—KIRKUS Review of HUNTING ANNABELLE
“Dynamic, compelling, and totally twisted, Hunting Annabelle blew me away. I’m still reeling. What a mind Wendy Heard has. What a debut!” –New York Times Bestselling Author J.T. Ellison
“Wendy Heard’s Hunting Annabelle is the best kind of psychological thriller—dark and twisted with a generous side of creepy. I had no idea where this story was going, only that I was rooting for Sean, the tortured hero whose search for Annabelle means releasing his own inner demons. Gritty, intense, and 100% surprising, Hunting Annabelle is one hell of a wild ride.” —Kimberley Belle, bestselling author of Three Days Missing and The Marriage Lie
“Wendy Heard’s Hunting Annabelle is a twisted roller coaster of a ride with an utterly unique, fascinating narrator. You won’t want to miss this genre-bending thriller.” –Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Not a Sound
“With a protagonist you’ll almost hate to love, and more twists than a foot-long corkscrew, Hunting Annabelle is a compulsive, deliciously addictive psychological thriller that pulls you in from the first page, and doesn’t let go until you’ve reached the shocking end. A must read!” – Hannah Mary McKinnon, author of The Neighbors
“Is Hunting Annabelle an unconventional romance, a creepy psychodrama, or a detective story about a good kid stuck in a bad situation? I devoured this thrilling debut in one sitting to find out, and it took me on a wild, twisty ride until the very last page.” –Amy Gentry, author of Good as Gone
“Gritty, intense, and full of multi-dimensional characters that will keep you guessing until the end, Hunting Annabelle is a must-read psychological thriller. Readers of Gillian Flynn and Caroline Kepnes will adore Wendy Heard!” –Meghan O’Flynn, author of the Ash Park series
“Hunting Annabelle delivers the goods! This dark thriller takes you inside the tortured mind of a young man who has killed before - and fears he will kill again. When a woman crosses his path and then goes missing, anything seems possible. But what really happened to Annabelle? Pages fly right up to a final, heart-stopping turn. Wendy Heard proves herself a writer to watch!” –Wendy Walker, bestselling author of All is Not Forgotten and Emma in the Night
Jazz can't let her younger brother die.
Their foster mother Carol has always been fanatical, but with Jazz grown up and out of the house, Carol takes a dangerous turn that threatens thirteen-year-old Joaquin's life. Over and over, child services fails to intervene, and Joaquin is running out of time.
Then Jazz gets a blocked call from someone offering a solution. There are others like her, people the law has failed. They've formed an underground network of "helpers," each agreeing to murder the abuser of another. They're taking back their power and leaving a trail of bodies throughout Los Angeles—dubbed the Blackbird Killings. If Jazz joins them, they'll take care of Carol for good.
All she has to do is kill a stranger.
Jazz soon learns there's more to fear than getting caught carrying out her assignment. The leader of the club has a zero-tolerance policy for mistakes.
And the punishment for disobeying orders is death.
Jessica Anderson at Macmillan/Ottaviano has bought Hunting Annabelle author Wendy Heard's debut YA thriller, She's Too Pretty to Burn. In this gender-swapped Dorian Gray reimagining, a teen photographer's picture of her introverted girlfriend goes viral, sending them into a spiral of fame and danger as they navigate the waters of an underground San Diego art scene. Publication is scheduled for winter 2021; Lauren Spieller at TriadaUS Literary Agency handled the deal for world rights.