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  • 1
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    After All I've Done A Novel Mina Hardy
    9781643859606 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:June 07, 2022
    $22.99 CAD 5.47 x 8.24 x 0.73 in | 0.7 lb | 272 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Crooked Lane Books
    • Marketing Copy

      Writing as Mina Hardy, New York Times bestselling author Megan Hart delivers a thrilling new psychological suspense for fans of The Woman in the Window and When the Lights Go Out.

      She’s lost her best friend, her husband—and possibly, her mind.

      Five months ago, an accident left Diana Sparrow badly injured and missing a few months of her memory. As if that’s not enough, she’s started having recurring nightmares about the night of the accident. Dreams that feel so real, she’s left questioning: maybe she didn’t just slide off the road into a ditch. Maybe, just maybe, she hit something. Or someone.

      She can’t turn to her former best friend Val, who’s been sleeping with Diana’s husband Jonathan for months, but she might find some comfort in newcomer Cole Pelham. Yet the closer they become, the more Diana begins to wonder what really happened that night—and how Cole might be connected. Worse, it seems everyone else could be involved, too.

      Who was with her that night? What really happened? As her life unravels thread by thread and the dreams become too real to ignore, Diana will have to face the unthinkable—and do the unforgivable.

      Story Locale: New York
      Mina Hardy writes books. Usually, they feature good people making bad choices, but sometimes they might be about bad people making good choices. Either way, everyone is basically a mess, and you shouldn’t trust any of them. From twisted tales of domestic suspense to darker stories of bumping in the night, you can expect thrills and a few chills.

      Author Residence: Kettering, OH

      Author Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Praise for After All I’ve Done:


      “A dark, unpredictable, and twisty look at friendship and betrayal, and it will surprise you right up until the end.”

      “An unsettling story that will leave you questioning everything, including the narrator.”

      “[An] expert nightmare…One of those rare thrillers whose answers are even more scarifying than its mysteries.”
      Kirkus, starred review

      “[A] twisty psychological thriller…Hardy does an expert job keeping the emotional heat high.”
      Publishers Weekly

      “Plenty of unexpected twists and turns…Brace yourself!”

      “The domestic suspense and thriller fan’s dream book. Complete with a cast of possibly unreliable characters and missing pieces that must be fitted together, this book will keep readers guessing as they turn page after page.”
      Portland Book Review

      “An enthralling tale of betrayal..Stunning.”
      Fresh Fiction

      ”A perfectly twisted tale of love, betrayal, and the hopes and heartbreaks of friendship. A modern-day Gaslight that I couldn’t put down. Mina Hardy knows exactly how to turn the screws tighter in this story of sharp-edged bonds of friendship with her new thriller, After All I’ve Done. I loved every moment of dark hope and shimmering suspense.”
      —Victoria Helen Stone, bestselling author of Jane Doe 

      “After All I’ve Done will keep readers guessing to the very end, as heroes and villains blur, as love and hate switch places. A great read!”
      —Susan Crawford, author of The Pocket Wife and The Other Widow
      “Twisty and unexpected fun, a psychological thriller about betrayal and friendship that makes you wonder what’s real and what’s not.”
       — Darby Kane, author of Pretty Little Wife
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    Privacy A Novel Nina Sadowsky
    9780593356401 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:June 14, 2022
    $23.00 CAD 5.1 x 7.95 x 0.65 in | 0.49 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Bantam
    • Marketing Copy

      A successful therapist’s world is upended when her patients are targeted in a campaign of twisted psychological harassment in this propulsive novel from the author of Convince Me.

      You never know who’s watching…

      Dr. Laina Landers is good at her job. She’s an accomplished marriage and family therapist, dedicated and compassionate. When one of her patients holds his wife hostage at gunpoint she successfully intervenes, saving both their lives. Laina becomes a media sensation. But as her star rises, a target is placed on her back.

      Not everyone is impressed by Laina’s achievements. Someone has it in for her, and is targeting what matters most to her: her patients. One by one, Laina’s patients spiral after they receive unsettling gifts that mock their deepest fears and hidden traumas, secrets only shared in therapy. Then Laina herself is the target of a home invasion, and when the perpetrators flee, they leave behind the same eerie message that was left for her patients: Watching you.

      Enlisting Cal Murray, the ambitious and charismatic investigative journalist with whom she has an explosive attraction, Laina must examine her patient’s lives as well as her own to identify the culprit. All she knows for sure? It’s someone with access to her records. Someone who wants to destroy her stellar reputation, her newfound success, and even, perhaps, end her life. 

      Story Locale: San Diego, CA

      Publication History: Trade Paperback Original
      Nina Sadowsky is an author, filmmaker, and educator. Her previous novels are Just Fall, The Burial Society, The Empty Bed, and Convince Me. She has written numerous screenplays and produced such films as The Wedding Planner. In addition to her role as program director of NYU Los Angeles, a “semester abroad” program for advanced students considering careers in the entertainment and media industries, Sadowsky also serves as the director of educational outreach for the Humanitas Prize, is on the leadership council of Creative Future, and is a founding member of the Woolfpack, an organization of women showrunners, writers, and producers committed to community and mentorship.

      Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

      Author Hometown: New York, NY
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Pre-pub consumer outreach and reviews

        Social media and influencer campaign

        Random House e-newsletters and websites

        Targeted email marketing

        Major book club outreach

        Publicity: National/local review and feature print attention 

        National/local radio attention 

        Digital review and feature attention 

        Local author promotion: Los Angeles, CA 

    • Awards & Reviews

      Praise for Privacy

      “Screenwriter and filmmaker Sadowsky gives readers a rapidly paced, suspenseful thriller that makes the most of such hot-buatton issues as privacy, professional ethics, media malfeasance, and race relations. This one seems bound for the big screen.”—Booklist

      Praise for Nina Sadowsky

      “Nina Sadowsky’s…voice is clear, her storytelling skills are remarkable, and her pacing is perfect.”—Sue Grafton

      “A master storyteller.”New York Times bestselling author Wendy Walker
      “Every time you think you’ve unlocked the puzzle, Nina Sadowsky introduces a new twist that makes you start guessing all over again.”New York Times bestselling author Michelle Richmond
  • 3
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    9780735237636 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date:June 14, 2022
    $22.95 CAD 5.49 x 8.21 x 1.02 in | 0.88 lb | 384 pages Carton Quantity:24 Penguin Canada
    • Marketing Copy

      Detective Elise King investigates a man’s disappearance in a seaside town where the locals and weekenders are at odds with each other, in this suspenseful new novel from the #1 bestselling author of The Widow.

      Elise King is a successful and ambitious detective. Or she was, before a medical leave left her unsure if she’d ever return to work. She now spends most days watching the growing tensions in her small seaside town of Ebbing: the weekenders renovating old bungalows into luxury homes, and the locals resentful of the changes. 

      Elise can only guess what really happens behind closed doors. But Dee Eastwood, her housecleaner, knows. She’s an invisible presence in many of the houses in town. Dee sees and hears everything. 

      The conflicts boil over when a newcomer wants to put their town on the map with a giant music festival, and a teenage girl ends up dead from a drug overdose. When a man also disappears the first night of the festival, Elise is drawn back into her detective work and starts digging for answers. Ebbing is a small town, but it’s full of myriad secrets and hidden connections that run deeper and darker than Elise could have ever imagined. 

      Story Locale: Small coastal town and Sussex, England

      Publication History: Original Trade Paperback
      FIONA BARTON is the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow, The Child and The Suspect. She has trained and worked with journalists all over the world. Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards. Born in Cambridge, England, she lives in England.

      Author Residence: England

      Author Hometown: England
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Toronto Star bestseller

      “In the community of Ebbing, Fiona Barton has created a town full of suspense and a cast of characters with so many reasons to keep secrets buried deep. A dark and twisty read.”
      —Nita Prose, New York Times bestselling author of The Maid

      “Fiona Barton is a brilliant storyteller, a master of plot and character. I absolutely loved this smart, twisty novel!”
      —Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door
      “Tense and full of reveals and twists. This compulsively dark mystery is a joy to read. Fiona Barton never disappoints!”
      —Lesley Kara, international bestselling author of The Rumor

      “[F]inds all the right twists and turns…Barton successfully spins and weaves the novel’s various storylines with ease…. As in any good thriller, there’s more to the story than meets the eye….[R]eaders will savor untangling the intricate web Barton weaves.”
      —USA Today

      “Fiona Barton does it again in her new novel Local Gone Missing….an excellent read for fans of the mystery and suspense genre. Perfect for fans of Kerry Wilkinson, Harlen Coben, and Karin Slaughter.”
      —Seattle Book Review
      “Barton presents such an embarrassment of riches that the tale has almost run its course before the coppers have a chance to sit down with Stuart Bennett, the just-freed burglar…Layers and layers of unlovely revelations about people who seemed perfectly nice.”
      —Kirkus Reviews

      “Barton’s facility at creating plausible characters makes emotional involvement with them easy. Minette Walters fans will be pleased.”
      —Publishers Weekly

      “Barton skillfully pivots here from the globe-trotting reporting that drives her Kate Waters series toward domestic crime awash in village secrets. Readers drawn in by Elise’s hawk-eyed detecting and hard-edged vulnerability won’t see the final twist coming.”

      “Fans of Barton’s mysteries will enjoy identifying Ebbing’s bad actors and figuring out how the characters’ backstories weave together to allow Elise and her team to solve the crime.”
      —Library Journal

      “Barton writes with the pacing, plotting and richly drawn characters of the best English dramas on PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery. Cue this one up.”
      —Minneapolis Star Tribune

      “A cleverly crafted puzzle that has emotional heft and social commentary as well as an intriguing web of mysteries.”
      —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

      “[A] compulsive mystery that will have you pushing your bedtime, promising to read just one more chapter.”
      —E! Online

      “Local Gone Missing follows a variety of residents in the tiny English seaside town, from an inquisitive cleaning lady with a dark past to vacationers with a secret agenda. It all comes to a head during a musical festival that ends with dual overdoses, a possible murder and a host of spilled secrets. New York Times best­selling author Fiona Barton spins a tangled web of dirty money, bloodshed and deceit. Though Local Gone Missing’s plot is wonderfully twisty with a sur­prising and satisfying conclusion, it’s the characters who stand out. Foremost among them is the compelling and well-drawn Elise, who’s struggling to adjust to life back on the force after returning from medical leave. Thanks to Barton’s airtight plotting and impeccable characteri­zation, a minibreak by the sea will never seem relaxing again.”

      “A captivating read. A first-grade suspense novel and highly recommended…. Barton demonstrates, one more time, why she is considered a master of the craft.”
      —Mystery Tribune

      “Sometimes all you need is a smart, swift mystery you can knock out in one too-hot afternoon.”
      —Entertainment Weekly
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    The House Across the Lake A Novel Riley Sager
    9780593183199 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:June 21, 2022
    $36.00 CAD 6.21 x 9.28 x 1.22 in | 1.21 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:12 Dutton
    • Marketing Copy

      The New York Times bestselling author of Final Girls and Survive the Night is back with his “best plot twist yet.” (People, ”Best Summer Books")

      Casey Fletcher, a recently widowed actress trying to escape a streak of bad press, has retreated to the peace and quiet of her family’s lake house in Vermont. Armed with a pair of binoculars and several bottles of bourbon, she passes the time watching Tom and Katherine Royce, the glamorous couple living in the house across the lake. They make for good viewing—a tech innovator, Tom is powerful; and a former model, Katherine is gorgeous.

