ACQUIRED IN INTENSE AUCTION: Pam Dorman acquired Seven Lies (and another untitled novel) in a huge, multi-day auction and it went on to sell in more than twenty-five territories in just two months, with Sphere at Little Brown publishing in the UK.
MAJOR TV DEAL: TV rights have already sold in a five-way auction to Drama Republic (producers of The Honorable Woman and Wanderlust).
FITS RIGHT IN WITH BESTSELLING DOMESTIC SUSPENSE TITLES: If you gasped at The Woman in the Window, if you spent time getting to know Nine Perfect Strangers and The Girl Before, if you were mesmerised by The Silent Patient, you will adore Seven Lies. It has the perfect balance of upmarket, modern writing combined with a killer commercial hook around the structure of the seven lies told by Jane as her story unfolds.
INCREDIBLY STRONG, CONFESSIONAL VOICE: This is not just another domestic suspense novel. This is compulsively readable, told in an assured, seductive first-person voice.
VERY SUCCESSFUL NICHE FOR IMPRINT: In the wake of Fiona Barton’s success, we have been looking for someone new who can write a stand-above-the-pack thriller on a steady basis. Lizzy is so smart, so savvy, so talented—she is a star in the making.
AUTHOR IN THE INDUSTRY: The author is an editor herself at Transworld in the UK, so she knows the ins and outs of publishing, and will be keen to do anything needed to make this book a bestselling success.
PUBLICITY OPPORTUNITY: Lizzy’s father-in-law lives near Calgary (and while she isn’t Canadian, she has visited recently).
OTPB: We’re publishing in original trade.
A LOAN STAR’S PICK
Elle Canada’s “15 Buzzy New Books to Read This Summer”
BBC’s “Books of 2020: What you could be reading”
Her’s “30 debut novels to keep an eye out for in 2020”
Winnipeg Free Press’s “In with the new: First half of 2020 sure to satisfy most literary tastes”
The Globe and Mail’s “Six thrillers to entertain you through the dog days of August”
Praise for Seven Lies:
“A dark, gripping story with one of the most interesting and compelling narrators I’ve ever encountered. Highly recommended!” —Shari Lapena, the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door
“Scalpel-sharp writing and a killer concept—dark, clever, compelling and utterly assured.”
—Lucy Foley, author of The Guest List, a Hello Sunshine x Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
“Every once in a while, you read a book and just know that you’ll read whatever else they write. If you’re a fan of thrillers, Elizabeth Kay is one of those writers.”
“Shockingly intimate and scarily insidious. Seven Lies explores the explosive truths behind obsession, love, and a seemingly perfect friendship.”
—Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Never Tell
“Seven Lies is a relentless, chilling story of what happens when friendship becomes obsession. Keep the lights on—you’ll be turning pages deep into the night with this one.”
—Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Run Away
“I loved it from the first page: spellbinding, urgent, creepy, and impossible to put down. Seven Lies is a hugely satisfying novel of deeply disturbed psychological suspense.”
—Chris Pavone, the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Diversion
“Seven Lies is brilliant.”
—Clare Mackintosh, New York Times bestselling author of Let Me Lie
“Dark, vivid, and engrossing. You won’t want to put this one down!”
—Cara Hunter, bestselling author of Close to Home
“Seven Lies is a good old psychological thriller of the Patricia Highsmith school. It’s so solid that it’s hard to believe that it’s a debut…”
—The Globe and Mail
“This is the smartest thriller we’ve read in a while. Which is to say it messed with our minds…. It’s twisted and thrilling, and you will zip through it.”
“An electrifying psychological thriller…Even readers who suspect where the story is heading should brace themselves for a wild and surprising ride. Kay…is off to an impressive start.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[F]ascinating, and wicked entertainment.”
“[Seven Lies is] a fresh take on ’best friend noir’…”
—The Standard (UK)
“This compelling and unsettling thriller will have you totally gripped!”
—The Sun (UK)
“[C]ompelling…. Seven Lies is a fascinating psychological thriller…”
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