Why are scraggly trees covering thrillers these days? I was just speaking about this last night with my publisher who’s in town for a visit. He said he’d put a tree on a cover but with the font choice it looked too much like a thriller, so he had to change it.
Following the initial breakthrough of John Grisham’s best-selling legal thrillers, it felt as if every crime book cover sported a gavel, a pair of scales and a statue of justice (plus or minus a dagger or a letter opener). Today, for reasons I cannot fathom, trees are in. Could it be that some designer a few years back had a traumatic and formative experience in his childhood and still wets his bed following recurring nightmares involving menacing trees whose branches sway in the breeze and now believes we all suffer from the same affliction?