No Exit Press has acquired a ‘compelling’ psychological thriller from Canadian author Laurie Petrou. Clare Quinlivan, Editorial and Rights Manager at No Exit Press, bought UK and Commonwealth excluding Canada rights to Sister of Mine and a second book by Petrou from Carolyn Buszynski at The Cooke Agency International, on behalf of Martha Webb at CookeMcDermid agency. Clare Quinlivan said, ‘We are absolutely delighted to be publishing Laurie’s debut novel in the UK. Sister of Mine is an utterly captivating thriller that has an effortless literary quality to it that makes it quite remarkable. It’s a story about the bond between two sisters and the extent to which you’d go to protect the ones you love. Everyone in our team raced through this book in just a few hours, it truly is a page turner. We believe Laurie is an immense talent and we’re excited to launch her profile in the UK’. Laurie Petrou said, ‘I can’t wait to share Sister of Mine, and my upcoming book, with UK readers. I’m so delighted to be part of the gang of fantastic No Exit authors’. Laurie Petrou is an associate professor at the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University in Toronto. Her first book, a collection of short stories titled Between, was a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book. As an unpublished novel, Sister of Mine was the inaugural winner of the Half the World Global Literati Award in 2016. Sister of Mine is published by Crooked Lane Books in the United States and by HarperCollins in Canada. No Exit Press will publish Sister of Mine in June 2019. For further information, please contact Katherine Sunderland on 01582 766348 or at
About Sister of Mine
When is a debt ever fully paid?
Penny and Hattie are sisters in a small town, bound tight to the point of knots. They share a secret they cannot escape, even while it pulls them apart.
One night, a match is lit, and Penny’s terrible husband is killed – a marriage going up in flames, and offering the potential of a new life. The sisters retreat into their family home – a house of secrets and memories – and try to live in the shadow of what they put in motion.
But Penny’s husband is not the only thing they are hiding, from the outside world and from each other. Under a cloud of long-held resentments, sibling rivalry, and debts unpaid, the bonds of sisterhood begin to crack. How long will Penny and Hattie demand the unthinkable of each other? How often will they say, “You owe me,” and when will it ever be enough?

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