Friday Face-Off: Dressed in White

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:

~ a cover that is “DRESSED IN WHITE”

Mogsy’s Pick:

The Au Pair by Emma Rous

Welcome to the first Friday Face-Off of 2021! The theme is “Dressed in White” which we were free interpret in any way we wanted, so I’ve decided to go with the most literal meaning, choosing a book that features someone on the cover with white clothing.

The Berkley edition of The Au Pair, which was the version I read, was the book I had in mind. This was a pretty wild and twisted one, even for a thriller! Let’s check out some more of the covers:

From left to right:
Berkley Books (2019) – Piatkus (2018) – Dutch Edition (2019)

Finnish Edition (2019) – Italian Edition (2019) – Hebrew Edition (2019)

French Edition (2018) – German Edition (2020) – Spanish Edition (2020)


Um, I just have to say, many of these covers are VERY confused. You’d think you are picking up some Austenesque country house-type romance, which is definitely NOT what this book is (in fact, the Spanish cover probably comes closest to capturing the true spirit and tone of the story). Still, a few of these “quaint” covers are very pretty, and I think my favorite is the Italian edition, despite it being a poor reflection of what the book is really about.

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

15 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Dressed in White”

  1. When I just glanced at the covers before reading your description, I thought this was a romance book. So I agree that they might not represent the book accurately. My favorite is the Spanish cover, which hints at something else than a romance.


  2. I lean towards the Spanish cover, it seemed to stand out from the others. I did also like the Piatkus cover, it has an interesting air of mystery/suspense/dread.


  3. What a super strange batch of covers – I’m absolutely intrigued by this novel now just based on how very different these all are. A lot of them look like standard romance/holiday/beach reads? Or is that just me.
    Lynn 😀


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