Hodder & Stoughton has acquired The Courier by debut author Holly Down.
Commissioning editor Thorne Ryan bought world all language rights from Daisy Parente at Lutyens & Rubinstein.
The Courier is described as a "gripping, page-turning psychological suspense" novel which will follow Laurel Lovejoy, who one had it all, but now aged 40, she is alone and working for a courier service. She has discovered that being a delivery driver makes her invisible; people accept her presence without question and they go about their lives unaware of how much she sees.
Laurel is particularly fascinated by the residents of Paradise Found and sometimes finds herself there on her days off. Then one day Laurel sees something in one of the houses—something that blows her whole world apart, and will have devastating consequences for everyone.
Ryan said: "The Courier is one of those books that keeps you up reading into the early hours, and then lying in bed unable to sleep for the rest of the night. Full of twists and turns, compelling characters and a narrative voice that pulls you irresistibly yet unsettlingly along, it is up there with the best psychological suspense novels around. Holly is such a huge talent, and I couldn’t be happier to be working with her to bring her debut novel into the world."
Down commented: "I am beyond thrilled to be publishing my debut novel with Hodder. A global pandemic has certainly been an interesting time to write a psychological thriller—and has provided lots of inspiration! I hope readers enjoy the characters and twists as much as I have enjoyed writing them."
The Courier will be published in e-book June 2021, with a paperback to follow in August 2021.
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