THIS QUOTE COULD LEAD TO AN EXCELLENT COVER - ‘Fresh murals painted on three walls, gaudy, gold cherubs, angels, nymphs, sirens, fairies, clouds, harps, stars. Painted skilfully. Another bed, a body beneath a white sheet. And on the sheet, neatly in cursive, the words “Sleep Well”, glittering in damp gold paint.’
Mood - SOMBRE- murdered children
Perhaps include RORY STEELE, the male detective - good looking, tall, muscles, Aussie guy, dark hair, chic magnet, sexy, friendly
NO dead bodies to give away plot. Five children are abducted from outside CANDY STORE IN FLORIDA USA. Store has no particular name. They are in school uniform and alight from a school bus. Rory is an expert in child abduction cases. He is from Australia. Is invited to help with the case at Fort Lauderdale Police Dept. (USA) Falls in love with female detective in Special Crimes Unit, working with him. The become engaged. Vacation in Australia at end of book. She is killed in car accident. Very sad dark book. Some very graphic sex scenes. Children mutilated, posed - cover should depict the SENSELESSNESS OF CRIMES committed by pedophiles, psychopaths. Happy for designer to interpret from this. Any suitable font. Average size for crime novel paperback.
The murderer is called THE MONSTER. After each killing he repeats PHRASES such as ‘Sleep, baby, sleep’, ‘Have a Good Night’s Sleep’, ‘Sweet Dreams’, ‘Sleep Well’, and finally ‘Sleep for Eternity’. These could be incorporated into front cover.
Other quotes from book might help you, ‘Cathy struggled off the bus, school bag in one hand and a hockey stick and sports bag held precariously in the other’ ; ‘She was lying on a cold cement floor, softly sobbing, terrified,’ ; ‘Let them spiral and whirl, like metallic confetti
Swirling around the moon and the stars
Spinning through the Universe.’ (Part of female detectives love poem read by Rory Steele)