      One day on the lake, Casey saves Katherine from drowning, and the two strike up a budding friendship. But the more they get to know each other—and the longer Casey watches—it becomes clear that Katherine and Tom’s marriage isn’t as perfect as it appears. When Katherine suddenly vanishes, Casey immediately suspects Tom of foul play. What she doesn’t realize is that there’s more to the story than meets the eye—and that shocking secrets can lurk beneath the most placid of surfaces.

      Packed with sharp characters, psychological suspense, and gasp-worthy plot twists, Riley Sager’s The House Across the Lake is the ultimate escapist read…no lake house required.
      Riley Sager is the pen name of a former journalist from Princeton, New Jersey. His first novel, Final Girls, was a national and international bestseller that has been published in more than two dozen countries and won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Hardcover Novel. Sager’s subsequent novels The Last Time I Lied, Lock Every Door, Home Before Dark, which received the Crimson Scribe Award by Suspense Magazine, and, most recently, Survive the Night were New York Times bestsellers. His sixth novel, The House Across the Lake, is forthcoming in Summer 2022.

      Author Residence: Princeton, NJ
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    • Awards & Reviews

      “Sager’s best plot twist yet.”
      People, “Best Summer Books”

      “Pure escape…A voyeuristic page-turner. After I read it, I dove for more Sager: luckily he has five others, bestsellers all.”
      The Boston Globe, “Ten Thrillers to Read on Your Summer Vacation”

      “The tale takes a series of weird turns, morphing into a cross between Silence of the Lambs and The Exorcist…. As with Sager’s first five thrillers, the characters are well drawn and the prose is first rate.”
      —Associated Press

      “It’s a familiar psychological thriller structure—until everything changes…. A page-turning climax.”
      —USA Today

      “The thrills and chills are all present and accounted for in this tale.”
      —E! News

      The House Across the Lake reads like a psychological thriller version of The Great Gatsby, featuring binoculars for more accurate across-the-lake spying, smaller gatherings for a shorter list of suspects, and a truly bat**** twist for more satisfying consumption. So basically The Great Gatsby, but better. I know, them’s fightin’ words.”

      “A suspense novel brimming with twists and turns.”

      “Riley Sager is a master of the art of the thriller.”
      —Shondaland, “The Best Books for June 2022”

      “A classic tale brimming with Hitchcockian suspense.”
      —BookTrib, “Put These 12 Summer Reads in Your Beach Bag”

      “Highly entertaining…Sager keeps the Rear Window-esque plot of The House Across the Lake focused keenly on believable characters who may not always be likable but who readers will care deeply about…. Deliciously eerie plot.”
      South Florida SunSentinel

      The House Across the Lake is the work of a master storyteller. A Hitchcockian premise is given an exciting new spin, as voyeurism, murder, and the lies we tell ourselves about our nearest and dearest spiral out of control in this gripping mystery, where nothing is what it seems. I had a thrilling time reading this. An unputdownable page-turner.”
      —Alex Michaelides, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient and The Maidens

      “Riley Sager is an auto-buy for me, and his latest propulsive thriller, The House Across the Lake, may just be my favorite of his yet. With his characteristic mix of dynamic characters and riveting plot twists, Sager will keep you turning the pages in his foray into secrets, grief, revenge, and love.” 
      Laura Dave, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Thing He Told Me

      The House Across the Lake pulls you under on the first page and doesn’t let you come up for air. With fascinating characters, a suffocating setting, and an intriguing premise, Riley Sager relentlessly turns up the tension on every page. Good luck putting this book down.”
      Simone St. James, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Cold Cases

      “For a fresh and twisty take on Rear Window, just add water: The House Across the Lake is a propulsive, tautly plotted, and atmospheric thriller with a vividly drawn cast of compelling characters and a final what-just-happened twist that will have you reeling. Loved it!”
      —Ellery Lloyd, internationally bestselling author of The Club

      “[An] outstanding novel of suspense…Sager brilliantly misdirects readers while playing fair with them. Newcomers and fans both will be eager to see what he pulls off in his next book.”
      —Publishers Weekly (starred)

      “Sager is the literary equivalent of a master chef, using a deft hand to configure tasty ingredients…then adding a generous pinch of pulp and a delicious surprise at the end. The result is an addictive beach read that fans will devour in one sitting and leave feeling thoroughly sated.”
      BookPage (starred) 

      ”A highly entertaining read.“
      —Kirkus Reviews

      “Sager is terrific at creating suspense within a confined, sometimes claustrophobic setting…. Fans of stories that keep the heart pounding and the mind engaged will enjoy this one…. One of the genre’s most entertaining authors.”

      “The atmosphere Sager writes is delightfully claustrophobic and the twists surprising while still being plausible.”

      “Casey as the unreliable narrator mixed with suspicious neighbors, supernatural undertones, and multiple blindsiding twists, means Sager (Survive the Night) has written another winner.”
      —Library Journal

      “Go into the book blind for a full experience. The clues are definitely there for you to piece together but I was still surprised. You will be questioning everyone and everything, making this book such a fun read.”
      Mystery and Suspense

      “Sager (Final Girls) offers consistent twists and turns—including one very surprising one—that’ll keep you flipping pages until the end.“
      —New Jersey Monthly

      ”This relentless thriller pulls you in and never lets go before leaving your head spinning with some jaw-dropping revelations and plot twists that only a master of the genre can conceive.“

      “Reader…before you think you know what’s going on, know that you’re wrong. The thing you think that happened? It didn’t. Your second guess? Also wrong. Your third will be wrong as well.”
      —The Big Thrill

      Rear Window gets a jaw-dropping twist in this tense, daring, and utterly propulsive thriller. If you’re not already reading Riley Sager, you’re missing out.“
      Catherine Ryan Howard, #1 Irish bestselling author of 56 Days

      ”Brilliantly written with a dark and clever twist on a well-worn trope, and as for that ending…?! What a fun book. I devoured it!"
      Susi Holliday, author of The Last Resort

      “The plot is packed with twists.” 
      —First For Women
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    The Wife Before A Spellbinding Psychological Thriller with a Shocking Twist Shanora Williams
    9781496731111 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:June 28, 2022
    $22.95 CAD 5.43 x 8.21 x 0.86 in | 0.64 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Dafina
    • Marketing Copy

      Fans of Verity will be engrossed by this unpredictable novel of suspense as a new bride’s fairytale marriage becomes a prison of secrets. From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Perfect Ruin, this insidiously sexy, twist-filled psycho-drama is reminiscent of the classic gothic tale Rebecca.

