Front Cover Friday – Moody Covers

Welcome to my new feature – Front Cover Friday!

I thought I’d start with ‘Moody Covers’ because I love dark and intriguing covers! Some of these books I have read, some I haven’t, so I’d love to know if you have read any of them and if you think the cover matches the story!

Lets get started!

Shirley Jackson – We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Synopsis: Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian. Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods—until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night. Acquitted of the murders, Constance has returned home, where Merricat protects her from the curiosity and hostility of the villagers. Their days pass in happy isolation until cousin Charles appears. Only Merricat can see the danger, and she must act swiftly to keep Constance from his grasp.

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How good is that cover! It reminds me of a horror film. The darkness of the house and the trees against the night sky make for a creepy chilling effect which, I might add, the story definitely reflects. This is one of my favourite novellas, Jackson has a wonderful way of creating tension. 

Ellen Wood – East Lynne 

Synopsis: When the aristocratic Lady Isabel abandons her husband and children for her wicked seducer, more is at stake than moral retribution.

Ellen Wood played upon the anxieties of the Victorian middle classes who feared a breakdown of the social order as divorce became more readily available and promiscuity threatened the sanctity of the family.

In her novel the simple act of hiring a governess raises the spectres of murder, disguise, and adultery.

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This cover is dark and intriguing, just like the sound of the story. Looking at it creates questions. The train gives a sense of impending doom, we can see it is moving because of the smoke. Who is stood on the tracks? Will they move before the train comes?

Sandra Greaves – Skull in the Wood

Synopsis: Deep on Dartmoor, cousins Matt and Tilda discover a skull. And from that moment black things happen. Birds and animals turn bad, and there’s talk of the return of an old curse.

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I’m not going to lie, this was a complete cover buy for me. The title of the book, and the cover with it, tell you that it is not going to be a happy cheerful book. Its going to be dark and bad things are going to happen. (How exciting!)

Tad Williams – Shadowmarch

Synopsis: At the uppermost edge of the northern kingdoms, its towers shrouded in mist, lies Southmarch Castle. For hundreds of years it has remained hidden from the affairs of empire. But now it is under siege; from both its neighbours, without, and the more insidious enemies who would destroy it from within. The maze-like castle of Southmarch stands sentry along the border between the human kingdoms and the land of the immortal Qua. Now, the darkness from beyond that border has begun to enfold Southmarch – or Shadowmarch – the Qua’s ancient home. To stop the darkness falling, the Southmarch royal family must face their human enemies, supposed friends and the family curse. Twins Barrick and Briony shoulder impossible burdens as their father is imprisoned and their brother murdered. Briony flees towards her father and the slave armies of the Autarch, while her brother Barrick crosses the Shadowline gripped by madness.


I haven’t read this book. Mainly because it is MASSIVE and I haven’t found the time to devote myself to it, but, THAT COVER. It is simplistic yet it tells a lot about the story. To me the woods create a sense of sadness, seclusion and getting lost, and the darkness of these woods reflect the madness, murder, and curse we read about in the synopsis.


Thats it for the first week! Next week is ‘Real Life Covers’. I’d love for you to join in, or comment and give me ideas or suggestions!


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