Headline Publishing Group has bought an "emotionally charged thriller", Jump, from Toronto-based journalist Samantha Bailey.
The high-concept thriller follows a young widow whose life is put in danger when a stranger hands her a baby – and then jumps in front of a train.
Editorial director Sherise Hobbs acquired British Commonwealth rights in Bailey’s debut novel from Sarah Manning on behalf of Jenny Bent of the Bent Agency. A deal for North American rights was struck with Simon & Schuster Canada by Jenny Bent of the Bent Agency, with deals in other major foreign territories. Jump will be published as a paperback original in autumn 2019.
Hobbs said: "From its gut-wrenching first sentence ‘Take my baby’, Jump grabbed me by the throat and didn’t let go. Samantha takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride of twists, turns and red herrings. She also made me care deeply about her two female leads, one longing to be a mother, the other a new mother driven to apparent madness. This is a highly charged emotional thriller set to get women everywhere talking."
Bailey is a Toronto-based journalist who has written extensively for Now Magazine, Oxford University Press, and many other publications. She is the co-founder of BookBuzz, a promotional and interactive author event held in New York City and Toronto that has attracted the attention of prominent publicists, influential media and authors.
Across other territories, German rights have goen to Heyne/Diana, Italian rights to Garzanti, Spanish (world) rights to Roca Editorial, Czech rights to Euromedia, Slovakian rights to Ikar and Hungarian rights to General Press.