Maddalena Cavaciuti

Maddalena joined David Higham Associates in November 2017. She assists Lizzy Kremer and Anthony Goff and is also building her own list of commercial fiction writers.

Maddalena is looking for commercial and book-club fiction across all genres, including tightly-plotted crime and thrillers, police procedurals, psychological suspense, women’s fiction, love stories and high-concept/speculative fiction.

Thrillers she has enjoyed recently include The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse, The Couple at No.9 by Claire Douglas and Insomnia by Sarah Pinborough. She is looking for anything which has an original, compelling hook and a dark, unsettling edge. In particular, she is interested in the mechanics of a good murder plot, and would love to find a novel with shades of Dial M for Murder such as The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino, or a book which interrogates these mechanics in a creative and clever way, as Alex Pavesi does with Eight Detectives. Original takes on locked-room mysteries are also always welcome!

In women’s fiction Maddalena is drawn to emotional hooks and smart, distinctive voices. More than anything, she loves a good pitch; a story which can hook a reader with one sentence and send their mind racing – think Beth O’Leary or Rosie Walsh. She would love to find a sweeping love story with a twist (be that a twist of magic or a twist in the plot – or both, like Rebecca Serle’s In Five Years) and is keen to work on more books about families, whether that be the explosive consequence of a family secret or more poignant tales of homesickness or homecoming. She enjoys books which examine the dynamics between, and expectations put upon, women; be this in a playful and funny way (like Lauren Ho’s The Last Tang Standing) or something darker and full of shrewd observations and commentary, like The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris or The Push by Ashley Audrain.

Maddalena is accepting submissions via email.

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