Friday Face-Off: A Favorite Thriller

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 of a FAVORITE THRILLER

He Started It by Samantha Downing

I’ll never turn down a chance to feature Samantha Downing, who has become one of my favorite thriller authors in recent years. He Started It was a book that knocked me out for a loop, so I’d say it definitely counts as one of my favorite thrillers.

Let’s take a look at some of the covers:

From left to right:
Berkley (2020) – Michael Joseph (2020) – Thorndike Press Large Print (2020)

French Edition (2021) – Persian Edition (2020) – German Edition (2021)


The Berkley edition, definitely. Fiery car in the background, with a well-dressed lady in heels wielding a shovel…there’s something so badass about this image, and it certainly makes you wonder just what the hell is going on.

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

14 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: A Favorite Thriller”

  1. Wow, I didn’t realize this one had so many cover options! I like the first one but my copy is the Michael Joseph (2020) version.
    I admit that I still haven’t read anything by this author.. Do you have one you would recommend starting with?


  2. A cool idea to compare various covers of a book and see which is most effective. As a graphic designer and indie writer, I was curious to check out what cover you chose. I agree with the one you decided — it does the best job of raising the question, “What’s going on here?” I also really like the cover next to it, the Michael Joseph (2020) version. The intensity of the woman’s expression, the matching color of the title and woman’s eyes, the diagonal slices of tints — they give a sense of uneasiness. But I think the second woman’s face in the circle underneath “My Lovely Wife” is distracting.


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