      “Sexy, scandalous, and striking, this twist-filled psychodrama, like a cosmo, is definitely worth the hype.” –Readers Entertainment Magazine

      BookBub’s Best Mysteries & Thrillers of 2022 | PopSugar’s Best New Thriller and Mystery Books of 2022 | SheReads Best Mystery Books Coming in 2022 | Word Wonder Most Anticipated Non-Speculative Releases For 2022 | Goodreads What to Read Next After Colleen Hoover

      Samira Wilder has never had it easy, and when her latest lousy job goes south, things only promise to get harder. Until she unexpectedly meets a man who will change her life forever. Renowned pro golfer Roland Graham is wealthy, handsome, and caring, and Samira is dazzled. Best of all, he seems to understand her better than anyone ever has. And though their relationship moves a bit fast, when Roland proposes, Samira accepts. She even agrees to relocate to his secluded Colorado mansion. After all, there’s nothing to keep her in Miami, and the mansion clearly makes him happy. Soon, they are married amid a media firestorm, and Samira can’t wait to make a fresh start—as the second Mrs. Graham…

      Samira settles into the mansion, blissfully happy—until she discovers long-hidden journals belonging to Roland’s late wife, Melanie, who died in a tragic accident. With each dusty page, Samira comes to realize that perhaps it was no accident at all—that perhaps her perfect husband is not as perfect as she thought. Even as her trust in Roland begins to dwindle and a shadow falls over her marriage and she begins to fear for her own life, Samira is determined to uncover the truth of Melanie’s troubled last days. But even good wives should know that the truth is not always what it seems…

      “Truly riveting." –Urban Reviews

      “A shocking, sensual thriller.” —Tarryn Fisher, New York Times bestselling author on The Perfect Ruin

      Story Locale: Present Day - Miami and Colorado
      Shanora Williams is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty-five suspense and romance novels, including her traditional publishing debut, The Perfect Ruin, a selection of the Target Diverse Book Club. She began self-publishing in 2012 and first landed on the New York Times bestseller list when she was only nineteen years old. She lives with her husband and three sons near Charlotte, NC and can be found online at ShanoraWilliams.com.

      Author Residence: Matthews, NC (near Charlotte)
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Print and digital ARCs

        National publicity campaign

        Featured author at Kensington Upfronts (January 26, 2022)

        In-person and virtual events

        Video advertising and book trailer

        Special mailings to mystery/thriller bookstores

        Early reviewer promotions through Bookish First, NetGalley and Goodreads

        Social media campaign including advertising, giveaways, shareable images, and dedicated hashtags

        Bookstagram activations

        eNewsletter and email marketing

        Indie bookstore promotion via Kensington Next Contenders program

        SIBA / MPIBA Regional Advertising & ARC Outreach

        Promotion at Annual Conference & Exhibition, Washington, DC,  June 23-28, 2022

        Promotion at 2022 PW US Book Show (May 24-26)

        Advance blurb outreach to booksellers and librarians

    • Awards & Reviews

      Praise for The Wife Before

      “Williams does give both Melanie and Samira multiple dimensions; they're flawed but also strong and determined, and the twist at the end is a surprise.” Kirkus Reviews

      "Shanora Williams drew me in from the beginning and held me captive to the very end. With all the scenarios that came to mind as the truth, the ending was truly riveting. This was my first book by Williams, but it will not be my last. For lovers of a good suspenseful romance, check this one out." —Urban Reviews

      “I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next with these messy lives and I was hooked, there was definitely some juicy material here making this an ideal summer thriller. Definitely recommended as a weekend binge read, this was really addictive!” —Novel Gossip

      “Similar to the iconic cosmopolitan, Shanora Williams’ newest thriller starts off sweet, but quickly turns sour when a passionate marriage takes a deadly turn. Sexy, scandalous, and striking, this twist-filled psychodrama, like a cosmo, is definitely worth the hype.” —Readers Entertainment Magazine

      Advance Praise for The Wife Before from Booksellers & Librarians:

      “Shanora Williams has a keen eye for the tension that can build in a relationship... that paired with strong characters and a carefully built plot make this a read that absolutely begs to be finished in one sitting (which I did!). And that ending—let's just say it comes to a very satisfying conclusion! Plus, I'm a sucker for anything that plays on REBECCA and I got wild REBECCA vibes here!” —Becky LeJeune, Bookbar Denver (Denver, CO)

      “This heart-pounding twisty thriller is an unexpected story of suspicion and redemption.”
      —Cari Dubiel, Twinsburg Public Library (Twinsburg, OH)

      "An exceptional novel that you don't want to miss.” —Laura Fowler, J.V. Fletcher Library (Westford, MA)

      “Shanora Williams weaves an intricate tale of domestic suspense. Readers will be gripped right from the very first sentence. This a must-read for thriller fans.” —Nicole McManus, My Sister's Books (Pawleys Island, SC)

      Praise for The Perfect Ruin

      “This twisty thriller takes readers into a high-class, sinfully privileged world populated with characters who will stop at nothing for what they want. Williams stretches out the tension as readers wonder what Lola did to hurt Ivy and whether their shared past will be revealed. With diabolical turns and surprises at every corner, it’s an ideal summer read.” Booklist STARRED REVIEW

