Amanda Jennings is “over the moon” to have signed a two-book deal with HarperCollins imprint HQ.
Publishing director Kate Mills acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Broo Doherty at the David Headley Literary Agency.
The first book, The Cliff House, will be published in hardback February 2018 and tells the story of "a destructive friendship" between two teenage girls, set against “an opulent Art Deco house perched high above the sea”.
A HQ spokesperson said: “It marks the start of a dark, suspenseful new series set against the brooding Cornish coastline.”
Mills said: “I’m delighted that Amanda is joining our growing fiction list at HQ. She’s a hugely talented writer and she reminds me of Barbara Vine with an uncanny ability to make the ordinary seem threatening, and her unerring ability to turn and twist a plot on a pinhead. The Cliff House held me spellbound from the very first page, and this is the start of a terrific new series exploring bad things that happen in beautiful places. I’m very much looking forward to working with her.”
Jennings said: “I am over the moon to have the opportunity to write two books for HQ. It's a very exciting imprint doing brilliant things, and I'm thrilled to be working with Kate and the rest of the team.”
Doherty said: “Amanda is a star in the making and it’s wonderful to sign this new deal with HQ and Amanda her develop this series with Kate. I couldn’t be more pleased.”
Jennings has written three previous novels: In Her Wake (Orenda 2016) and The Judas Scar (Cutting Edge Press, 2014) – both of which were Kindle Top 5 bestsellers - and Sworn Secret (Canvas, 2012).