I released a murder mystery/crime thriller called Familiar Lies back in June of last year. This was the first book I’d written using a combination of techniques called sprints and cycling, which sped up the process and made it a ton more fun to write.
But six months after completion, I was looking at sales of this book and found that I haven’t sold any copies outside of Amazon. I made me think there might be a way I could spruce it up, so I worked up a new cover that I think fits the story much better.
Here’s the synopsis as a reminder, along with the old and new covers:
When Max Williamson’s teenage son Josh died in a climbing accident, Max’s world fell apart.
But a year later when Max stumbles upon a letter hidden in his son’s room—a letter that suggests Josh might have been murdered—Max begins his own investigation.
As he gets closer to the truth about what really happened to his son, Max finds himself caught up in a seedy underworld of lies, corruption, and exploitation. Max quickly becomes a target and the only way to stay alive is to expose the truth.
But the truth is a double-edged sword. What Max learns could save his life.
Or the truth could just as easily tear him apart.
Here’s the old cover:
And here’s the new cover:
I think this new cover does a better job of identifying the genre of the book. It looks more “thriller” than the original cover (which was probably better suited for a literature book). I also feel like it aligns better with my other book covers’ look and feel, making it look more like a Brian J. Jarrett release.
Whether or not it sells more copies with the new cover remains to be seen. Regardless, I’m happier with it, which is what matters most.