      “A delicious and decadent cocktail of jealousy, passion, and revenge. I was hooked from the very first twist. You’ll love this addictive psychological thriller.” —Alessandra Torre, New York Times bestselling author of Every Last Secret

      "Twisty and impossible to put down! With a cast of diverse characters, Williams brings to life a twisty thriller that'll leave you reeling long after you've read the last page. 10/10 recommend."
      —Claire Contreras, New York Times bestselling author

      "You're going to pick a side, make no mistake. And then you won't put it down until you know the truth. A shocking, sensual thriller with sharp twists." —Tarryn Fisher, New York Times bestselling author of The Wives

      “Williams is an award-winning author of romance and suspense novels; her tale of revenge will find an easy spot in fiction collections. Tailored for book clubs and for those who like to read about the sleazy side of rich elites.” Library Journal

      “In The Perfect Ruin, author Shanora Williams serves up an ice-cold revenge thriller set in the glamorous and steamy hot city of Miami.” —Book Riot

      “The glamour of Miami has a dark side in this twisting story where nothing is what it seems.”
      —WRAL-TV (NBC) North Carolina

      “This is a great story of revenge and the lengths someone will go to get it, and how there are many layers to people’s lives. It’s a great mix of female friendship and thriller.” Parkersburg News and Sentinel/Marietta Times

      “This fast-paced and incredibly entertaining book is perfect for devouring by the poolside. Everyone in this book is terrible, but I mean that in the best way possible. Williams is so incredible at writing her characters that despite the horrible things they do, you still want to root for them.” —Off the Shelf
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    The Finalists David Bell
    9780593198704 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:July 05, 2022
    $23.00 CAD 5.4 x 8.2 x 1 in | 0.76 lb | 400 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Berkley
    • Marketing Copy

      The competitive selection process for a prized college scholarship turns deadly in the latest thriller from USA Today bestselling author David Bell.

      On a beautiful spring day, six college students with nothing in common besides a desperate inability to pay for school gather to compete for the prestigious Hyde Fellowship.

      Milo—The front-runner

      Natalia—The brain

      James—The rule follower

      Sydney—The athlete

      Duffy—The cowboy

      Emily—The social justice warrior

      The six of them must surrender their devices when they enter Hyde House, an aging Victorian structure that sits in a secluded part of campus.

      Once inside, the doors lock behind them. The students are not allowed to leave until they spend eight hours with a college administrator who will do almost anything to keep the school afloat, and Nicholas Hyde, the privileged and notoriously irresponsible heir to the Hyde family fortune. If the students leave before time is up, they’ll be immediately disqualified.

      But when one of the six finalists drops dead, the other students fear they’re being picked off one by one. With a violent protest raging outside, and no way to escape, the survivors viciously turn on each other.

      The Finalists is a chilling and profound look at the lengths both students and colleges will go to survive in a resource-starved academic world.

      Story Locale: Small town Kentucky
      David Bell is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author whose work has been translated into multiple languages. He’s currently a professor of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

      Author Residence: Bowling Green, KY
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Online advertising

        Pre-publication consumer outreach

        Social media campaign

        Influencer outreach

        Consumer sweepstakes

        Library marketing campaign

        Book club promotions

        Discussion guide bound in book

        Discussion guide available online

        Book Club kit

        E-mail marketing campaign

        Feature on PRH.com

        Backlist promotions

        Publicity: Launch event in OH/KY region

        Select author appearances

        National print publicity

        National podcast interview campaign

        Online publicity campaign

        Blog campaign

        Author Website: davidbellnovels.com

        Author Social Media: Facebook.com/DavidBellNovels; Twitter @DavidBellNovels; Instagram @DavidBellNovels
    • Awards & Reviews

      Praise for The Finalists

      “I raced through The Finalists, which is not only a first-rate thriller but an insightful commentary on the challenges facing higher education. The Finalists is proof positive that David Bell is one of the best thriller writers working today.”—Alma Katsu, author of Red Widow

      “Expertly plotted…Bell pays homage to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, skillfully transitioning into the locked-room mystery while simultaneously giving the novel his own spin. The Finalists makes the grade with solid suspense.”—Shelf Awareness

      “There are enough red herrings in The Finalists to satisfy any Agatha Christie fan.”—BookTrib

      “David Bell’s The Finalists’ unique premise and engaging execution is sure to grip the reader from the first chapter.”—Deep South Magazine

      The Finalists shows the cut-throat world of higher education in a microcosm. Issues such as racism, agism, sexism all roil among the six students, the administrator, and the founders. No one is truly innocent, even the victims. Bell manages to push it all—character motivations, social issues, and the lock-room mystery—to the bursting point.”—The Criminal Element
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    Look Closer David Ellis
    9780399170928 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:July 05, 2022
    $36.00 CAD 6.3 x 9.3 x 1.5 in | 1.44 lb | 464 pages Carton Quantity:12 G.P. Putnam's Sons
    • Marketing Copy

      “Wildly entertaining.”—New York Times Book Review

      From the bestselling and award-winning author comes a wickedly clever and fast-paced novel of greed, revenge, obsession—and quite possibly the perfect murder.

      Simon and Vicky couldn’t seem more normal: a wealthy Chicago couple, he a respected law professor, she an advocate for domestic violence victims. A stable, if unexciting marriage. But one thing’s for sure … absolutely nothing is what it seems. The pair are far from normal, and one of them just may be a killer. When the body of a beautiful socialite is found hanging in a mansion in a nearby suburb, Simon and Vicky’s secrets begin to unravel. A secret whirlwind affair. A twenty-million-dollar trust fund about to come due. A decades-long grudge and obsession with revenge. These are just a few of the lies that make up the complex web…and they will have devastating consequences. And while both Vicky and Simon are liars, just who exactly is conning who? Part Gone Girl, part Strangers on a Train, Look Closer is a wild rollercoaster of a read that will have you questioning everything you think you know.

