Quercus is to publish domestic noir novel Undertow by Psychologies magazine associate editor Elizabeth Heathcote.
Fiction publisher Stef Bierwerth acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Undertow via Felicity Blunt at Curtis Brown.
Undertow is the story of Carmen who is "happily married" to Tom, a successful London lawyer and divorcé with three children. She is "content to absorb the stresses of being a stepmother to teenagers — and the stain of being ‘the second wife'. She knows she'll always live in the shadow of another woman – not Tom's first wife Jenny, who is resolutely polite and determinedly home-counties, but the lover who ended his first marriage: Zena. Zena who was shockingly beautiful. Zena who drowned in the sea late one night. But Carmen can overlook her husband's dead mistress . . . until she begins to suspect that he might have been the person who killed her."
Bierwerth said: "We’re thrilled to welcome Elizabeth Heathcote to Quercus. Undertow is a rollercoaster of emotions and suspense and a real treat for all fans of the domestic noir genre. We’re publishing with a quick turnaround and can’t wait to share this wonderful thriller with readers this autumn."
Heathcote has worked as a feature writer and editor on newspapers and magazines for many years. Her jobs have included women's editor and deputy features editor at the Independent on Sunday, as well as freelance feature writing for publications such as the Independent, Observer, Guardian, Marie Claire and Red. She is presently associate editor at Psychologies magazine.
Quercus will publish Undertow in hardback on 1st September 2016.
German rights were pre-empted by Heyne.