Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Critique: The Cover for Deadly Little Secrets (Written by Laurie Faria Stolarz and Published by Disney Hyperion) was photographed by Lisa Kimmell/Getty Images and designed by Elizabeth H. Clark. The photograph used creates an almost antique atmosphere and calls up images of memories and time passed. The figure is faceless, and that draws the audience, making them wonder who exactly the model is. Because the dress and part of the hand are blurry with motion, it makes the entire scene seem as if it is fleeting, gone in a blink of an eye but immortalized in the photograph. Her placement, barefoot in the woods, alone, makes the audience wonder why exactly she is there. The questions of, is she alone? permeates the atmosphere. The design around the title, which helps draw the audience’s eye there, seems antiqued. This antique feeling, embedded with themes of memory and desolation do well to illustrate Deadly Secrets. The question of these deadly secrets conjured by the cover will draw the reader to want to figure out exactly what these secrets are behind the cover.