Quercus has acquired The Girl Before by J P Delaney, a “Hitchcockian thriller” about a woman’s new home that isn't all it seems.
Publisher Stef Bierwerth acquired UK and Commonwealth rights via Denise Cronin at Penguin Random House USA.
Kate Miciak at Ballantine Bantam Dell pre-empted World rights from Caradoc King at United Agents on October 14th at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Since then, rights have sold all around the world: Finnish (Otava), Danish (Lindhardt & Ringhof), Dutch (Cargo/De Bezige Bij), French (Fayard), Greek (Psichogios), Hebrew (Yedioth), Icelandic (Forlagid), Japanese (Hayakawa), Norwegian (Cappelen Damm), Portuguese/Brazil (Intrínseca), Spanish/Catalan (Grijalbo/PRHGE), Swedish (Bonnier), Portuguese (Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial Unipessoal LDA), Russian (AST). A deal was also completed with Doubleday Canada. Multiple-publisher auctions are continuing for Czech, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian, Slovakian and Slovenian rights.
The book promises “twist after twist” to catch readers off-guard in a “haunting portrayal of the darkest shades of obsession”.
Bierwerth said: “The Girl Before is a stunning psychological thriller which amazes me most in its utter uniqueness and the way it injects new energy into a genre that has become so hugely popular. It is fresh and different and it will genuinely surprise anyone who picks it up. We’ll have such fun making this the debut launch for autumn 2016”.
Quercus will be working closely with Ballantine to orchestrate a worldwide launch of The Girl Before and will release the first fifty pages as an exclusive sampler before Christmas.
Quercus will publish in hardback alongside the US edition in autumn/winter 2016.