Nell is the perfect child; more beautiful and more likeable and more loveable than me. If my pretty little sister never came home again, I'd finally be free from the terrible secret we share...
Anna is a wonderful mother. She gave up a career she loved to stay home with her children and her kind, polite daughters, Nell and Ivy, are a credit to her. As is Bay, her stepdaughter, whom Anna adores as much as her own two girls. But everything changes the day Anna's middle daughter's beauty catches the eye of a stranger in a cafe...
Quiet, sensitive Nell doesn’t want to have her face on a billboard for all to see. But she knows her family desperately needs the money, and perhaps it would be nice to have her mother’s full attention for the first time since Bay arrived? Could this be the escape from her stepsister's twisted games Nell has been longing for?
But the moment Nell steps in front of a camera, the devastating secret she and Bay have been keeping breaks the surface – and the bonds of this close-knit family forever. But with both Nell and Bay insisting they’re innocent, can either girl really be trusted?
As Anna’s perfect blended family unravels around her, she is forced to pick a side. To save one daughter, Anna must betray another. Choosing the wrong girl will be more dangerous than anyone could ever have imagined...
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We are delighted to welcome three new signings to the DHH agency this week:
Kishan Devani BEM joins David Headley's list. Kishan is a public figure, engaged in many diverse segments of society, from Politics, Education to the Charitable Sector. He is a role model to thousands of young British Asians and BAME Communities today, due to this continuous efforts of promoting community cohesion and diversity in public life within the British Asian community. Kishan is currently working on his memoir. As the son of Ugandan Asian refugees, his memoir will speak of the trials, tribulations, successes, and failures of life and how grit, determination, dedication, passion and faith brought him through.
To read more about Kishan, click here.
Stephen is an award-winning BBC correspondent and author based in Belfast with a track record of writing critically-acclaimed books, including Forgotten Soldiers: The Irishmen Shot At Dawn (2007, Gill and Macmillan); Hide and Seek (2011, HarperCollins) which was an Irish Times bestseller and Daily Mail Book of the Week; and Ireland's Call (2015, Merrion Press).
Stephen has worked for the BBC for over 30 years and his journalism has been honoured by the Royal Television Society and the Association of European Journalists. He was Northern Ireland Journalist of the Year in 2005.
To read more about Stephen, click here.
Finally, we are welcoming Frances White to Harry Illingworth's list.
Frances is a fantasy writer originally from Leicester, now living in Nottingham. She attended Royal Holloway University of London, graduating with a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing and has worked as a writer for various history publications. Her fantasy skews on the dark side, but always with a beating emotional core. She is an advocate for fat positivity and queer representation in fiction.
You can read more about Frances here.
Marc Portman is no stranger to last-minute assignments and this one ought to be no different: a quick and straightforward collect-and-go-job - at least, that's what it should have been.
Ambushed by a surprise attack, it's clear that someone must have had advance warning of Portman's arrival. But who is his unseen enemy - clearly one with considerable resources - and why do they want him dead? More importantly, how could his attacker have known of his movements with less than 24 hours' notice?
Could Portman be facing his toughest challenge yet?
This weekend's Irish Independent published a fantastic review of David Fennell's The Art of Death:
"Early one morning a lorry rolls into Trafalgar Square in central London and unloads three large glass cabinets. It is a gruesome art installation, shocking because floating in the liquid inside each cabinet is the naked body of a homeless man posed as if begging ... This is Belfast-born Fennell's first thriller, and you couldn't ask for a more assured if startlingly graphic and gory debut."
They will discuss their shared passion for the natural world and how the past year has encouraged people to connect with the landscapes and wildlife around us in new ways.
Signed copies of Skylarks with Rosie: A Somerset Spring will be available to buy from Mr B’s Emporium.
To book your ticket and preorder your copy of the book, click here.
S. V. Leonard's The Islanders has picked up a brilliant quote from fellow psychological suspense author Lisa Hall:
"Sinister and twisty, The Islanders shows the terrifying darker side of reality TV … An utterly compelling read."
The book will be published on 11th March by Canelo Crime. Pre-order your copy here.
Vikki Moynes acquired World Rights in a six-figure deal from Emily Glenister, with the intention to publish in January 2023.
The novel is “an intoxicating upmarket psychological thriller with shades of The Secret History for the Me Too era". A girl hiding from her past turns up at Edinburgh University, where she is lured in by a mysterious foursome who are far from your typical students.
Heather took part in our December #PitchDHH event, and went on to sign with Emily in January this year.
To read more about the acquisition, click here.