I have been reading for as long as I can consciously remember and I am still guilty of one cardinal sin; judging a book by its cover. Whilst I will read a book without the most aesthetically pleasing cover if the blurb really sells it to me, deep down I know that a cover is one of the biggest aspects of a book to immediately draw me in, regardless of the genre of the book. It is after all, quite literally the first thing you see. When I’m in a book shop and faced with a plethora of new reading material, or if I am scrolling online and browsing a selection of books, my attention is almost always going to be grabbed first by a book I think has been well designed.
This was without a doubt the main reason why I first requested a proof copy of Benjamin Percy’s new novel, The Dark Net. I had never before heard of Benjamin Percy, despite him being the author of four novels. When I first stumbled across the cover of the book, it was the darkness of the cover, the creepy undertones of a strange skull type shape intermingled with the background, with really stood out to me. I like anything creepy, unsettling and thrilling (massive Stephen King fan as we all know), but there was just something about the subtleties and intricacies of this cover image, as opposed to a garish over the top skull, which massively appealed to me.