Bell Lomax Moreton agent, Jo Bell, has sold World English Language rights for two standalone Irish thrillers by the talented Siobhan MacDonald to Publishing Director, Krystyna Green, at Constable.
The first, a novel of dark psychological suspense, centres around heart surgeon Luke Forde and how over the course of a weekend his life spirals into chaos. It begins with the word Guilty painted on his boathouse, followed by a chilling notice in the local newspaper announcing a death. When this is followed by the delivery of a small, coffin-shaped package with a decapitated, bloody effigy, Luke is terrified. Someone knows his secret. And now, someone is out to get him.
A note from Siobhan:
I’m delighted to work with Krystyna at Constable, the home of many respected and award-winning writers. I look forward to continuing the journey to publication with her guidance,” Limerick- based author Siobhan MacDonald added, while her agent Jo Bell says: ‘We are thrilled to be working with Krystyna and with Constable Siobhan’s cracking thrillers have found the perfect home.
A note from Krystyna Green, Publishing Director at Constable:
I had come across Siobhan and her writing a few years ago but at the time circumstances meant I couldn’t acquire her there and then, and I am just so pleased that five years on, she is writing even better powerful, page turning novels of psychological suspense set in the Irish countryside – and I’m now in a position to be able to commission them. I am very excited by Guilty as this is one of the few typescripts I’ve read which has at its heart a man in peril, and a man hiding a dark secret. It’s a terrific twist on a familiar theme. And with book two Siobhan had me with the title alone.
Constable will be publishing Guilty in C format in June 2020, with the mass market paperback coming in May 2021. The Bride Collector will be published in June 2021.