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Avon signs Observer’s hot pick for 2019

Avon Books have signed the debut psychological thriller from Nicola Rayner. Rachel Faulkner-Willcocks acquired World English Language rights from Danielle Zigner and Louise Lamont at LBA Literary Agency.

The Girl Before You follows the story of Alice Bell, who becomes obsessed with her husband’s exes, after she believes she sees one on the train – despite the girl going missing in their final year of university.

The book, which is slated for release in ebook in May, followed by paperback in August, has already been flagged by the Observer as one of their hot picks of 2019, with Alex Preston calling it ‘the new Girl on the Train’.

Rachel Faulkner-Willcocks, Senior Commissioning Editor at Avon said: ‘In this sharp and unwavering exploration of female obsession, friendship, and male privilege, Nicola proves she’s an author to watch in the psychological thriller market. Resonating with the Me Too movement, The Girl Before You is a gripping narrative that is as addictive as it is timely.’

Nicola Rayner said: ‘I’m really happy and excited about the publication of The Girl Before You this summer – and incredibly grateful to the brilliant teams at Avon and LBA Books for this opportunity. I’ve lived with this story for a long time and I can’t wait to share it.’

Danielle Zigner said: ‘Gripping, poignant and devastating, The Girl Before You had me entranced from the very first page. This is a beautifully written novel, which every woman I know will be able to relate to. I’m so excited for readers to share in Alice’s story.’