Orenda Books has signed a "breathlessly pacy" debut psychological thriller by Sarah Stovell entitled Exquisite.
Karen Sullivan, publisher of Orenda Books, acquired world English rights in a two-book deal negotiated with Hattie Grünewald at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency.
Sullivan said: "Hattie pitched this book to me at the London Book Fair earlier this year, and I was immediately intrigued; in fact, it’s possibly the first submission that I’ve ever 'chased'. This is a sophisticated, exceptionally well-written, dark and twisty psychological thriller that revolves around the intense, sinister relationship that develops between two women: one an aspiring young writer who is drifting through her life, with a dead-end job and a freeloading boyfriend, and the other a successful author living an apparently idyllic life in the Lake District with her husband, children, and a clutch of bestselling books.
"Driven by a dual first-person narrative, Exquisite is a breathlessly pacy, relevant and original thriller, with a genuinely astonishing twist that will have readers flipping back the pages to see what they’ve missed."
Grünewald said: "I’m thrilled that Sarah Stovell’s intense and captivating thriller has found a home at Orenda. I’m sure that with Karen’s help this will be a book on everyone’s 2017 wishlist."
Stovell said: "I am delighted to be working with Karen on Exquisite and my next thriller. She's a great editor with a fantastic group of authors, and I feel really hopeful about our future together."
Exquisite will be published in June 2017.