Simon & Schuster UK has signed a two-book deal with thriller author Louise Candlish, with the first title billed as a commute-based tale of “passion, envy and murder”.
Suzanne Baboneau, m.d. of the adult publishing division, has secured UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Canada for two novels in a deal brokered by Sheila Crowley of Curtis Brown. The Other Passenger, the first in the new deal, will be published in hardback in 2020 while the second book follows in 2021.
Candlish's most recent titles, Our House and Those People, were published by S&S UK after moving to S&S UK in June 2017. Previously she was published by Penguin and Little, Brown. Our House scooped the 2019 British Book Awards Crime & Thriller Book of the Year in May.
Baboneau, who took over as the author’s editor from Jo Dickinson, publishing director for fiction, said: “Our House, Those People and The Other Passenger – what gifts these novels are to our list. Louise is a supremely talented author in her field. She has an acute eye for what lies beneath our everyday lives and a real instinct for twists and turns within her storylines that properly surprise the reader. We are truly delighted to further cement our relationship with this new deal. Read The Other Passenger and your daily commute to work will never be the same again.”
Candlish said: “I’m so happy to have signed with Suzanne and the S&S dream team for two more titles, following the runaway success of Our House. The Other Passenger has been a joy to write and I hope readers will be entertained – and maybe horrified – by this new tale of passion, envy and murder.”
Crowley said: “It has been a joy to see Louise’s success over the last eighteen months through Simon & Schuster’s strategic publishing of the Nibbie Thriller of the Year, Our House, and we look forward to making The Other Passenger an even greater success.”
Candlish has sold 496,434 books for £2.3m. Her bestseller is 2007’s drama Since I Don’t Have You (Sphere) which has sold 116,742 copies in paperback to date, with Our House just behind on 106,256 (all figures according to Nielsen BookScan).