In short, this is a novel about a man, after losing everything, contemplates suicide when this mysterious woman, (The Strange Intruder), appeared and basically saved his life. Below is an excerpt in which we would like to base the cover design on:
"The sleep Nicholas had expected was soon interrupted by a lighting bolt and a series of loud thunder which caused the doors to rattle and the lights to go out for a minute or so. Then, without warning, the worst of the storm hit the house, causing the front door to blow open with a loud bang. There in the doorway was the silhouette of a young woman, with flaming red hair, holding a small red suitcase."
A couple of design themes we had in mind was: (although we are open to ideas).
1. Perhaps a view from the inside of the house, from a chair the main character is sitting in, peering outside through the open front door, with a storm in the background, and the silhouette or image of a woman standing in the doorway holding a suitcase.
2. A country house, with a front porch and a couple of rocking chairs, (which are symbolic in the novel), with a storm brewing above, with a super-imposed image of a red-headed woman from the shoulders up on the front.