      Story Locale: Chicago (suburb)
      David Ellis is a judge and an Edgar-award-winning author of ten novels of crime fiction, as well as eight books co-authored with James Patterson. In December, 2014, Dave was sworn in as the youngest-serving Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District. Ellis lives outside Chicago with his wife and three children.

      Author Residence: Chicago
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    • Awards & Reviews

      “The fun is figuring out what parts of the story — if any — should be trusted. Though Ellis juggles a great many plot strands, he doesn’t drop them; the result is wildly entertaining, not tedious. It helps that just about every character in the book is the very definition of unreliable.”—New York Times Book Review

      “Suspenseful, sexy, involving, twisty and twisted.”—James Patterson

      “A dizzyingly clever thriller. Endlessly surprising and great fun.”—Lisa Scottoline

      “A tense, tricky thriller that keeps surprising you just when you think you have it figured out. A fun fast read.”—R.L. Stine

      “Impressive…The tale of murder and misdirection is a solid two days of beach escape.”—Chicago Tribune

      “With labyrinthine plots that spin on twist after twist and several never-saw-that-coming turns….Ellis juggles romantic triangles, betrayal after betrayal, revenge and greed for a complex plot that evolves into one solid twist after another. Each character’s shady past and their unshakeable present merge into an exciting plot”—Florida Sun Sentinel

      “Serpentine revelations will surprise even the cleverest mystery readers. This complex tale of triple-crossings and devious revenge should win Ellis new fans.”—Publishers Weekly

      “Twisty, intricately plotted….Even seasoned mystery readers won’t be able to predict all the knots in Simon and Vicky’s tangled web of deception. A roller-coaster ride full of unexpected twists and turns.”—Kirkus Reviews

      “Completely blown away by how smart, sneaky and surprisingly heartfelt this novel is!…Highly recommended.”—Criminal Element

      “A daring, brilliant thriller, full of characters you both love and hate and more unexpected turns than a mountain road at night without your headlights. Tremendous fun!”—Scott Turow, bestselling author of Presumed Innocent and The Last Trial

      “Absolutely dazzling! David Ellis is a master storyteller who keeps us riveted to the pages. A whip-smart and diabolically plotted thriller,  with crackling dialogue, nonstop pacing, and tour de force structure. A profoundly insightful study of greed, obsession, revenge, and justice. Riveting, compelling, and completely entertaining!”—Hank Phillippi Ryan, bestselling author of Her Perfect Life
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    The Perfect Neighborhood A Novel Liz Alterman
    9781639100217 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:July 12, 2022
    $36.99 CAD 6.32 x 9.52 x 1.06 in | 1 lb | 288 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Crooked Lane Books
    • Marketing Copy

      Liz Alterman’s engrossing novel is a thought-provoking read about the dark side of suburbia and the secrets of close-knit communities, perfect for fans of Joshilyn Jackson.

      When actress and model Allison Langley leaves her former rockstar husband, Christopher, in the middle of the night, it’s all her Oak Hill neighbors can talk about. The gossip comes to an abrupt halt when five-year-old Billy Barnes goes missing on his walk home from kindergarten.
      Billy’s mother, Rachel, blames herself for being at work and letting her only child walk alone. Cassidy, Billy’s teenage babysitter, was also late to arrive on the afternoon he disappeared and blames herself for his disappearance.
      As the clock ticks down, police are unable to find any trace of Billy, forcing Rachel to ponder the enemies she’s made in their well-off suburb. Could it be one of her neighbors who stole her son? Would they abduct Billy to hurt her?  How easy would it be to take a child while the parents or nannies are distracted?
      When another child goes missing, the town is put under a microscope as the police try to get to the bottom of the disappearances. Will they be able to find the two children, or will it be too late? What secrets lie at the heart of this tragedy, and how far will one go to keep those dangerous secrets buried?


      Story Locale: New Jersey

      Series Overview: SUBURBAN SUSPENSE: Readers who love Joshilyn Jackson’s Never Have I Ever and Shari Lapeña’s Someone We Know will love Alterman’s take on the secrets that rock small communities to their core.

      DISCUSSION WORTHY CRIME FICTION: Exploring themes like adultery, abuse, and guilt, A Perfect Neighborhood is brimming with timely and thought-provoking portrayals of the evils plaguing small communities. Book clubs and reading groups will have much to discuss. 

      WELL CONNECTED AUTHOR: The author’s writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Parents Magazine to name a few. She will be a wonderful resource for our marketing and publicity teams. 

      LOCAL AUTHOR: Alterman lives where her novel is set and has connections to local stores and libraries. 

      Liz Alterman is the author of a young adult novel, He’ll Be Waiting. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, and other outlets. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and three sons where she spends most days microwaving the same cup of coffee and looking up synonyms. When she isn’t writing, she’s reading.

      Author Residence: Chatham, NJ

      Author Hometown: Basking Ridge, NJ
      Marketing & Promotion
        Publicity: National print and digital publicity

        Galley mailing to local and regional media outlets

        Galley mailing to crime fiction influencers and bloggers

        E-galley available on NetGalley

        Bookspan direct mail/email campaign reaching 1.2 million readers

        Giveaways: Crooked Lane, author, mystery community sites, and blogs

        Featured title on MysteryGuild.com, MG Facebook, and CrookedLaneBooks.com

        Promotion on author’s social media and newsletters

        Virtual author launch events

    • Awards & Reviews

      Praise for The Perfect Neighborhood:
      “Fresh twists…Alterman is off to a promising start.”
      Publishers Weekly

      “Well written from start to finish…perfect for fans of domestic suspense!”
      Manhattan Book Review

      “Alterman deftly uses alternating perspectives to show us the building tensions, leading to one surprising twist after another. I couldn’t put this down.
      —Catherine McKenzie, USA Today bestselling author of Please Join Us and Fractured

      “In theory, The Perfect Neighborhood is the ideal place to raise a family. In reality, it’s disturbing and completely riveting. Inside every house is another fascinating character, another lie, another betrayal. Reading this book made me feel like I lived in Oak Hill, and I refused to leave until every secret was uncovered.” 
      —Samantha Downing, internationally bestselling author of My Lovely Wife and For Your Own Good.

