Friday Face-Off: On the Beach

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:


Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman

The covers of Catherine Steadman’s books all have the feel of summer, but their stories are never too sunny. Mr. Nobody is mainly told from the point-of-view of Dr. Emma Lewis, a memory disorder specialist who is called to investigate a case of a man found washed up on a beach with no recollection of what his real name is or where he came from. During her first meeting with him though, not only does he speak for the first time, he calls her by her real name—a name she had long abandoned ever since leaving her hometown to start a new life with a new identity. The problem though, is she’s pretty sure she’s never seen the man, so how does he know so much about her past?

Let’s take a look at the covers:

From left to right:
Ballantine Books (2020) – Ballantine Books Paperback (2021) – Simon & Schuster UK (2020)


Simon & Schuster AU (2020) – Dutch Edition (2020) – Bulgarian Edition (2020)



The colors of some of these covers are stunning, especially when you get the contrast between the teals and reds. The Simon & Schuster UK edition is actually quite nice, but the annoying sticker on the lower right corner kind of ruins it. I think I will have to go with the Dutch edition which uses a similar color scheme, but I also love the wide open sky and the expanse of the beach that seems to go on forever.

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

9 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: On the Beach”

  1. I’m also leaning towards the Dutch edition, though this was a tough pick. I think my 2nd pick would be the Ballantine Books Paperback, I like the layout of that one.


  2. This is a great choice and I had very similar thoughts. Difficult to choose in fact. I liked the Simon and Schuster but drat it for having a sticker. I think the Ballantine is really effective with the colour, and the Dutch is fantastic for the sense of scope – but I think the ominous feel with the footsteps leading into the water wins for me this week.
    Lynn 😀


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