I have always really adored the cover for Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. Not only is it dominated by my favorite color in the world, it’s just really exciting to look at. And yet, this isn’t one of those books that I’d buy simply to have the cover on my shelf. And for me, this is exceedingly shocking because I have a tendency to look at a lot of amazing covers and decide that I must have the book solely based on how wonderful they look. Stalking Jack the Ripper isn’t like that. Stalking Jack the Ripper is the first book on Cover Love Friday that has something that I actually hate on the cover. You see, I am massively against that annoying as hell banner at the top that says, “James Patterson Presents.” And it’s really upsetting because some of these books have been really amazing or had phenomenal covers. And yet, I can’t bring myself to look past it.
I think it’s largely due to the fact that I am not a fan of James Patterson’s writing. Ultimately, I never liked any of his books well enough and to see his name on books like this immediately puts a bad feeling to it, even when the book is exceptional and written by someone else. And so, as much as I appreciate so much about this cover, all of which got it to be featured today, I cringe incredibly hard at that bit at the top.
As for this cover, I’m deeply in love with the gorgeous girl, her smirk, and the very mysterious pose she’s holding as the tip of the knife touches her finger. I love her hair, her gloves, and especially her dress. The way it fades out at the bottom into the city is also an especially captivating piece to the cover and everything about the text is perfect.
So, basically, if James Patterson hadn’t had his “I’m important” complex, this cover would pretty much be perfection. It’s a real annoying shame. And yes, I know it’s meant to get more people to read these books, to increase their fame by using his…but I frankly don’t think he’s a good enough author for that to be useful and, in my case, it has actually decreased sales of physical copies. His name does not belong on the cover. Plain and simple.
What do you think of this cover? How do you feel about the James Patterson Presents? Do you agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments!