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Over all this cover had a very good film noir look to it but it also has a few issues.One is that the cover is very dark. Yes, this is the look, but a little brighter wouldn't hurt it.The road and clouds are good but because of the placement of the text the lightning strike is hidden from view. If possible I would move it to the edge to have more impact. The bullet hole I'm not sure works. When I first saw it in thumbnail I thought: "what is wrong with the moon." Might I suggest making it smaller and maybe adding a few more.I don't like the broken glass look across the women's face. Is it really needed?The bottom text is unreadable in thumbnail. It need something more to make it standout.
Overall I like the cover and it does give a nice pulp fiction look. I'm just not carried away with her at all though; her head just kind of is there. I'd be tempted to do away with her and leave the rest, maybe making a pulp type treatment for the author name as well.I had no problem seeing the bullet hole as a bullet hole. I didn't even know there was lightning until Eric mentioned it however.
I like the overall look of this cover, but why is the model's face covered by the shadow of a chain link fence? I don't see the fence anywhere nearby and I find it distracting. It was the first thing I noticed.Genre I'd guess to be mystery or suspense.
These are great suggestions! Thanks so much! :)