Embla Books, the digital-first imprint of Bonnier Books UK, has acquired a “heart-racing” thriller from debut author Dandy Smith. In her first deal for the imprint, Hannah Smith, Editorial Director, snapped up World English Language rights from Thérèse Coen at Hardman & Swainson.

How Far Will You Go, the first book under contract, is being described as a gripping page-turner, with shades of BA Paris and Erin Kelly’s He Said/ She Said. The debut explores the idea of how far you would go to fulfil your dream and live up to your perfect sister, and how well you know your best friend.

Smith said, “As I read through the manuscript, I found myself getting further and further lost within Elodie’s bad decision after bad decision. I felt my heart race faster and faster as she allows herself to be drawn into the ‘perfect crime’ to ensure she secures a book deal. A crime which consequently becomes far too real, far too quickly. From the moment I began Dandy’s book, I was mesmerised by the intricate story she’d woven, and found myself questioning my friendships for days. This is going to be a thriller, and an author, to watch.”

Dandy Smith said, “It’s an honour to be Hannah’s first author at Embla. With a treasure trove of energy, experience and enthusiasm, she is the perfect editor for my debut. As a devourer of true crime who’s always been surrounded by strong, remarkable women, I’m drawn to exploring the complexity of female relationships in dark and suspenseful settings. I’m so excited for Elodie and Ada to be released into the wild. Joining Embla feels like I’m standing on the precipice of something truly brilliant.”

How Far Will You Go will publish in November 2021.