Simon Lelic moves in 'new direction' to Viking

Simon Lelic moves in 'new direction' to Viking

Simon Lelic is moving from Mantle (Pan Macmillan) to Viking (Penguin Random House) for the publication of his new novel, a husband-wife psychological thriller, The House.

Katy Loftus acquired world rights from Caroline Wood at Felicity Bryan Associates for this and another novel by Lelic.

The House is a dual narrative thriller about a young couple who move into their dream home in London, only to find out that someone is playing a sinister game with them. When a local man is murdered on their doorstep they decide to write separate accounts of their story.

Loftus said: "Simon is an original and brilliant writer whom I’ve admired for a long time, and this is undoubtedly his breakout novel. Everyone wants to know where the thriller genre is going next, and all I can say is, I have never read one like this. With its spookily prescient setting in London’s gentrifying suburbs, and the most compelling husband-wife narrative I’ve read since Gone Girl, this book had the entire Viking team hooked. I really couldn’t guess where it was going next, and the twist blew me away. Viking is tremendously excited to be publishing Simon, and I can’t wait to work with this extraordinary writer who brings something completely new to the genre."​

Lelic said: "I'm genuinely thrilled to be working with Katy and the rest of the team at Viking. The House marks a new direction for me - my first foray into the realm of psychological thrillers - and it's incredibly exciting to have such a talented and dynamic team behind me."

Lelic’s first novel, Rupture, was acquired at auction by Picador in September 2008, won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the John Creasy Debut Dagger. His second and third novels were The Facility and The Child Who (Picador).