Friday Face-Off: Mystery

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:

“The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances”
~ a cover for a MYSTERY novel

Mogsy’s Pick:

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

This week’s theme is pretty open-ended, allowing for more options and flexibility. I opted to go with one of my favorite Sarah Pinborough books, a mystery surrounding the near-drowning of a prep school student named Natasha Howland. Smart, rich, and beautiful, Tasha was the most popular girl in school. Then one day, in the dark and early hours of a winter morning, her unresponsive body was pulled from the frigid waters of the River Ribble. Paramedics were able to revive her, but doctors say she was technically dead for thirteen minutes.

Upon waking up from her coma, Tasha can remember nothing about the incident except the horrible sensation of drowning. She does, however, have a sick feeling that her best friends Jenny and Hayley might have been involved with why she was in the woods by the river that night, after noticing the strange way the two of them have been acting around her since she regained consciousness at the hospital. Not knowing who to trust, Tasha turns to Becca, her plain and self-deprecating childhood friend with whom she fell out when the girls reached high school. Told through the eyes of these two teenagers, 13 Minutes is the story of how they unravel the events of the night Tasha went into the river.

Let’s take a look at the covers:

From left to right:
Gollancz (2016) – Flatiron Books Hardover (2017) – Flatiron Books Paperback (2018)


French Edition (2018) – Turkish Edition


Polish Edition (2018) – Serbian Edition (2018) – Russian Edition (2017)



The French edition wins again this week! Just looking at that cover gives me chills.

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

29 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Mystery”

  1. I love the Serbian one! It kknd of reminds me of The Shape of Water. And that blurb is really interesting!


  2. Wow, there are some great choices here this week. For some reason I’m drawn to the Polish edition although I admit I don’t know if the cover ties in with the story that well since I haven’t read it. It seems a lot different than the others shown which makes me feel it may be off base.


  3. A great choice of book for this week’s theme – my favourite is the Gollancz because it is also beautiful. While I do like yours, wuss that I am – I find it too disturbing!


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