Century acquires debut from TV writer Overton

Century acquires debut from TV writer Overton

Penguin Random House imprint Century has acquired the debut novel of Hollie Overton, a US TV writer.
 
The novel, Baby Doll, is a psychological thriller about Lily Riser, a 16-year-old who vanishes, leaving behind a distraught mother and twin sister. Eight years later, she escapes her captor and reappears – now with her own 6-year-old daughter in tow. While seeking justice against her abuser, she must also come to terms with how both she and her family have changed.
 
Century publisher Selina Walker acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Baby Doll plus one other title from Jo Rodgers of William Morris Endeavor.
 
Walker said: “This is commercial fiction with a capital C, coupled with real-life dilemmas and issues. What is original about it is that it's about what happens after trauma, and how you come to terms with both your past - and your future. Most of all, it's a really terrific, page-turning read.”
 
Century will publish in hardback in July 2016 simultaneously with Hachette Book Group in the US.
 
Overton is an identical twin herself and drew upon her own experiences to create the book.
 
“I was inspired to write Baby Doll, wanting to give readers insight into the unique nature of the twin relationship, while taking them on a dark and twisted journey,” she said. “Being a published novelist has been a lifelong dream and I can't wait to see Baby Doll in print.”
 
She has also written scripts for the TV shows "Cold Case", "The Client List" and the upcoming "Shadowhunters", based on the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.