By Anne Perry
Posted on May 22, 2014 in News with tags Sarah Lotz
Sarah Lotz’s brilliant THE THREE publishes in hardback today – here to talk about the acquisition and editorial process is Anne Perry, who learned and grew and was scared witless by it.
We’re publishing an incredible book today – The Three, by Sarah Lotz. It’s a story about four tragedies – four planes that crash at separate points around the globe at almost exactly the same time. But there are survivors. Three children, who emerge from the wreckage almost unscratched. And a fourth, a woman named Pamela Donald, who lives just long enough to leave a message on her phone. It’s a rambling message, asking her closest friend to look after her pet dog, thanking her daughter for a gift… and telling her pastor to watch out for the dead people.
As a wise man once said…
I received The Three as a 33-page partial – a single chapter, in which Pamela’s flight crashes, and which ends with her leaving that message. The synopsis for the rest of the book promised a story about the sprawling global disaster precipitated by those tragedies. And it wasn’t lacking in ambition; in her synopsis, Sarah outlined plans to write a book within a book about those three kids and the cult that grows up around them. Are they three of the four horsemen of the apocalypse? Is there a fourth survivor out there somewhere? And how exactly have the tragedies they experienced altered them?
Because they are different.
The premise of the novel – and the strength of Sarah’s writing – was too tempting to pass by.
We bought the book – and its sequel – less than a day after we received that 33-page partial manuscript. And, following twenty months of revisions and text designs and cover designs and edits and copyedits and proofreads and proof-mailings and early reviews and building an entire website around the URLs littered throughout the novel (every single one is live, by the way), it’s finally here.
Working with Sarah on The Three has been an extraordinary experience, and I couldn’t be prouder to see it out on bookshelves today
‘The Three is really wonderful, a mix of Michael Crichton and Shirley Jackson. Hard to put down and vastly entertaining.’
Stephen King said that. And the man knows his way around a good creepy thriller.