Described as a 'topical paranoid thriller with strong female protagonists', Urbane Publications has signed In The Wake by debut novelist Helen Trevorrow
Independent publisher Urbane Publications has signed the rights to Faber Academy graduate Helen Trevorrow’s debut novel, In the Wake.
According to Urbane's acquisition statement, the Faber Academy graduate's novel is: 'a crime thriller set in contemporary London with dark "me too" themes and a distorted vision of good and bad.'
Publishing director Matthew Smith said: "I’m thrilled that we’re able to publish Helen’s compelling debut. While at heart an addictive and gripping page turner, this thriller also explores some very topical, contentious and vital themes that are particularly relevant in the current 'me too' climate."
According to Urbane: 'In In the Wake, Kay Christie, a successful career woman, navigates a professional catastrophe under the shadow of an old traumatic event that resurfaces violently and refuses to leave. When a body is found in the Royal Albert Dock, Kay is sent to quiet the media, but things get complicated when it emerges that she knew the victim.
'As she begins to spiral out of control, Kay unravels the core mystery and discovers that those close to her may be harbouring another secret – the story of a missing girl. Kay needs to discover the truth before her life is destroyed and she loses everything. It questions whether we can ever truly leave our pasts behind. And explores the lengths we go to in order to please the people that we love.'
Helen Trevorrow has worked in marketing and crisis communications for 20 years. In the Wake will be published in June 2018 in print and digital editions. Urbane has world rights, all languages.
Urbane now publishes 50 titles a year. It was founded in 2014 by Matthew Smith, who started as a Waterstones bookseller before editorial roles at Routledge and Hodder, and editorial director positions with Arcturus, Pearson and Kogan Page. The company now publishes over 100 authors and has had a number of successful titles, including Hugh Fraser’s Rina Walker thriller series, Laura Wake’s Polari long-listedA Monster by Violet, and the Spotlight Award-winning Tea & Chemo by Jackie Buxton.