We couldn’t be more excited to share the news that Rosemary Hennigan‘s obsessive, unsettling and utterly compulsive debut novel, The Truth Will Out has been pre-empted by Charlotte Mursell, editorial director at Orion Fiction in a two-book deal.

A ‘claustrophobic tale of obsession’, The Truth Will Out follows the fragile dynamic between a cast of characters who fall into the depths of jealousy and paranoia as they begin to rehearse an acclaimed play steeped in controversy. As the opening night draws closer, the cast find it harder and harder to separate themselves from their characters – with devastating consequences.

Hennigan deftly intersperses the intoxicating narrative of leading actress Dara Gaffney with the script of the play itself, making it impossible not to get swept up in the perilously blurred lines between fiction and reality. Orion Fiction will publish in hardback, eBook and audio in March 2022.

Mursell said: ‘Think Black Swan meets Sweet Sorrow, The Truth Will Out isn’t a book you simply read, you gulp it down feverishly whilst the characters creep under your skin in a wholly unsettling way. A dark, claustrophobic tale of obsession and of the desperate desire to be loved, Rosemary’s debut snatched me up in its clutches from the very first page. I’m so proud that we will be launching her career on the Orion Fiction list.’

Hennigan said: “It is an absolute dream to be publishing this book with Charlotte and the team at Orion Fiction. I feel so lucky to have such editorial talent behind me, as well as Charlotte’s passion and vision for the novel, which has blown me away. I am also deeply grateful for the unwavering support and keen eye of Hayley, who has been an amazing advocate. I can’t wait for readers to enter the world of Dara Gaffney and the rest of the cast, where the past comes creeping into the present, fact blurs into fiction, and the truth gets lost somewhere in between. I loved writing this book with all its sinister turns and I am so excited to see it out in the world!”

The novel is the perfect blend of intrinsic, captivating plotting and beautifully written prose, exploring the complexities of truth and memory alongside class and identity. Genius in its originality and delivery, with a powerful voice carrying it, we can’t wait for readers to devour it next year.