the book and might end up purchasing it to find out more. In a way, the hair helps you move from the cover, to the spine, to the back of the book where you can see all the reviews and what the critics are saying. Very well planned.

    Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 5:28 am | Permalink
  4. Alice wrote:

    Thanks for the comments all. MARZ, yes I would recommend reading this book – Flynn writes well and keep me interested through to the end!

    Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 6:42 am | Permalink