I'm still working on the official blurb***** Here are some thoughts that might help:
Meghan Newton is brutally attacked as a teenager, her wounds distinctive and life-altering. Her attacker, Carlton Tubbs, is caught, tried, and sentenced. Nine years later, he is released. (this happened in the late 80's and 90's)
Present Day: Detective Vanessa Stone is chasing a killer of 18 women whose wounds bare the distinctive trademarks of the Meghan Newton case. She is hunting Carlton Tubbs, but it's been 30 years since his crime against Meghan.
Carved in Stone is the story of Carlton Tubbs, an abandoned child who eventually becomes a killer. I call him "The Shadow Man" in the book. He had a very difficult childhood, was abandoned by his mother and father, left at an orphanage. While living at the orphanage, he meets another child who begins to channel his rage, abandonment, and mother issues. Together, they perform small criminal acts that escalate to much larger ones, ending in murder. The book jumps between Carlton's childhood and the current case being investigated by the Sarasota PD (and my protagonist Vanessa Stone). The overarching theme of the book is the proposed existence of this "other child". We don't know till the end if the other child represents Carlton's broken psyche (an imaginary friend) or if he is in fact a real man. I think the "Shadow man" theme could work in a design concept, or something about the split psyche of human beings, or people struggling with inner voices, etc. Or some combination of these themes in conjunction with Vanessa Stone. (She is 37 years old, brunette...but I prefer not to give her a defined "face". I prefer more abstract or shadowed images. This is a series, so abstract images may help maintain symmetry between this cover and subsequent covers for the later books. I like the abstract nature of the CJ Lyons titles, "Snake Skin", "Blood Stained", and ""Kill Zone". I hope this helps. I'll keep thinking of better explanations or "scenes". I appreciate all the great feedback!