UK BESTSELLER: Gillian McAllister has previously published two novels in the UK, Everything But the Truth and Anything You Do Say, both of which were Sunday Times bestsellers. The Good Sister, published as No Further Questions in the UK, is her US debut.
INTRODUCING AN EXCITING NEW VOICE IN DOMESTIC SUSPENSE: Though McAllister has been positioned as a legal thriller writer in the UK, The Good Sister marks a departure for the author, who we plan to grow into a domestic suspense author, a genre that will resonate more deeply with American readers.
MOTHERHOOD BOOKS SUCCESSFUL IN THIS FORMAT: We will publish The Good Sister as a trade paperback original, modeling off the success of The Perfect Nanny, which is a standout in this format and genre, netting 111,000 in paperback and 32,000 in ebook. Moreover, books in this subject—motherhood, women’s issues, etc.—work well in TPO and benefit from the immense popularity of “mother books” right now.
RELATABLE FEMALE CHARACTERS: Both Martha and Becky are multi-dimensional, intelligent, and relatable women who struggle to balance responsibility and relationships, career and motherhood, and the bonds of sisterhood. Women readers in particular will identify with and root for these complicated yet sympathetic characters.
GREAT FOR BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION: With the question of Becky’s innocence lasting right up until the very end, book clubs will have much to debate and question throughout the course of the novel. Each women’s role, and their unique way of being a wife, a mother, and a sister, will also provide excellent discussion material.
UNIQUE INSIDE LOOK AND BACKGROUND: As a lawyer herself, McAllister’s unique background allows her to capture the tension of the courtroom in a palpable, accessible way and the unique structure of the novel, featuring flashbacks and testimonies from witnesses throughout, pushes this beyond a standard courtroom narrative.
“Loved this gripping and thought-provoking read.”—B.A. Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors
“Such a perfect balance of courtroom drama and family drama, so smooth and assured, it just flowed, seamlessly. I loved every page, every character, every twist and turn.”—Lisa Jewell, author of Then She Was Gone
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