Bookouture re-sign contracts with thriller authors Dounaeva and North

Bookouture are excited to announce that new contracts have been signed with psychological thriller authors Lorna Dounaeva and Lauren North.

Lorna Dounaeva headshot

Lauren North headshot

We are excited to announce that Commissioning Editor Billi-Dee Jones has acquired World All Language, audiobook, film and TV rights to a new gripping psychological thriller from Lorna Dounaeva. Set against the atmospheric backdrop of the Orkney Islands, this twist-filled thriller will publish in 2025.

Billi says,

I’m delighted to be working with Lorna on another absolutely heart-pounding psychological thriller; I cannot wait for everyone to get their hands on this brilliant suspenseful book! Lorna’s a fantastic writer and her readers will feel like they’re experiencing every moment right alongside her excellent characters in this dark and twisty read!

Lorna says,

‘I’m so excited to be working on my third novel for Bookouture. I feel incredibly fortunate to have Billi-Dee as my editor, as her insight and guidance have been absolutely invaluable. I can’t wait to work with her again, and I hope readers will enjoy my next book: a dark, atmospheric thriller set in the beautiful Orkney Islands.’

We’re also thrilled to announce that Associate Publisher Lucy Frederick has acquired World All Languages rights in a deal for four new standalone psychological thrillers by Lauren North from Amanda Preston at LBA. The first jaw-dropping book in the contract – a gripping, twisty, heart-in-mouth thriller about a couple framed for murder just before their wedding day – will publish in May 2025.

Lucy says,

‘Working with Lauren on her incredible, whiplash-inducing thrillers is an absolute joy for all involved – she is the queen of clever red herrings and twists that make you question everything. Nobody gets into their characters’ heads quite like Lauren, and I am constantly in awe of how many brilliant ideas are ready to burst out of her brain at any moment. I know her readers will be blown away by what’s to come and I feel incredibly lucky to continue working with Lauren into 2025 and beyond!’

Lauren says,

I’m absolutely delighted to be writing four more high-stakes psychological thrillers for Bookouture. Working with Lucy and the entire team continues to be a dream come true, and I can’t wait to see my books in the hands of new and existing readers for many years to come.

Amanda says,

Both Laurie and Lucy are a joy to work with and I’m so excited about Bookouture’s plans for these brilliant new books.

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