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.
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.