We are incredibly excited for Elizabeth Kay, whose brilliant debut novel Seven Lies is published in the US and Canada today (Penguin Random House / Pamela Dorman Books).

First published in the UK by Little, Brown / Sphere, this hypnotic novel made a splash from the very start, selling into a record-breaking 29 territories. Seven Lies was later optioned for screen by Drama Republic, the dynamic team behind the smash-hit series Doctor Foster. Elinor Cook, who writes for hit TV series Killing Eve, is attached to write the TV adaptation.

Branded as “the most explosive debut thriller of the year”, this twisty psychological story about toxic female friendship has been featured in a series of press roundups, including Elle’s 15 Buzzy New Books to Read This Summer‘, Marie Claire’s Best Fiction Books 2020‘, the BBC’sBooks 2020: What you could be reading‘, the Woman’s Weekly list of top lockdown reads, and Cosmopolitan’s 13 of the Best New Good Books to Read‘. Seven Lies was also included in CrimeReads’Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020: Summer Reading Edition‘, and Publishers Weekly said that readers of this gripping tale were in for “a wild and surprising ride“.  To promote the US launch of Seven Lies, Elizabeth will be doing a US radio satellite tour starting on publication day.

Since publishing in the UK, Seven Lies has hit No. 5 on the Top Ten Crime and Thriller Chart on Apple, and was picked for Apple Books’ ‘Best Books of June‘. In June 2020, Seven Lies also shot to No. 4 on Poland’s bestseller charts.

In addition, Seven Lies has received some incredible endorsements from critically acclaimed authors and publications:

“Seven Lies is a relentless, chilling story of what happens when friendship becomes obsession. Keep the lights on – you’ll be turning pages deep into the night with this one.”
Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Run Away 


An electrifying psychological thriller
Publishers Weekly (starred review) 


Wicked entertainment.
Kirkus Reviews 


A dark, gripping story with one of the most interesting and compelling narrators I’ve ever encountered. Highly recommended!
Shari Lapena, the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door 


“Seven Lies is brilliant.
Clare Mackintosh, New York Times bestselling author of Let Me Lie 


Scalpel-sharp writing and a killer concept – dark, clever, compelling and utterly assured.
Lucy Foley, author of The Hunting Party 


We couldn’t be more thrilled to introduce you to Seven Lies: 


It all started with just one little lie. But we all know that it never ends there. Because, of course, one lie leads to another… 

Growing up, Jane and Marnie shared everything. They knew the other’s deepest secrets. They wouldn’t have had it any other way. But when Marnie falls in love, things begin to change. 

Because Jane has a secret: she loathes Marnie’s wealthy, priggish husband. So when Marnie asks if she likes him, Jane tells her first lie. After all, even best friends keep some things to themselves. If she had been honest, then perhaps her best friend’s husband might still be alive today… 

For, of course, it’s not the last lie. In fact, it’s only the beginning… 

Seven Lies is Jane’s confession of the truth – her truth. Compelling, sophisticated, chilling, it’s a seductive, hypnotic page turner about the tangled, toxic friendships between women, the dark underbelly of obsession and what we stand to lose in the name of love.


Elizabeth Kay started her career as an assistant at Penguin Random House. She is now a commissioning editor and is simultaneously pursuing her passion for writing. She lives in London with her family.


A huge congratulations to Elizabeth on this very special day.