HarperCollins is to publish two psychological thrillers by Cass Green, author of In a Cottage in a Wood (HarperCollins).
Sarah Hodgson, deputy publishing director at HarperCollins, signed world rights from Mark Stanton at The North Agency.
Don’t You Cry, the first novel on the contract, centres around Nina, a newly-single mum. After a disastrous blind date, surly waitress Angel calls her a taxi. Safe at home later that evening, Nina is surprised by a knock on the door. It’s Angel – and she’s pointing a gun at her. Minutes later, Angel’s younger brother Lucas turns up, hands covered in blood and shielding a newborn baby inside his jacket. Nina is about to endure the longest night of her life – a night that will be filled with terror and lead her to take risks she would never have believed herself capable of.
The novel will be published in Autumn 2018.
Green said: "The new book is about what happens when a 'good Samaritan' turns out to be someone else entirely. It’s so exciting to be working with my brilliant editor Sarah Hodgson and the HarperCollins team again."
Hodgson said: "Not only is Cass Green a truly talented writer, she’s also a joy to work with, and I couldn’t be more delighted to be publishing two more novels with her, giving us the opportunity to build on the successes of The Woman Next Door and In a Cottage in a Wood. Cass’s characters really do come to life on the page, and she’s a genius at putting them in unexpectedly challenging situations, whilst making them utterly relatable. Her novels are characterized by a hugely page-turning quality that brings readers back for more."
Stanton said: "Cass’ first novel was so good I was gobsmacked it didn’t spark a heated auction. But Sarah did a terrific job with it on the Killer Reads list, and I feel a little vindicated that it has now sold over 120,000 copies. In a Cottage in a Wood reaching the Sunday Times top ten was fantastic - particularly in the week that we launched The North - and I hope the new novel will do even greater things: Cass certainly deserves every success coming her way."