Sphere Fiction has bagged UK and Commonwealth rights to a début psychological thriller.
Anna Carmichael at Abner Stein struck the deal with commissioning editor Viola Hayden for Allison M Dickson’s Mrs Miller and the Other Mrs Miller, which follows a lonely suburban house-wife who finds her life entangled with that of a family that moves in across the street, at the same time as she becomes convinced that someone is watching her.
The pre-empt follows a "hotly contested" multi-publisher auction in the United States: Margot Lipschultz at Putnam, Penguin Random House, acquired North American rights from Stephanie Kip Rostan at Levine Greenberg Rostan.
Hayden commented: "From the moment I started reading Mrs Miller I knew it was something special. I raced through the manuscript in a matter of hours, I haven’t been as captivated by any submission in a really long time. Allison is a superb writer with break-neck pace, turn-on-a-dime plotting, and a killer unforeseeable twist – I am beyond thrilled that she’s chosen Sphere to be her UK home."
Global publication is planned for summer 2019.