Louise Cullen, Publishing Director, has acquired World English language rights to a new novel by Jenny Blackhurst from Laetitia Rutherford at Watson Little in a two-book deal.
The Girl Who Left is a psychological thriller set on Anglesey, and sees main character Kathryn return to the place she and her family fled after her father was convicted of the murder of a young child. Kathryn’s father never revealed why he committed such a horrendous crime, and when another little girl is taken from the exact same spot as Kathryn’s childhood friend, twenty-five years to the day, it compels Kathryn to return. This time, she might be able to help, and perhaps finally get the answers she desperately needs. But the island doesn’t forget, and not everyone is pleased to see the return of a member of its most notorious family. Someone wants Kathryn gone, and will do anything to ensure she leaves the past well alone.
Jenny Blackhurst is the author of five previous novels, all published in the UK by Headline. Her novels have been translated into seven languages and she is one of the leading British crime authors in Germany and in Poland. Jenny grew up in Shropshire thinking that authors were rock stars and that she needed to get a real job. After being made redundant she decided to write a book, then another, then another and at some point writing became her real job. She is an avid reader and can mostly be found with her head in a book or hunting Pokemon with her son, otherwise you can get her on Twitter @JennyBlackhurst or Facebook. Her favourite film is Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, but if her children ask it’s definitely Moana.
Louise Cullen says: ‘Jenny’s work was known to me long before I read her new novel. I was already a huge fan of her ability to place relationships under intense pressure and squeeze every drop of tension from those situations. With The Girl Who Left, Jenny casts her net wider and creates a delicious backdrop of small town secrets that no one local wants to see the light of day. Kathryn’s character pulls the story along as both victim and heroine, and I raced to the end desperate to know if the missing child would be found and if the truth about Kathryn’s dad would finally be revealed. I could not be more excited to bring such a talent to the Canelo list!’
Jenny Blackhurst says: ‘I have been watching Canelo’s rise in the publishing industry with interest and I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining such a fresh, exciting team with The Girl Who Left. I know that Kathryn and her story are in great hands.’
Laetitia Rutherford says: ‘Ever since I read the opening pages of her smash hit How I Lost You, Jenny has continued to thrill, impress and entertain me and many fans. We’re so excited for this new phase with Canelo.’
The Girl Who Left will be published on the Canelo list in June 2022, in ebook and mass market paperback, with Jenny Blackhurst’s subsequent standalone novel to follow later the same year. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org