Atlantic Books imprint Corvus has signed a deal for two new novels by Catherine Ryan Howard including a "creepy, claustrophobic" thriller.
The publisher acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) to Ryan Howard's next two novels from Jane Gregory at Gregory & Company/David Higham.
The first, The Liar's Girl, is due for publication in March 2018. The title follow's Dublin's notorious Canal Killer, Will Hurley, who is 10 years into his life sentence when the body of a young woman is fished out of the Grand Canal. Though detectives suspect they are dealing with a copycat, they turn to Will for help. He claims he has the information the police need, but will only give it to one person - the girl he was dating when he committed his horrific crimes.
Alison Smith has spent the last decade abroad, putting her shattered life in Ireland far behind her. But when she gets a request from Dublin imploring her to help prevent another senseless murder, she is pulled back to face the past - and the man - she's worked so hard to forget.
Ryan Howard's first book Distress Signals was published by Atlantic in 2016. She said: "I couldn't be happier to be writing two more books for Corvus. The whole team there is incredibly enthusiastic, there is no better editor than Sara O'Keeffe, and their crime/thriller list continues to go from strength to strength. I'm not only looking forward to the future, I'm excited about it."
O’Keeffe said: ‘We’re thrilled to have signed another deal with Catherine. She has brilliant authorial instincts and is amassing an impressive list of fans in the trade. I’m excited to continue working with Catherine and look forward to publishing her amazing second novel, The Liar’s Girl, next month!"
Published on 1st March 2018 in trade paperback and e-book, The Liar’s Girl is Corvus’ lead thriller for Spring 2018.