CLOSE TO ME, the debut novel by Amanda Reynolds, has been acquired by Headline's new imprint Wildfire. Kate Stephenson acquired World English Language rights to this gripping debut in a pre-emptive offer to Sarah Williams at Sophie Hicks Agency.
The novel opens with protagonist Jo Harding falling down the stairs in her home. When she wakes up in hospital, she has no memory of the night she fell – if she fell – and no memory of the events of the previous year. All she knows is that she barely recognises herself, her husband is not telling her the truth, and her family is on the brink of collapse.
Stephenson said ‘Sarah sent this to me on my first day at Headline, and I devoured it in one sitting. I was utterly compelled by Jo’s story. Her partial amnesia works brilliantly both in making her an unreliable narrator, but also in making her incredibly vulnerable. The idea that other people – even strangers – know more about you than you know yourself is disconcerting to say the least. That they might then exploit your weakness by manipulating and controlling the information is spine-tinglingly chilling. CLOSE TO ME is a compulsively page-turning read, and Amanda is a shining new talent.’
CLOSE TO ME will be the first fiction title released by Wildfire and will be published in April 2017.