Orenda Books has signed The Other Twin, a "dark, sexy" debut psychological thriller by Lucy V Hay.
Karen Sullivan, publisher of Orenda Books, acquried world English language rights for The Other Twin, in a two-book deal negotiated with Hattie Grünewald at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency.
Sullivan said: "This is a book whose premise grabbed me from the outset, and the writing, sublime and complex plotting, and very contemporary setting and storyline made it stand out from the rest. The Other Twin focuses on twenty-something Poppy and her quest to find out the truth behind the death of her sister India, who has fallen to her death from a bridge over the London to Brighton railway. Taking the reader into the lanes of Brighton, into the city’s gay scene and well-heeled families, The Other Twin is not just a fabulously layered, dark and twisty psychological thriller, but also an expose of the social media generation, where resentments, attachments and accusations are all played out online and identities are made and remade according to what is convenient or expedient at the time."
She added: "This is an exceptionally relevant thriller, with an unforgettable cast of characters, a relentless tension and a chilling denouement, and Lucy is an unbelievably talented writer. I am looking forward to see her soar in the Orenda stable, and could not be more excited to welcome her to the team."
Grünewald said: "Lucy and Karen make a dynamic team and The Other Twin is a wonderful debut – dark, sexy and with twists you won’t see coming. I’m very excited to see Orenda publish."
Hay said: "I'm delighted to be working with Karen. As a crime fiction fan I've loved Orenda's output, so feel The Other Twin couldn't be in better hands."
The Other Twin will be published in early 2018.