Hodder snaps up debut by CBC graduate Louise McCreesh

Claire Coughlan
Rights - Fiction Tuesday, 05 February 2019

Cracked is a 'tautly plotted whydunnit... with a dark crime at its heart'

Eve Hall, commissioning editor at Hodder, has bought Cracked, a debut novel by Curtis Brown Creative alumna Louise McCreesh. Hodder has world rights from Rebecca Ritchie at AM Heath, and plans to publish in February 2020.

McCreesh is a freelance journalist who was offered a scholarship on a Curtis Brown Creative course to continue work on this novel, described as "a tautly plotted, whydunnit debut with a dark crime at its heart". It is about a woman whose former psychiatrist is murdered - a crime in which she is implicated.

Hall said: "Cracked completely got under my skin. Louise's writing is so polished and sensitive, you are pulled along from the first page into a dark, disturbing world of secrets, twisted friendship and murder. In an increasingly crowded market Cracked moves the genre on to a new place and is a book you won't forget."

McCreesh said: "I am so thrilled to be published by Hodder & Stoughton and to be working with Eve, who is amazing. I really can't think of a better home for Cracked and am very grateful to the Hodder team for getting behind it."

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