Friday Faceoff – There’s no place like home…


This meme was started by Books by Proxy, whose fabulous idea was to compare UK and US book covers and decide which is we prefer. This week we are looking at covers featuring abandoned houses and I have chosen Crooked House by Agatha Christie.


crookedhouseThis is the cover that caught my eye – published by Minotaur Books in 2002, I think it strikingly evokes a sense of unease and disfunction using a ruined house as a very effective metaphor. This is my favourite.


crookedhouse1This offering is also eye-catching with the bright red cover and the stylised font giving the impression of the crooked house. Published in 2011 by William Morrow, I also very much like this cover.


crookedhouse2This offering, produced in 2010 by Harper Collins, is a facsimile of the first edition. While I love the beautiful etched rendition of the crooked house in the spooky wood, it is just a bit too muted to really catch the eye on a crowded bookshelf.


crookedhouse3This Turkish cover, produced by Altın Kitaplar in 2014 is another atmospheric offering. I like the sepia colour palette, punctuated by the bright red splash in the corner, which emphasises the sense of menace.


crookedhouse4This French edition, produced by Livre de Poche in 2010, again has a strong sense of something amiss. The unusual perspective of the house with the brooding storm clouds above is eye-catching and appealing. Which is your favourite?

17 responses »

  1. Your book choice is excellent this week and your cover is perfect for the theme! Well done. 😀
    I also considered the haunting of hill house – a few spooky covers for that one.
    Lynn 😀

    • Well once again, it’s not a surprise that you and Drew chose the same book as it was perfect for the subject:). This is one of my favourite posts of the week to compile – thank you for taking the time to keep it going:).

  2. Dagnabit, I don’t know where my copy of this one is!!!

    I really wish I could remember the plot of this, one, too, because I feel like that would allow me to make a stronger judgment. The broken window on the first cover is certainly exciting, but does it fit? I noticed no other cover uses a run-down house. Blast, I wish I could remember!

    I have to admit that the original is my favorite. Of the house structures, this one isn’t sweet, smooth, pretty, polished, etc., but it isn’t broken, either. It’s simply…off. And I like that. 🙂

    • I think that is probably the most accurate rendition of the original story:). But I chose to consider the first cover as a metephor for the compromised family relationships…

  3. This one is tough… I like the first cover from Minotaur, but the Turkish and French ones caught my eye, too. And they’re all the more realistic covers, too. But like Jean mentioned above, the broken window in the first / Minotaur cover fits the title best. (I haven’t read the book yet, so I can’t comment on whether the cover fits the story…. )

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