Accent Press’ Rebecca Lloyd, who acquired the book from Hannah Sheppard at the DHH Literary Agency, said: “Natalie Flynn’s debut novel tackles the devastating emotional fall-out from knife crime on a group of young people, and one teenage boy in particular.
“The Accent YA editor squad – a group of keen young readers who check out advance material – were clamouring to read more, drawn in to this difficult subject by the absolute authenticity of the writing and the compelling narrator’s voice. We are hugely excited to have Natalie as part of our new YA list.”
The book is about a young man called Adam, who starts seeing a therapist when he struggles to cope with the death of his best friend Jake. As he starts writing about the weeks leading to Jake’s murder in a notebook, the truth about who was responsible is revealed.
Publication is planned for May 2016.