      “In Liz Alterman’s debut psychological suspense novel, The Perfect Neighborhood, everybody is gossiping, everybody is watching, but nobody saw a child disappear. I loved reading the way social paranoia took second place to fear as this picture-perfect suburban community dissolved. Alterman dives deep into the emotional secrets of the babysitter, the retired actress, the mother of the missing boy, and all those neighbors in their "fairytale marriages.” The combination of super-relatable characters and nearly unbearable suspense made it impossible to stop reading”
      —Sarah Warburton, author of You Can Never Tell

      Big Little Lies meets Everything I Never Told You in this wholly propulsive and utterly enthralling neighborhood suspense. With razor-sharp commentary and biting humor, I simultaneously howled with laughter one minute while tearing through the pages, racing toward the entirely shocking conclusion. Liz Alterman is a masterful storyteller and The Perfect Neighborhood is a devour-in-one-sitting read.”
      —May Cobb, author of The Hunting Wives

      “Liz Alterman has crafted a riveting mystery that epitomizes every parent’s greatest fear. With characters so compelling and real in both their humanity and flaws, you’ll feel certain you’ve known these people in real life. A page-turning whodunnit that also packs an emotional wallop, if you love Lisa Jewel’s dark domestic suspense, don’t miss Alterman’s captivating new book. This perfect neighborhood is anything but!”
      —Rebecca Taylor, award-winning author of The Secret Next Door

      “A brilliant snapshot of the cracks in modern, seemingly privileged American suburbia.”
      —Nina Monroe, author of The Children’s Secrets

      “Filled with juicy secrets and delicious twists, The Perfect Neighborhood slyly skewers the suburban ideal. Entertaining, relatable, and wise right up until its spot-on punch of an ending, this is a not miss for all fans of domestic suspense.”
      —L. Alison Heller, author of The Neighbor’s Secret
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    The Swell Allie Reynolds
    9780593187876 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:July 19, 2022
    $36.00 CAD 6.3 x 9.34 x 1.22 in | 1.22 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:12 G.P. Putnam's Sons
    • Marketing Copy

      “Fast-paced, nail-bitingly tense and packed full of twists and turns. I found it unputdownable – loved it!”—Sarah Pearse, author of The Sanatorium

      Point Break meets And Then There Were None in a pulse-pounding beach read that explores the dangerous ties between a group of elite surfers who are determined to find the perfect waves at any cost…even murder.

      The waves are to die for.

      Three years ago, passionate surfer Kenna Ward lost her two great loves—after her boyfriend drowned, she hung up her surfboard and swore off the water for good. But she is drawn back to the beach when her best friend, Mikki, announces her sudden engagement to a man Kenna has never met—a member of a tight-knit group of surfers. Kenna travels to a remote Australian beach, entering a dangerous world far from civilization where the waves, weather, and tides are all that matter. Kenna is tempted back into the surf, and drawn into the dazzling group and the beach they call their own.

      But this coastal paradise has a dark side, and members of the group begin to go missing. Kenna realizes that in order to protect Mikki and learn more about the surfers, she must become one of them…without becoming one of their victims. What follows is an adrenaline-fueled thriller packed with twists and turns, exploring the dangerous edge between passion and obsession.

      Story Locale: Australian Coast
      Allie Reynolds is the author of Shiver. Born in Britain, Reynolds is a former freestyle snowboarder who swapped her snowboard for a surfboard and moved to the Gold Coast in Australia, where she taught English as a foreign language for fifteen years. She still lives in Australia with her family. Reynolds’s short fiction has been published in women’s magazines in the UK, Australia, Sweden, and South Africa.

      Author Residence: Coolangatta, Queensland, Australia

      Author Hometown: Lincoln, England
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    • Awards & Reviews

      “The holiday getaway takes a suspenseful turn.”—Washington Post, “Summer Reading Picks”

      “A surfer who quit the sport after her boyfriend’s drowning is drawn back in by new friends, who may be even more dangerous than the waves they chase.”—People

      “Pick up this adrenaline-pumping novel for a cast of unhinged, sinister surfers, a remote Australian beach and a woman caught in a deadly adventure.”—Parade

      “The author of Shiver moves from the mountains to the beach as a passionate surfer finds herself caught in a deadly adventure. An exhilarating, adrenaline-filled tale of surfing and rock scrambling.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      “This fast-paced, suspenseful thriller with undertones of ’Survivor’ contrasts an idyllic landscape with its savage inhabitants. Recommend this to fans of Ruth Ware, Lucy Foley, and Sarah Goodwin.”—Booklist (starred review)

      “We need more sports thrillers, so I’m glad Allie Reynolds, former professional athlete and author of the brilliant thriller Shiver, wrote The Swell.”—Buzzfeed

      “This pacy travel thriller delivers a secret community, a cast of hot surfers, and a classic dystopian sting in the tail.”—Crimereads

      “If you’re looking for beach reads, it doesn’t get any beachier than The Swell…Prepare to clear your schedule for this Agatha Christie-esque book.”Book Riot

      ”A compulsive page-turner. The hidden motives of this surf-worshipping cultish group of friends, who would do anything necessary to protect their hidden beach from the outside world, maintained a taut suspense that truly had me until the very last page.“—Sally Thorne, author of The Hating Game

