Believe it or not, I'm already looking at 2014 books. And it looks like two British authors are going head-to-head in January with covers that feature symbolically shattered roses (perhaps the designers were subconsciously influenced by Kate Atkinson's Life After Life?).

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Both books feature protagonists whose outwardly perfect lives go off the rails. In Before We Met (Bloomsbury), a young wife learns that her adoring, successful husband might be keeping secrets from her after he fails to return from a business trip to the U.S.

Why do Mark’s colleagues believe he has gone to Paris, not America? Why is there no record of him at his hotel? And who is the mysterious woman who has been telephoning him over the last few weeks?

Hannah begins to dig into her husband’s life, uncovering revelations that throw into doubt everything she has ever believed about him.

Meanwhile, in Perfect (Random House), which is already a bestseller in England, a boy watches his mother unravel after a life-changing mistake.
In one terrible moment, something happens, something completely unexpected and at odds with life as Byron understands it. While his mother seems not to have noticed, for eleven-year-old Byron nothing can ever be the same.

What happened and who is to blame? Over the days and weeks that follow, Byron’s perfect world is shattered. Unable to trust his parents, he confides in his best friend, James, and together they concoct a plan. . . .

Slightly dark novels about lives unraveling seem to be on the rise these days (I wonder why?), and now I suppose we can recognize them by their cover motifs! Which of the two covers do you prefer? Which book are you more likely to read?

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