Friday Face-Off: Ice and Snow

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:

“In winter with warm tears I’ll melt the snow.”
~ a cover that features ICE AND SNOW

Mogsy’s Pick:
A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong

A Darkness Absolute is the follow-up to City of the Lost, continuing Kelley Armstrong’s mystery suspense series starring ex-homicide detective Casey Duncan. Months have passed since Casey first came to Rockton, a secret community nestled in the remote wilds of the Yukon. People come to this town to escape their past lives, expecting a safe haven, but the reality is much more sinister. Not everyone in Rockton is who they say they are.

Now winter has arrived with a vengeance, driving some of the townspeople stir-crazy with cabin fever. One night, a listless resident decides to do a runner in the middle of a snow storm, leaving Casey with no choice but to follow in an attempt at search and rescue. While taking shelter in a nearby cave system, she is shocked to discover a terrified and malnourished woman trapped in a hole. A former Rockton resident, the woman had been reported missing more than a year ago. This whole time, she had been held captive in these caves by an unknown assailant, being subjected to unspeakable acts of abuse. The mystery deepens when Casey returns to the cave system to look for clues about the perpetrator, but instead finds the remains of two other women. Rockton’s worst fears are confirmed: there’s another killer on the loose.

Let’s take a look at the covers now:

From left to right:
Minotaur Books (2017) – KLA Fricke Inc (2017) – Random House Canada (2017)
Sphere (2017) – Wheeler Publishing (2017) – Vintage Books Canada (2018)




Brrrr! I’m getting chilly just looking at all these covers. All of them do a great job depicting the cold, dark, merciless nature of a Yukon winter, and all are quite appropriate for a mystery suspense thriller. Still, one cover in particular really stuck out for me, because of the way it captures the fragility and precariousness of life in the isolated wilderness. It is the Vintage Books Canada edition, which I think is beautiful, but I also like that it gives me the unsettling sensation of stillness and frozen death.

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

27 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Ice and Snow”

  1. I think that one’s my fave too. Something about the frost or ice on the leaves. They all do a pretty good job of giving off a cold vibe though, don’t they? I like the fourth one because it looks like she’s in a blizzard, but I also like the first three a lot. I guess the fifth one is the only one I’m not really crazy about.


  2. This is one series by Armstrong I haven’t started yet which is sad because I love all her others. I would have to agree with you pick. Initially I was swaying toward the Random House Canada one but the more I look at it, I don’t like the way the word “darkness” is hyphenated.


  3. Because I’m on mobile I’m not sure of the layout but I really love the one with the mostly black cover and the figure walking down a snow covered road. It’s very striking to me. But they’re all good covers for this one!


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