by Elisabeth de Mariaffi
  • mystery-crime
  • thriller
  • upmarket
  • women-s

The closer she gets to the truth, the faster it slips away.

Heike Lerner’s life looks perfect from the outside: she’s settled into an easy routine of caring for her young son, Daniel, and spends her days wandering the woods near their summer house, while her nights are filled with clinking glasses and charming conversation. It all helps to keep her mind at ease — or at least that’s what her husband, Eric, tells her. But lately, Heike’s noticed there are some things out of place: a mysterious cabin set back in the trees and a strange little girl who surfaces alone at the pond one day, then disappears — while at home Eric is becoming increasingly more controlling. Something sinister that Heike cannot quite put her finger on is lingering just beneath the surface of this idyllic life. It’s possible Heike’s worries are all in her head, but when the unthinkable happens — Daniel vanishes while she and Eric are at a party one night — she can no longer deny that something is very wrong. Desperate to find her son, Heike will try anything, but Eric insists on a calm that feels so cold she wonders if she can trust him at all. Could Eric be involved in Daniel’s disappearance? Or has some darker thing taken him?

The closer Heike gets to the truth, the faster it slips away. But she will not rest until she finds her son.


Elisabeth de Mariaffi, author

Novelist and screenwriter, Elisabeth de Mariaffi is the critically acclaimed author of two previous books, the Giller-nominated short story collection How to Get Along with Women (Invisible Publishing, 2012) and a debut novel, the literary thriller The Devil You Know (Harper Collins Canada, Simon & Schuster U.S., Titan U.K., 2015). Both a Globe and Mail Best Book and lucky number 13 on the NP100, the year-end list at the National Post, The Devil You Know was optioned within months of publication and is currently in development for television with New Metric Media. It was also shortlisted for the prestigious Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and longlisted for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award. De Mariaffi’s original horror feature film Fly Girls is in development with Rupert Harvey of Triton.

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Transatlantic Agency

email: samantha@transatlanticagency.com

website: http://transatlanticagency.com

rights sold: Canada (HarperCollins Canada), UK (Titan Publishing Group)

rights available: World

Additional Information

number of pages: 432

publication date: 03/06/2018

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: complete manuscript