We are too, too excited today to be getting out some news we’ve been keeping secret for a few days, and arelaura_lam delighted to welcome the awesome Laura Lam (@LR_Lam) to the Pan Macmillan family.  When the manuscript went round for her novel False Hearts, we went wild!  Here is just a selection of what our colleagues were saying about this very special book:

'would be a cracking film!' Lara Borlenghi, Finance

'such a page-turning read!' Bella Pagan, Editorial

'An exciting read’ Marta Dziurosz, Contracts

'It is brilliant' Sam Eades, Comms

'It grips you from the first page, is brilliantly imaginative, yet really accessible.' Louise Buckley, Editorial

And our favourite!

'I finished reading it on Saturday morning with a cry of “NOOOOOOOOO!” when my Kobo battery died about 20 pages from the end – I hastily plugged it in muttering about how books don’t do that and devoured the rest of the manuscript... I am happy to go on and on about how much I loved it until the cows come home’ Johanna Robertson, Contracts

Find out more about False Hearts below, and we can't wait for you to fall in love with it like we have!

Julie Crisp, at Tor UK has pre-empted World English Language rights for False Hearts and an untitled novel by Laura Lam from Juliet Mushens at The Agency Group in a six figure deal.

Julie Crisp, Editorial Director at Pan Macmillan said: ‘I was completely hooked from the first page by Laura’s writing. To me it was like reading Hunger Games meets Blade Runner meets The Shining Girls. Thrilling, addictive and completely page-turning. Laura’s an amazing storyteller and I’m thrilled to be working with her and Juliet on this exciting novel’

Raised in Mana’s Hearth, a retreat that’s closed off from the rest of society; denied access to technology or modern medicine, twin sisters Taema and Tila dream of a life beyond the walls of the compound. When their lives are threatened they finally manage escape to San Francisco and a life that’s beyond anything they could have imagined.

Ten years later, Tila returns to the twins’ home in the city, terrified and covered in blood, just before the Police arrive and arrest her for murder - the first homicide by a civilian in decades. Taema is given a proposition: go undercover as her sister and perhaps save her twin’s life. For the police believe that Tila was involved with the Ratel, a powerful crime syndicate. But during her investigation she discovers disturbing links between the twins’ past and their present. Once unable to keep anything from each other, the sisters now discover the true cost of secrets.

Juliet Mushens from The Agency Group said 'False Hearts is an adrenaline-fuelled thriller, packed full of twists and turns with a compelling heroine at its heart. Laura is very talented and I am thrilled that Pan Macmillan will be her publisher.'

Laura said ‘This year has been a roller coaster, and this is definitely one of the highest highs. I loved writing False Hearts so much and I think Macmillan will do such a wonderful job introducing the world to Taema and Tila. This is a dream come true.’

Laura Lam was raised near San Francisco, California, by two former Haight-Ashbury hippies. Both of them encouraged her to finger-paint to her heart’s desire, colour outside of the lines, and consider the library a second home. This led to an overabundance of daydreams.

She relocated to Scotland to be with her husband, whom she met on the internet when he insulted her taste in books. She almost blocked him but is glad she didn’t. At times she misses the sunshine.

 Macmillan will publish False Hearts in January 2016

 For further information please contact Sam Eades in the Macmillan Press Office on 020 7014 6182

or via email: [email protected]