By Isabella Biedenharn
Updated December 20, 2016 at 10:08 AM EST
Credit: Courtesy Riverhead Books

As the millions of readers who devoured The Girl on the Train know, author Paula Hawkins is very good at messing with your perception—and she does it again in her new novel, Into the Water, which she says is about “sisters who have a very messy history” and two women who turn up dead, weeks apart, at the bottom of a river.

“It’s rich and creepy and suspenseful,” says Jaya Miceli, the designer who brought Hawkins’ literary sleight of hand to life on the book jacket. To get “the story’s murkiness and beauty to come through,” she placed the text under a fish tank and photographed it through the water. But then she did something else. Look closely at the cover below: Do you notice the blurred outlines of a woman’s face in the depths? “We didn’t want something you can see immediately,” Miceli says. “But when you see it, you can’t unsee it.” Just like a great Paula Hawkins twist.

Into the Water hits shelves May 2, 2017.

The Girl on the Train

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