Best Book Covers of 2016: Commercial Fiction

It has been a while since I've put together a 'favourite list', in fact I've mostly collated other people's favourites in the past, so I thought it was about time I pulled my finger out and bloody well did something about it.

As you've probably already guessed my selection is comprised of commercial fiction, an area of book cover design I hold close to my heart... mostly to keep it warm as it's usually booted out into the cold and ignored.

I've said before how commercial fiction is the naughty brother of literary 'posh books for posh people' fiction (obviously I say this tongue in cheek and with a side wink, which is hard to pull off), but it's also the wealthy, popular sibling that keeps most of us in a job.

They are also some of the toughest book covers to design. So, hats off to the commercial fiction designers; blood, sweat and many a cover meeting tear has gone into these.

Here are my top five picks (in no particular order):

The Widow by Fiona Barton Designed by Richard Shailer

The Widow by Fiona Barton
Designed by Richard Shailer

The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle Designed by Richard Bravery

The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle
Designed by Richard Bravery

Seven Steps to Happiness by Stella Newman Designed by Emma Rogers

Seven Steps to Happiness by Stella Newman
Designed by Emma Rogers

I See You by Clare Mackintosh Designed by Duncan Spilling

I See You by Clare Mackintosh
Designed by Duncan Spilling

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner Designed by Claire Ward

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner
Designed by Claire Ward