Orion Fiction has signed a debut novel with a “brilliant concept combined with emotive writing” which it says will “leave hearts in throats”.
Ben Willis, senior commissioning editor at Orion Publishing Group acquired world all language and film/TV rights to Where The Missing Go by Emma Rowley from Clare Hulton, to be published by Orion Fiction in June 2018.
It tells the story of Kate, a volunteer at a missing persons helpline, who late one evening receives a call from a person she thinks is her missing daughter Sophie.
Rowley said: “Every day, missing persons helplines in the UK take phone calls from runaways and relay messages back to their loved ones. When I read about these services I wondered: what if you took a call from someone you thought had disappeared forever?”
She added: “I wanted to tell a story that puts the powerful mother-daughter bond at its heart to drive a page-turning narrative where readers can really care about what happens next. I can’t wait for Orion to publish Kate’s tale.”
Willis said the book was a “brilliant concept combined with quality, emotive writing – that rare thing. Emma has succeeded in writing a thriller that’s got all the pace of Harlan Coben’s Tell No One and the emotive grip of Clare Mackintosh’s I Let You Go. It’s going to both thrill readers and leave a hell of a lot of hearts in throats.”