UK πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ versus US πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ book covers – discussion post

I know you should never judge a book by its cover but its often the first thing I am drawn to in a bookshop unless I have a specific book which I want to buy. Whenever a book, published first here in the UK, is subsequently published in America, I’m always interested to see their version of the cover. I may be biased, but I nearly always prefer the UK version, but I do like some of the ideas our cousins across the pond have come up with. Let me know what you think of the US cover and UK cover of these books in the comments. Do you sometimes have a preference?

UK cover

US cover


On this occasion I do prefer the US cover for The Guest List by Lucy Foley. I think it gives the book a much darker feel than the UK cover does. It also makes it feel very atmospheric. I love the view of the island with the rain pouring down as well. It makes you think that this definitely isn’t a good place to be. I think it also gives the book a very foreboding feeling, you know that bad things are going to happen here.

UK cover

US cover


I think the US cover for The Silent Patient does give it more of a haunting feeling than the UK cover does. I like the ghostly image of the woman in the background which drew me in. I think though, the UK cover creates more mystery. In this case I like the UK cover best.

UK cover

The Thursday Murder Club: A Novel by [Richard Osman]

US cover


There isn’t much of a difference in both versions of the cover for The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman so I think they are both on par with each other. It always interests me when the US publishers choose the same cover or a very similar cover to the UK version. The US version here is a bit more striking thank the UK version, in my opinion.

US cover

Tall Oaks: Winner of the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award by [Chris Whitaker]

UK cover


I love the use of the trees in the background of the US cover of Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker. I do think the UK version does make it feel more darker though.

UK cover

US cover


Both versions of The Whisper Man are very haunting. I’m not over keen on the white background on the US version, however, so I think I definitely prefer the UK version. When you see the UK version on a shelf it almost has a 3D appearance which I really like as well. At least, that’s what I think when I look at it.

Let me know your thoughts on the book covers above in the comments below. Or if there’s a particular version of a cover which you really like.