This book is a mystery that involves politics. However, it needs to draw in readers who would not necessarily read political thrillers.
I’ve tried to make all my ideas easy to visualize by posting images at pinterest where I say what I like about each one: https://www.pinterest.com/crockett1…o-not-ask/
Here is my general idea: Old, yellow Porsche (not too new-looking) enters gates to a mansion. It's early June. The girls are identical twins, 21 years old with long blonde hair. They're wearing identical white silk dresses. They're the type of girls who know they have the world at their feet because of their looks and their family connections. It’s dark outside but we can see the back of the twins (not their faces) as they enter the mansion in their car. The car’s headlights are on. The car’s convertible top is down. The girls’ long blonde hair is flowing in the wind. The mansion is lit up high on a hill in the far distance. OR this scene could take place in front of the mansion from inside the car (as though the car had just arrived at the house and the viewer is sitting behind the girls). In that case, we would see part of the interior of the car, the back of the girls’ blonde hair, and the car’s headlights lighting up the mansion in an eerie way. OR the car can be eliminated entirely. The important thing is that the cover should convey a haunting, unsettling, and ominous feeling to the reader that makes the reader wonder what will happen when the girls (or anyone else) reach/enter the house. I want the front cover to “wrap” to the back cover where perhaps we see the Chesapeake Bay (dark and inky-looking) at the foot of the cliff and/or silhouettes of weeping willow trees (the back cover illustration is not as important as the front). The colors I’m primarily interested in are navy blue and a neon-yellow that pops off the page.
While these are a few ideas, they may be too detailed and distracting for a book cover. Simple is also good, and I’m open to other ideas. In fact, very open. I am not wedded to any one idea, and if you have a terrific design idea that is wildly different, please present it. I’m not a designer, and surprises are welcome, including unusual combinations of colors besides blue and yellow.
However, the fonts have to look "important."