Century has pre-empted a psychological thriller that explores what happens when you are responsible for your closest friend’s worst nightmare, by losing her four-year-old child on your watch.
In her first acquisition since joining the company, Arrow deputy publisher Emily Griffin acquired UK and British Commonwealth rights excluding Canada to Trust In Me by Heidi Perks, plus one further thriller, from Nelle Andrew at PFD.
North American rights were also pre-empted by Marla Daniels at Simon & Schuster, Spanish rights have sold on a pre-empt to Ediciones Lince – an imprint from Malpaso – and there are currently auctions in Germany, Italy and Hungary.
The book is said to “shine a unique light on female friendship”, centring on the relationship between Harriet and Charlotte, two women brought together by their young families who have supported each other through thick and thin. However, all that changes when Harriet’s only child, four-year-old Alice, goes missing while Charlotte is responsible for her.
Perks worked as a marketing director for a financial company before leaving to become a full-time mother and writer. She is also an alumna of the Curtis Brown Novel Writing course.