      ”A thrill-ride of a novel, The Swell brings together a cast of sinister characters on a remote, surf-pounded beach, where no one is what they seem. A high-octane, addictive summer read, perfect for your beach bag.“—Lucy Clarke, author of One of the Girls

      The Swell is a delicious blend of travel and danger, a surfer’s paradise of a book with a razor-sharp menace just under the surface.“—Roz Nay, author of The Hunted

      “The Swell
      is like an unhinged adult surfer Lord Of The Flies, and it is thoroughly satisfying. Buckle in, let the paranoia overtake you, and ride it to its satisfying end!”—Darby Kane, author of Pretty Little Wife

      “A unique, addictive thriller set in the fascinating and often dangerous world of surfing…where a close-knit, thrill-seeking community will do anything to protect their own version of paradise…and where everyone has something to hide. The tension builds with the heat and the waves. I was totally swept away!”—Helen Cooper, author of The Downstairs Neighbor 

      ”Readers, get ready: The Swell is a pulse-pounding, treacherous adventure that will pull you in like a powerful undertow and not let go. With a lush, sun-soaked setting, a relentless plot, and jaw-dropping twists, you’ll race through the pages and into the nightmarish dark side of this beach paradise. An intense, visceral reading experience.“— Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of The Girls Are All So Nice Here

      “Reynolds has delivered yet another tense, twisty, addictive read. The vivid world and fascinating characters will stay with me for some time!”—Jo Spain, author of The Perfect Lie

      ”Allie Reynolds once again immerses us in a setting so powerful that we can hear the waves crashing into the bay as we follow a group of wayward surfers on their journeys to overcome fear while each hiding a dark secret. With bone-chilling dread and irresistible cliffhangers, The Swell showcases Reynolds’s immense talent at turning her own passion into a twisty, creepy suspense that will keep you glued to every seductive page.“ Samantha M. Bailey, author of Woman on the Edge and Watch Out for Her

      ”An absolute masterclass in tension; dripping from every page as the fear ramps and the questions as to what is really going on build. The setting and characters are magnificent.“—Sarah Bonner, author of Her Perfect Twin

      ”A wild ride, full of thrilling twists and unexpected turns, made more compelling by the book’s majestic and eerie setting. Reynolds’ intimate knowledge of the surfing world adds layers to a story that had me racing through the pages until the final, pulse-pounding conclusion.“—Danielle Girard, author of White Out

      ”Sun, sand, surf and suspense: The Swell is drenched in atmosphere, tension and intrigue.“—Emma Haughton, author of The Dark

      ”A tense and gripping thriller about friendship and obsession. Kept me guessing until the very end."—Jo Jakeman, author of What His Wife Knew
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    The Life She Had K.L. Armstrong Canada
    9780385697668 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:July 19, 2022
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.24 x 0.86 in | 0.7 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Doubleday Canada
    • Marketing Copy

      Instant National Bestseller

      A pulse-pounding new thriller from the bestselling author of Wherever She Goes and Every Step She Takes.

      If someone were threatening your home, how far would you go to protect it?

      A stranger is trespassing in Celeste Turner’s backyard, moving through the shadows around her shed. It could be a harmless backpacker seeking temporary refuge, but experience has taught Celeste to be extra wary. Not wishing to draw unwanted attention, she cannot turn to the police. Celeste is an outsider to this region of rural Florida, and all the locals see is a “city girl” who swooped in to secure her inheritance. But Celeste needs her new life to work, so she must confront her intruder.

      To her surprise, she finds out that her unwanted guest is a young backpacker named Daisy. She is polite and friendly, just taking advantage of some shelter as she makes her way through the area. Swiftly, they begin an unlikely and beneficial friendship—Celeste can’t help herself, and besides, Daisy will be moving on soon. Why not take advantage of the extra help?

      Both women have secrets they want to keep buried, and when a body is discovered near Celeste’s house, they must move quickly to prove their innocence and protect the lives they’ve built for themselves.

      Story Locale: Florida, US
      K.L. ARMSTRONG is the pseudonym of a popular author. She lives in Ontario.
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: US Plans:

        Pre-pub promotion on Goodreads

        Pre-pub promtion with NetGalley

        Advance mailing to trade publications including Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and Kirkus Reviews

        Target long lead outlets such as Oprah, People and Entertainment Weekly for review coverage for summer reads round ups 

        National review attention in outlets such as the New York Times, USA Today, Boston Globe

        Explore promotion with BookRiot 

    • Awards & Reviews


      “When two women who are pretending to be someone they’re not, and packing more than secrets and questionable intentions, are set on a twisted collision course in rural Florida, you know it’s going to be one hell of a ride. Not only does K. L. Armstrong immediately hook you with complex, multi-layered characters, snappy dialogue and a seriously creepy setting, but she deftly makes you switch your allegiances multiple times over before finally revealing the truth. A fast-paced, intriguing thriller, which I devoured in a matter of days, this suspenseful and atmospheric novel is an absolute must-read.” —Hannah Mary McKinnon, internationally bestselling author of You Will Remember Me

      “Two women with dark secrets, a steamy setting and an abundance of jaw-dropping twists make The Life She Had an absolute page-turner.” —Robyn Harding, bestselling author of The Perfect Family

      “Within those first few lines, the tension clamped down and did not let go. Propulsive and sinister, with twists that knocked me sideways. Meet your next binge read. Prepare for sweaty palms.” –Nicole Lundrigan, author of An Unthinkable Thing

      “K.L  Armstrong’s The Life She Had is an alluring, original suspense about the secrets we keep to protect ourselves. With wickedly clever twists, this relentlessly tense page-turner will spin your mind as you follow the haunting paths to the truth.” —Samantha M. Bailey, USA Today and #1 national bestselling author of Woman on the Edge and Watch Out for Her

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