Hot Key buys 'heart-pounding' Lockhart novel

Hot Key buys 'heart-pounding' Lockhart novel

Hot Key Books has bought UK and Ireland rights in We Are Liars, a YA novel from National Book Award finalist E Lockhart [pictured], with m.d. Sarah Odedina calling it "a one-sitting heart-pounding read".

Editor-at-large Emma Matthewson pre-empted on the novel in a deal done with Elizabeth Kaplan of The Elizabeth Kaplan Agency within 48 hours of submission. Hot Key will publish on 15th May, within days of US publication (Delacorte).

We Are Liars is described as "a modern, sophisticated suspense novel" following the destruction of a wealthy and privileged New England family.

Matthewson said: "This has been one of those books that just sucked everybody in from the moment we started reading. E Lockhart has written a book of contrasts and of many parts, and that is what makes this book so very, very extraordinary and addictive."

The novel will be supported by a "major sales and marketing campaign", with proof copies being produced within a week of the book's acquisition, and "a dedicated helpline that booksellers can call to talk about the ending."

Hot Key m.d. Sarah Odedina said everyone at the company was "excited and so energised by having this breathtaking book on the list", calling it "a one-sitting heart-pounding read."