Cover Attraction is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. This is what she has to say, ‘I’m a very visual person and love beautiful, or interesting, cover art. It entices, and invites, me to stop and take a peek instead of walking right on by.’
I feel exactly the same. It’s usually always the cover art that stops me and encourages me to check the book out further. This week my cover attraction is The Birthing House by Christopher Ransom. It will be released by St. Martin’s Press on August 4, 2009. The cover art though is courtesy of Fantastic Fiction as this isn’t the US cover. I’m not sure where this one is from but I love it. Here’s a bit about the book from St. Martin’s Press…
It was expecting them.
Conrad and Joanna Harrison, a young couple from Los Angeles, attempt to save their marriage by leaving the pressures of the city to start anew in a quiet, rural setting. They buy a Victorian mansion that once served as a haven for unwed mothers, called a birthing house. One day when Joanna is away, the previous owner visits Conrad to bequeath a vital piece of the house’s historic heritage, a photo album that he claims “belongs to the house.” Thumbing through the old, sepia-colored photographs of midwives and fearful, unhappily pregnant girls in their starched, nineteenth-century dresses, Conrad is suddenly chilled to the bone: staring back at him with a countenance of hatred and rage is the image of his own wife….
Thus begins a story of possession, sexual obsession, and, ultimately, murder, as a centuries-old crime is reenacted in the present, turning Conrad and Joanna’s American dream into a relentless nightmare.
An extraordinary marriage of supernatural thrills and exquisite psychological suspense, The Birthing House marks the debut of a writer whose first novel is a terrifying tour de force.
This sounds so good that I wouldn’t mind reading it at all! What about you? What has caught your eye this week? Leave me your link or share here in the comments.
I'm so guilty of judging a book by it's cover. This one looks great! The cover would have gotten my attention and I definitely would pick it up to see what it was about. I'm adding it to my pile when it comes out!! Thanks!
Wow! That sounds like a fantastic book! I will have to keep it in mind. 🙂
I hope you enjoy it if/when you read it!
It looks fantastic. I want to read it, too! 😉
Ooooh, good one! That's such a creepy cover and it sounds like an even better story. I'm going to have to read it now. Thanks!
When seeing the cover, it gave me a feel of 'Gothic' books. I do judge covers of books…I'm honest. I like a good cover. I see a cartoon on the cover and would put it back thinking its not romance. But once I saw that and it was an author I read I had to double check to make sure it was a romance book and it was but I didn't get thinking maybe it was something different. I came to find out it was a 'trial' to see which of two covers that people wanted. I guess never had another like that one with her books (I think I'm not sure, but the author was Sandra Hill and one of the Viking books). So the cover I feel needs to match the story. People do look for the genre the romance and all that through the cover to see what it will be about.
Now too that book sounds good! LOL With all these books running up and down your blog, you should see my wishlist grow, love it here!
Sandy Nawrot says
I love supernatural stories, and that cover gets that point across for sure. Don't think I'd want to be doing any birthing there, though!
A good cover can really lure me in too. A bad cover can turn me off. The Birthing House looks/sounds great!
I'm loving the cover! I would get this book solely based on the cover art.
What a mad spooky cover!
Spooky cool cover!
Alice Teh says
I share the same thoughts too, Dar. This book sure looks good with a good story to boot.
Literary Feline says
That's a haunting cover. I am sometimes drawn to a cover too–it makes me want to take a closer look at a book. Sometimes I drive my husband crazy though, pointing out all the attractive covers I see. 🙂
Scrap girl says
Dar, this is the cover in England as I have it. I can't wait to read it. It has been out since about Christmas here.
I really like the cover…it would have caught my eye as well. And the story sounds great! I will have to check it out!
I LOVE this cover and the story sounds really great!
That sounds like a great story and the cover makes it even more interesting! I love it!
That cover sure looks creepy to me!
Oooh, that is a good cover! Very spooky!
Oh I LOVE the cover. I definitely want to read this one!!
this sounds good, creepy cover!
As always when I visit here, I come away with tons of books for my wish list, so it's no surprise that this one will be going on my list. Thanks for bringing this one up!
Uh-oh! Sounds like almost a new Amityville. I haven't really had anything catch my eye lately unfortunately 🙁
The colors of this cover are really appealing and I love the house – very creepy looking.
The description sounds pretty cool too, I'll be adding this to my wants list 🙂
Thanks everyone for stopping in. I really judge books by the cover and that is one of the first things that will get me to check out a book further. I'll be reading The Birthing House soon and I can't wait. I'm in the mood to get a little scared. lol. The only thing I wish was that this was the cover we have here and it's not-this is the UK cover. Oh well, I'm still excited to read it.