Before I read a book, I look at its cover. Despite what people say, you can tell a lot about a book based simply on what it looks like on the outside. Although you can't judge a story by its cover, the outward appearance of the book is what can draw you in and make you want to read it. I love talking about covers maybe as much as I love talking about the books themselves, so I started this feature that spotlights the covers of upcoming books I am excited to read.
Hide and Seek by Sara Shepard
Release: July 31, 2012
My friends and I used to play lying games.
Now my twin sister is living one. When I was alive, my family seemed picture-perfect. My adoptive parents adored me, and my little sister, Laurel, copied my every move. But now that my long-lost twin, Emma, has taken my place to solve my murder, we're both learning just how flawed my family really is. Laurel is shooting Emma nasty looks and sneaking around with my ex-boyfriend. And it turns out my parents are keeping a huge secret--could it be the reason I'm dead? How far would they go to keep the truth buried? No one can harm me now, but Emma is still fair game. And if she's not careful, she'll end up buried, too. . . .
The cover is able to pull this off while still remaining pretty as well as creepy. The intricate swirls around the title are simply gorgeous and very eye-catching! In this way, the cover really embodies the mood of the books, both glamorous and frightening.
I sincerely hope that these books continue to be everything their covers promise, even now that the author has chosen to draw out the series, adding more books than originally planned in an effort to make more money. The fourth Lying Game installment looks just as suspenseful as the first three, though, and I am more than excited to read it!