Dawn Barker

Canelo sign two key titles for 2017 release

Louise Cullen, Editorial Director at Canelo, has signed two major novels to add to the publisher’s 2017 list. Cullen acquired UK & Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) to debut thriller I Know Where She Is by S. B. Caves from Tom Witcomb at Blake Friedmann. The novel will be published in late summer 2017 and is reflective of Canelo’s expanding the crime and thriller list.

I Know Where She Is features a mother, Francine, whose child was abducted ten years earlier, and seems unlikely to ever be found until a mysterious young woman appears claiming that Francine’s daughter is being held captive. The chain of events that follows sees Francine face her worst nightmares and do things she never thought herself capable of in a quest to find her child.

Cullen said: ‘S. B. Caves’ novel grabbed me from the first page and did not let go. I read much of it on the edge of my seat and raced through to the breathless finale. This novel has pace, tension, action aplenty and is an unsettling exploration of a dark side of human nature. Most of all, it is about a mother who will do whatever it takes to save her child.’

S. B. Caves said: ‘I'm delighted that Canelo have faith in my writing and I'm really looking forward to working with them.’

In a separate deal, Canelo will also publish Let Her Go by Dawn Barker, in May 2017, after acquiring World English Language rights (excluding ANZ) from Sharon Galant at Zeitgeist Media Group Agency. It tells the story of a woman whose inability to have children causes her to accept an unconventional offer, and follows the unintended consequences of this decision. Canelo will publish a second novel by Barker in 2018 that will be a key title for their Spring schedule.

Cullen said of Barker: ‘Dawn has a wonderful ability to evoke sympathy for her characters. Let Her Go is a book that stays with you long after reading as you reflect on what you may do in a similar situation to that described in the novel. Dawn will be a key author for Canelo in future and we’re looking forward to introducing readers to this exciting new voice in women’s fiction.’

Dawn Barker said: ‘I'm looking forward to working with the fantastic team at Canelo, which is such an exciting publisher. I’m thrilled that my books now have a home with them in the UK.’