Every picture tells the story – a guest post by R.S Pateman

I’m delighted to welcome the author of The Second Life of Amy Archer R.S Pateman to the blog today with an interesting post on book covers. I have to say I’m not really swayed by book covers, if I want the book I’ll buy it regardless of what’s on the cover. There is that age old saying “never judge a book by its cover” which is applicable in life to more than just books however I can’t help myself but have an assumption on the book based on the cover and have had my fingers burned so to speak. Jojo Moyes’ book Me Before You has a very pink fluffy girly cover yet the subject matter couldn’t be further from light and fluffy – lesson learned. Anyway, enough of me here’s Rob’s post:

Every picture tells the story

There are loads of wonderful things about having a book published, but the one subject I get asked about more than any other is the front cover. Did I design it? Why that particular image? Who writes the blurb?

There have been four different editions of my book now and each has had a different cover. I played no part in designing any of them although the publishers did ask my opinion. I’ve been blessed with great covers each time, so my changes were very minor – tweaking the shade of the background colour on one, the blurb on another and so on.

With the paperback about to hit the shelves, I sat back and looked at the covers collectively and realised they all tell different parts of the story. Of course, the covers appeared at different times but, if I shift the chronology around, the pictures say it all.

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The UK large print edition, with its soft focus, warmly lit nostalgic glimpse of childhood innocence. Of what was lost. The calm before the storm.

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The title was changed to What Happened with Amy?

The Norwegian version has a panicked young girl fleeing through a threatening spookily foggy landscape.
the-second-life-of-amy-archerThe UK and Commonwealth edition. It has menacing trees stark against a cold and shifting blue. There is an eerie stillness after Amy has vanished.

 

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The UK paperback edition. Amy is back. Or is she? She’s only seen partially. The glow of sun through her hair and the colour palette gives a hint of promise. But the optimism is undermined by the typeface, the ink wearing thin, a veneer of lies, maybe.

It will be interesting to see how the French, Russian and Turkish editions interpret the story. I hope none of them takes the next logical step in the sequence and gives away the ending, although as it’s the ending that has caused the most debate among readers, I’d like to see them try!

The Second Life of Amy Archer is published in Orion paperback on 24 April.

Tell me…do you judge and buy books based on their covers?

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About the author R.S Pateman

rs-patemanR.S. Pateman has been a copywriter working with some of the UK’s largest ad agencies and companies. He lives in London.

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GIVEAWAY – A signed copy of The Second Life of Amy Archer by RS Pateman

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Here I have up for grabs is a signed copy of The Second Life of Amy Archer by R S Pateman. I’ve read this recently, really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.  Now you can get your hands on a signed copy all for yourself! Go on…you know you want too – it’s a FREE book 🙂

Need further convincing to enter – read my review here .

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The blurb:

Ten years ago she disappeared without a trace…now she’s back.

On 31st December 1999, ten-year-old Amy Archer went missing from her local playground. Her body was never found and the lives of her parents, Beth and Brian, were torn apart.

On the tenth anniversary of the disappearance, Beth is alone, still struggling with the enormity of her grief and the horror of not knowing the fate of her only child. But the fear and confusion have only just begun, and Beth’s world is turned upside down when a stranger knocks on her door, claiming to know what happened to Amy.

Beth is introduced to a little girl who is the uncanny double of her missing daughter, who knows things that only Amy would remember; the name of her favourite toy, the place where she scratched her initials, what Beth likes for breakfast. But this can’t be Amy, she hasn’t aged a day…

Now Beth is forced to question everything she has ever believed in, and push her faith and her sanity to the limits, if she is to find out the truth about what happened to Amy.

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Book Review: The Second Life of Amy Archer by R.S Pateman

the-second-life-of-amy-archerWhat’s it about?

Ten years ago she disappeared without a trace…now she’s back.

On 31st December 1999, ten-year-old Amy Archer went missing from her local playground. Her body was never found and the lives of her parents, Beth and Brian, were torn apart.

On the tenth anniversary of the disappearance, Beth is alone, still struggling with the enormity of her grief and the horror of not knowing the fate of her only child. But the fear and confusion have only just begun, and Beth’s world is turned upside down when a stranger knocks on her door, claiming to know what happened to Amy.

Beth is introduced to a little girl who is the uncanny double of her missing daughter, who knows things that only Amy would remember; the name of her favourite toy, the place where she scratched her initials, what Beth likes for breakfast. But this can’t be Amy, she hasn’t aged a day…

Now Beth is forced to question everything she has ever believed in, and push her faith and her sanity to the limits, if she is to find out the truth about what happened to Amy.

My thoughts

Whether you believe in reincarnation or not this is a gripping psychological thriller which I really enjoyed. This debut novel by a male author is written from a woman’s perspective but also a mother’s and I think it comes across very well.

Beth is indecisive in what she believes but I think that only makes her more of a believable character. Let’s face it, the majority of people would think she was nuts and not give her the time of day if she started spouting off about her daughter being reincarnated and I could only empathise with her.

It keeps you guessing right up until the end – is she / isn’t she Amy and even after you’re still not 100% convinced either way. These are the best books – the ones you’re still thinking about days after!

I wasn’t quite sure about the past life regression session, I didn’t know if it would be that easy but all will be revealed. I can’t say too much without spoiling! There are so many twists and turns in this book and one point I suspected Beth’s friend and confidante Gill had something to do it but I was going up one of the many garden paths there!

There are some difficult subjects in this book as well as the disappearance of Amy, such as paedophiles, child abuse and the effects this has on families and their victims so probably not for the faint hearted!

Overall it’s an excellent first novel and is one of my favourite reads for this year, if you enjoyed SJ Watson’s Before I Got To Sleep you should enjoy this.

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