Friday Face-Off: Doll or Puppet

Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy! Each Friday, we will pit cover against cover while also taking the opportunity to showcase gorgeous artwork and feature some of our favorite book covers. If you want to join the fun, simply choose a book each Friday that fits that week’s predetermined theme, post and compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme is:

“I got no strings to hold me down”
~ a cover featuring a DOLL or PUPPET

Mogsy’s Pick:
Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

This week was a tricky one. As you know, I have a fear of dolls so I’m not exactly jumping to read any books about them, but after browsing through my Goodreads shelves, I did find a book I’ve read which I could use. Broken Monsters is a supernatural crime thriller which opens with a bizarre and grisly discovery – the top half of a boy’s corpse fused with the bottom half of a deer’s corpse, left behind by the disturbed killer for the police to find.

This is definitely not a book for the squeamish. Needless to say, there are some rather macabre covers on display this week. Let’s take a look at them now:

From left to right, top to bottom:
Mulholland HC (2014) – Mulholland PB (2015) – HarperCollins (2014) – Harper (2015)


Chinese Edition (2016) – Vietnamese Edition (2016) – Indonesian Edition (2017)


Dutch Edition (2015) – French Edition (2015) – German Edition (2015) – Spanish Edition (2016)



There’s really only one cover I like out of this batch, one that’s all around solid in terms of visual appeal and how well it fits the story. The winner I’ve chosen this week is the Indonesian edition, which manages to convey all the twisted horror and creepiness of the novel without resorting to grotesque imagery, and I also really like the colors.

But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?

37 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Doll or Puppet”

  1. Ooh creepy topic. I agree with your pick, that’s definitely my favorite (and the only one I really like, to be honest). The rest are too creepy for me!


  2. It’s so interesting how publishers use different covers for different markets. I notice this a lot when I’m reviewing (especially US vs UK). The Harper 2015 cover makes it look like a straight crime/thriller – I don’t know the book but reading the reviews that might be misleading?


    • Yeah, I can see this book being challenging to market or coming up with a cover. For the most part, it was a straight up crime thriller, but towards the second half and the end, the supernatural came in. Definitely a tough call there!


  3. I like the simple yellow French edition. It’s kinda creepy but also kinda funny. My copy is the Harper (2015) one. It’s a really clever story with some brilliantly realized characters. Not as scary as I thought it was going to be but still creepy-weird at times.


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    • That one, and maybe the Spanish cover and a couple of the ones in the first row are the only editions I would even consider having on my shelf. The other ones are too creepy, I wouldn’t even want them in my house because it means I would have to look at them.

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  5. I really like the German edition the best although there are some good contenders here. The one you chose came in a close second for me. The Spanish edition looks like a National Geographic book for me. Nice book pick for this one!


  6. That yellow cover with the hands cover is super creepy.
    Totally get it about being creeped out by dolls. I like them, but I get creeped out when there are many of them together. Makes me think of the many scary movies I’ve watched as a kid.


  7. Creepy core theme, creepy covers… brrrrr! 🙂
    I like your choice, since it’s quite scary, but I also keep glancing at the French cover, which is similar in subject but adds all those hands coming out of the antlers that make it even weirder.


  8. Oh yes – your choice was the one to go with – it does have creepy vibe, but is also very beautiful. I do love those colours… And congratulations on choosing a really good book this week, Mogsy:)


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