The Silent Wife author dies

Canadian writer A S A Harrison, whose debut novel The Silent Wife (Headline) is due for worldwide release in June, has died.

The writer had been due to participate in July's Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, as part of Val McDermid's "New Blood" panel event, which each year showcases the best new talent in international crime writing.

McDermid said she was "very saddened to hear of this news, particularly in the light of such a terrific debut novel." 

The Silent Wife has gained pre-publication praise from other writers including Kate Atkinson, who called it "a very clever, very funny comedy of manners spliced with a domestic thriller" and Sophie Hannah, who called it a "superb . . . novel about the dark side of marriage and relationships".  S J Watson called it "brilliantly addictive".

Harrison's UK editor Marion Donaldson said: "I was very shocked to hear the terrible news of Susan's death. She was a hugely gifted writer and it was a great pleasure to work with her in the run-up to our publication of The Silent Wife. We're all deeply saddened at the loss."

The author, who was 65, is understood to have been suffering from cancer.