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Mariner Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has announced that they will be publishing a new thriller from bestselling author Paula Hawkins this fall. Titled The Blue Hour, the novel is set on a remote Scottish Island and follows the story of a famous artist whose husband disappeared twenty years ago. The Blue Hour is described as recalling the best works of Shirley Jackson and Patricia Highsmith, with a present-day discovery connecting three people and revealing a web of secrets and lies. The deal was handled by Simon Lipskar at Writers House, on behalf of Lizzy Kremer at David Higham Associates.
Mariner Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, will publish a new thriller from Paula Hawkins this fall. The Blue Hour is slated for October 8.
Hawkins, known for her hit novels The Girl on the Train and Into the Water, expressed her excitement to be publishing with the Mariner team. She described The Blue Hour as a novel she loved writing, exploring the tension between the need to belong and the desire to be free from the expectations of others. The book is expected to deliver the suspense and psychological depth that readers have come to expect from Hawkins' work. The Blue Hour marks a shift for Hawkins, as her previous books were published by Riverhead.
According to Mariner, The Blue Hour takes place on a remote Scottish Island which is home to 'a famous (some might say infamous) artist whose notoriously unfaithful husband disappeared after visiting her twenty years ago.' Propelling the novel, which the publisher says 'recalls the very best of Shirley Jackson and Patricia Highsmith' is 'a present-day discovery that intimately connects three people and unveils a web of secrets and lies.'
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