Hachette acquires local rights to debut thriller
Hachette Australia has acquired ANZ rights to Gold Coast-based author Allie Reynolds’ debut novel Shiver, in partnership with Headline UK.
Headline’s fiction publishing director Jennifer Doyle won a 10-way auction for UK and Commonwealth rights in a ‘substantial’ six-figure, two-book deal, via Kate Burke of Blake Friedmann.
Shiver is a ‘high-concept’, locked-room thriller set in the French Alps. It follows five friends who meet for a reunion years after taking part in a snowboarding competition and the disappearance of the enigmatic Saskia a decade earlier.
Hachette fiction publisher Alex Craig said Shiver is ‘compulsively readable’. ‘Allie has created a fast-paced, claustrophobic, fiendishly clever thriller, with a cast of captivating characters in life or death circumstances,’ said Craig. ‘It’s a masterful portrayal of rivalry between elite athletes and the fine line between competitiveness and acting on the killer instinct.’
Reynolds is a former freestyle snowboarder who moved to the Gold Coast in 2003.
Shiver was also pre-empted by Penguin Putnam in the US and by publishers in Germany, France, Italy and Poland. Hachette will publish Shiver in January 2021, simultaneously with Headline.