This time last year, this fabulous novel was the focus of a frenzy among international publishers. Within a month, it had sold into a record-breaking 18 territories (as reported by The Bookseller) , and is now in 29. It is being published in the US this summer by Pamela Dorman Books / Penguin Random House.
Since then, the novel has gone from strength to strength, kicking off with the news that Seven Lies was optioned for screen by Drama Republic, the dynamic team behind the smash-hit series, Doctor Foster.
This twisty novel about toxic female friendship has since been included in an impressive selection of roundups – Her Magazine’s “40 Books We Can’t Wait to Curl Up With in 2020“, Cosmopolitan‘s “13 of the Best New Good Books to Read“, Red Magazine’s “Books to Read in 2020“, Marie Claire’s “Best Fiction Books 2020“. It was also featured in Stylist‘s “Best Books of April“, and chosen as Kobo‘s “Crime and Thriller Book of the Month for April“. Seven Lies was #5 on the Apple charts and featured as one of their “best books of the month“. , BBC “
And that’s not to mention the incredible write-ups this novel has received from critically acclaimed authors:
“Seven Lies is a relentless, chilling story of what happens when friendship becomes obsession. Keep the lights on — you’ll be turning pages deep into the night with this one.” Harlan Coben
“A dark, gripping story with one of the most interesting and compelling narrators I’ve ever encountered. Highly recommended!” Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door
“A chilling and original voice. It’s gripping, fresh and unsettling – all the ingredients I love” Clare Mackintosh, Sunday Times bestselling author of Let Me Lie
“It’s going to be the next massive thriller.” Pandora Sykes, co-host of The High Low Podcast
“Dark, vivid, and engrossing. You won’t want to put this one down!” Cara Hunter, Sunday Times bestselling author of Close to Home
“With scalpel sharp writing and a killer concept, Seven Lies is dark, clever, compelling and utterly assured. It heralds the arrival of a hugely exciting new voice in crime fiction” Lucy Foley, bestselling author of The Hunting Party
It all started with one little lie…
Jane and Marnie have been inseparable since they were eleven years old. They have a lot in common. In their early twenties they both fell in love and married handsome young men.
But Jane never liked Marnie’s husband. He was always so loud and obnoxious, so much larger than life. Which is rather ironic now, of course.
Because if Jane had been honest – if she hadn’t lied – then perhaps her best friend’s husband might still be alive . . .
This is Jane’s opportunity to tell the truth, the question is:
Do you believe her?
Elizabeth Kay started her career as an assistant at Penguin Random House. She is now a commissioning editor and is simultaneously pursuing her passion for writing. She lives in London with her family.
Huge congratulations, Elizabeth – we are so excited to see this wonderful novel out in the world.