Feedback on new psycho thriller cover

Book covers are a vitally important part of grabbing the fleeting attention of potential readers – and purchasers. My new cover for my psycho thriller ‘Knife Edge’ I hope does exactly that. If anyone out there would be kind enough to comment I would be very grateful (honestly – if you hate it or it doesn’t work, it is your honest opinion).

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Female revenge thriller

My covers have certainly changed and matured over time but I have to be honest and say that some my earlier book covers were pretty horrendous. Luckily, no one but me ever saw them.

I have looked at using cover designers and there are some talented people out there and I will use one if I really feel they could improve on it. I did experiment with a designer on ‘Knife Edge’ but, to be honest, it didn’t hit me between the eyes.

And you can’t expect a designer to churn out cover after cover all of which get turned down by the author. There’s a limit to what a designer will do and, often, if the first attempt doesn’t strike gold he/she is not going to do much more without being paid.

I might tweak the title itself to make it starker, more brilliant white but with a depth to it. Without feedback it can be a little like dancing in the dark so I’m hoping that anyone who reads this will find the time to comment.

Thanks in advance.


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Award winning novelist, author and musician. This blog is for all book lovers (especially thrillers and YA); writers and book reviewers.
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4 Responses to Feedback on new psycho thriller cover

  1. Its okay. Its almost cliche, with the angle of the lighting which is obviously supposed to add to the fact that its ‘scary’, but there’s nothing intriguing or interesting about it. At least the girl hasn’t been photoshopped to absolutely unreal perfection.


  2. Thank you for such a prompt response. It is essential to get honest feedback. Much appreciated.
    Out of interest, if you look at the revolving gallery of covers on the blog you will see the existing cover, white background. It would interesting to get your opinion on that one compared the new one.


  3. beckyneilsen says:

    In my opinion the knife blade needs to be a bit more silver. Right now it blends in too easily with her clothing and you can barely see it so the impact isn’t big at all. I actually had to enlarge the picture to see the knife at all.


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