Friday Face-Off: Upside Down, Topsy Turvy

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 UPSIDE DOWN or TOPSY TURVY

The Possession by Michael Rutger

The Possession opens with the arrival of a journalist in Birchlake, a quaint little village nestled in the hills of northern California, with its curious network of low stone walls that twist and turn across its wooded landscape. Kristy has come searching for more information on the disappearance of a14-year-old girl whose social media accounts show signs that the girl may have a victim of harassment. But to Kristy’s frustration, her questions around town seem to lead nowhere, and worse, strange things suddenly start happening around her. Queue her ex-husband Nolan and the crew of his YouTube documentary series “The Anomaly Files.”

Most of these covers give off a certain vibe, but if you go into this one expecting horror or a paranormal thrill ride, I think you’ll be disappointed. The story does place more emphasis on the atmosphere of intrigue though, so I’d say it’s probably more suited for mystery lovers. Let’s take a look at the contenders:

From left to right:
Grand Central Publishing HC (2019) – Grand Central Publishing PB (2020)

Zaffre HC (2019) – Zaffre PB (2020)


These covers are definitely going for the creep factor. A shame that many these are so dark though, it’s hard to see a thing. With that said, I’m going to have to go with the Grand Central Publishing hardcover as the winner, as it’s the only one with a splash of color and enough light to make out all the details.

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

6 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Upside Down, Topsy Turvy”

  1. I agree, I also like the Grand Central hardcover, especially for the theme. Interesting that the photos on the wall seem right side up unlike the furniture.


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