Amazon Publishing’s crime and thriller imprint, Thomas & Mercer, has signed two new books from Claire McGowan, author of standalone thriller The Fall (Headline) and the Paula Maguire series.
World English rights for two as-yet-untitled books were signed from Diana Beaumont at Marjacq Scripts Ltd.
The first in the deal is an "expertly plotted" domestic suspense novel, exploring how a woman identifying as a feminist reacts when her own husband stands accused of assault by her best friend. It will be published in June 2019 with the second book to follow in autumn 2019.
McGowan said it marked a "change in direction" of her work.
"When I first had the idea for this book, I didn't realize I would finish it in the midst of so many difficult discussions about assault, accusation, and proof. I wanted to examine what would happen to a woman who identifies as a feminist, and fully supports other women who come forward with allegations, when her own husband has been accused by her best friend. I'm so pleased to be working with Thomas and Mercer and really look forward to this change of direction in my work’," she said.
Editor Jack Butler said: "We’re absolutely delighted to have Claire join us at Amazon Publishing. The first of the these two new books is an expertly plotted domestic suspense novel, centered around a violent assault which takes place during a dinner party – and a woman who must choose who to believe between her husband and her best friend. I was gripped from the very first page and knew immediately that Claire would be a perfect fit for Thomas & Mercer."
Dominic Myers, Ddrector of Amazon Publishing EU, added: "We can’t wait to help grow Claire’s existing fan base and attract many new readers, both in the UK and globally."
McGowan also writes under the psuedonym Eva Woods. Under this pen name she last published the bitter-sweet novel How to be Happy - the story of Annie who has to relearn the habit of happiness from her new friend Polly, who happens to be terminally ill - with Sphere in October 2017.