Covers glorious covers: a gibbering appreciation.

Over the last week or so there have been several cover reveals for some very exciting forthcoming books. I thought I would share them again here, along with their original sources, just to feel a little bit of the excitement myself. I don’t want to be left out you know 😉 Do check out the links to the original posts.

So, in no particular order:

First up we have the cover for Michael J Malones “After He Died”. Revealed on Chapterinmylife’s blog (original post here ; Twitter here), book published by Orenda Books.

Have some blurb:

“You need to know who your husband really was… When Paula Gadd’s husband of almost thirty years dies, just days away from the seventh anniversary of their son, Christopher’s death, her world falls apart. Grieving and bereft, she is stunned when a young woman approaches her at the funeral service, and slips something into her pocket. A note suggesting that Paula’s husband was not all that he seemed… When the two women eventually meet, a series of revelations challenges everything Paula thought they knew, and it becomes immediately clear that both women’s lives are in very real danger. Both a dark, twisty slice of domestic noir and taut, explosive psychological thriller, After He Died is also a chilling reminder that the people we think we know most can harbour the deadliest secrets…”

And here is the gorgeous cover:

Isn’t that a pip? I love the stylistic link to Michael’s other two books – A Suitable Lie and House Of Spines – with the circle of flowers resembling the wedding ring in ASL and the lift floor indicator on HoS. Yet another clever design by Kid-ethic (aka Mark Swan).

Next up we have In Bloom by CJ Skuse; published by HQ Stories/Harper Collins.

This is the sequel to the brilliant Sweet Pea (my review here) and was revealed on CJ’s Twitter:

Blurbage (BE WARNED: spoilers for ‘Sweet Pea’ lie within….)

“Darkly comic crime sequel to Sweetpea, following girl-next-door serial killer Rhiannon as she’s now caught between the urge to kill and her unborn baby stopping her.

If only they knew the real truth. It should be my face on those front pages. My headlines. I did those things, not him. I just want to stand on that doorstep and scream it: IT WAS ME. ME. ME. ME. ME!

Rhiannon Lewis has successfully fooled the world and framed her cheating fiancé Craig for the depraved and bloody killing spree she committed. She should be ecstatic that she’s free.

Except for one small problem. She’s pregnant with her ex lover’s child. The ex-lover she only recently chopped up and buried in her in-laws garden. And as much as Rhiannon wants to continue making her way through her kill lists, a small voice inside is trying to make her stop.

But can a killer’s urges ever really be curbed?”

A stunning cover indeed. I love the colours on this one. I don’t know who the designer is for this, but I’ll be happy to edit if anyone can let me know.

Finally, we have the cover reveal for Louise Beech’s “The Lion Tamer Who Lost”, published by Orenda Books. This was revealed on mychestnutreadingtree (original post here; Twitter here)


“Long ago Andrew made a childhood wish. One he has always kept in a silver box with a too-big lid that falls off. When it finally comes true, he wishes it hadn’t…

Long ago Ben dreamt of going to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally goes there, it isn’t for the reasons he imagined…

Ben and Andrew keep meeting where they least expect. Some collisions are by design, but are they for a reason? Ben’s father would disown him for his relationship with Andrew, so they must hide it. Andrew is determined to make things work, but secrets from his past threaten to ruin everything…

Ben escapes to Zimbabwe to fulfil his lifelong ambition. But will he ever return to England? To Andrew?

To the truth?

A dark and poignant drama, The Lion Tamer Who Lost is also a mesmerisingly beautiful love story, with a tragic heart…”

And here is the cover:

Another stunner from Kid-Ethic and Orenda. Jesus, these guys know how to do covers. If you know me then you know that I LOVE Louise’s books. I am beyond moist for this one. I need a paper bag to stop my hyperventilation…….

That’s it for now. I couldn’t help but join in and share these beauties. I hope I haven’t trodden on any toes by doing so. If I have then please let me know and I shall edit/remove/credit anything accordingly.

Peace and Book Love.


4 thoughts on “Covers glorious covers: a gibbering appreciation.

  1. I’m not a great fan of hard copies but i wouldn’t mind some of these on my shelves 😍
    also just realised, i actually own sweete pea, so might as well get to it now that the follow up is out

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  2. I found Sweetpea to be just so and so- I think some parts of that book disgusted me a bit too much and I’m usually very sound about the bizarro… will definitely give a go to the second book though 🙂

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    1. There were some very disturbing parts of that book, especially towards the end when she ends up killing to cover her tracks. I loved it, as you can tell, but there were times when I thought *should* I be enjoying this? 😂 I’m not used to this “Bizzaro” thing. I’ve been sent a book to review that is very strange sounding, but I like strange, my reviews verge on the ridiculous in tone really, so I’m looking forward to giving it a go.


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