Farshore has netted a “bone-chillingly atmospheric” YA thriller set in the Cajun setting of Deep South Louisiana, from debut author Ginny Myers Sain.
Lindsey Heaven, fiction publishing director, signed UK and Commonwealth rights for two books with Philippa Milnes-Smith of The Soho Agency on behalf of Peter Knapp at Park & Fine Literary and Media. First title Dark and Shallow Lies, for ages 12+, will be published on 3rd September 2021 alongside PRH in the US, which acquired both books in a significant pre-empt.
Dark and Shallow Lies tells the story of a teen girl who disappears from her small town deep in the bayou, “where magic festers beneath the surface of the swamp like water rot”.
The synopsis goes on: “Seventeen-year-old Grey’s annual visit to La Cachette, Louisiana is different this year. This tiny town, where she spends her summers, is the self-proclaimed Psychic Capital of the World—and the place where Elora Pellerin, Grey's best friend, disappeared six months earlier. As she digs into what happened that night, it becomes clear to Grey that everyone is hiding something: her grandmother; her childhood crush, Hart; even her late mother, whose secrets continue to reverberate through Grey’s life from beyond the grave. And when she unearths a connection between Elora’s disappearance and a pair of grisly murders from 13 years ago, Grey realizes La Cachette’s past is far more present and dangerous than she’d ever understood. The town’s watery secrets don’t lie as deep as some of its inhabitants may think...”
The US author has spent the past 20 years working closely with teens as a director and acting instructor in a programme designed for students who want a professional theatre career.
She said: “It is an honour to partner with Electric Monkey on the release of Dark and Shallow Lies in the UK, and to join the ranks of their incredible list of authors. It was clear to me that the team there immediately understood what I was setting out to do with this book: to write a twisty thriller that will keep people guessing, while also exploring the shifting nature of family and community in a small town where secrets and traumas have been passed down through the generations. I can’t wait to share it with readers throughout the world.”
Heaven added: “Ginny has created an astonishingly brilliant debut thriller in Dark and Shallow Lies. I couldn’t put it down after reading the first page and it kept me awake all night! Its intensity, atmospheric setting and expertly woven supernatural backdrop make this the perfect crossover novel for both the YA and adult audience. It’s the book that everyone will be talking about in 2021 and beyond.”