Little, Brown Book Group’s Sphere imprint has bought a “striking and original” debut psychological thriller.
Senior editor Jade Chandler bought world rights in The Primrose Path and its sequel, by Rebecca Griffiths, from Jane Gregory at Gregory and Company.
The Primrose Path is set in rural Wales, where protagonist Rachel is running from her past.
Her tormentor has been in prison for 17 years, but is about to be released. Rachel thinks she has escaped him, but it soon becomes clear there is someone watching her.
Chandler said: “I was completely hooked on Rebecca’s wonderful, instinctive writing from page one of the manuscript. The Primrose Path is an engrossing read with a beautiful countryside setting and a fantastic cast of characters, all with dark secrets of their own. I was so drawn in by Rebecca’s skilful narrative that I completely failed to see the massive twists coming, which was a delight.”
Griffiths said: ‘The setting of this book was greatly inspired by the rural environment I live in and the characters, although totally fictitious, could conceivably live in such a location, as the remoteness allows them to keep secrets – or so they think. I feel that stories should reward the reader by taking them on a journey for which they cannot anticipate the outcome.”
Gregory said: “It is truly marvellous to bring together an author and an editor who is so passionate about her work. Jade’s enthusiasm for Rebecca Griffiths was so contagious that the whole Sphere team read the typescript overnight and all are completely behind the launch of Rebecca’s literary career.”
The Primrose Path will be published in hardback, export trade paperback and e-book in March 2016 and will be followed by a paperback later that year.