Corvus has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Try Not to Breathe, a psychological thriller by debut novelist Holly Seddon.
Corvus editorial director Maddie West cut the deal with Nicola Barr from Greene & Heaton.
The debut involves journalist Alex, "whose career and personal life is on the skids and who is spiralling into alcoholism when she is offered a lifeline by investigating the case of Amy, who has been in a coma for fifteen years since she was attacked as a schoolgirl."
Rights were pre-empted by Heyne in Germany within 24 hours and Linda Morrow at Ballantine acquired US rights at auction.
Corvus will publish in Spring 2016.