Warner Bros. Options Annie Ward’s Debut Novel ‘Beautiful Bad’

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Who doesn’t love knowing that there is another thing to be added to the to be read list? I mean my bookshelf doesn’t, but hey – it doesn’t get a say.

I know that when a book is optioned prior to it’s release, I know that it’s something that I need to look into. The rights to Annie Ward’s debut thriller, Beautiful Bad, have been picked up by Warner Bros. pictures.




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“From the very first pages of Beautiful Bad, I was completely hooked. I found the lives of its wonderful, surprising characters and the global and intriguing landscape they inhabit absolutely riveting. On the one hand, the novel carries the suspense of a truly unpredictable psychological thriller— it kept me guessing to the very end. Alongside that intrigue, however, is also a poignant and heartbreaking love story between the closest of friends,” said producer, Sue Kroll. “It’s a superb and gripping novel, and I’m thrilled to work with Annie and Warner Bros. to bring it to life on screen.”

The book was sold in a seven way auction with Quercus (UK) and Park Row Books (US) getting the rights. It doesn’t publish in the United States until 2019.

What is it about? Beautiful Bad is “a thrilling romance and destructive friendship between Maddie, Ian and Jo from The Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and ultimately to an ordinary family home in Kansas. Maddie and Ian’s seemingly perfect life starts to unravel when their estranged friend Jo returns, and Ian begins to show signs of PTSD. The tension between the group grows fraught and the situation intensifies, culminating in a desperate crime. At its core, this shockingnovel tells the devastating story of three friends face to face with manipulation, turmoil and tragedy, unable to outrun their tangled and tumultuous past.”

Does Beautiful Bad sound like a book that you’d be interested in?







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