SIMONE VAN DER VLUGT
Simone Van Der Vlugt

SIMONE VAN DER VLUGT (1966) is an acclaimed Dutch writer, well known for her young adult
novels. THE REUNION is her debut novel for adults. She lives with her husband and two children in Alkmaar, The Netherlands.

 

Her novels THE LAST OFFER, SAFE AS HOUSES and AUTUMN SONG are also huge bestsellers in Holland and all have already been bought by Diana Verlag/Heyne in Germany. She published a historical novel entitled DAUGHTER OF HOLLAND in 2009 about the unconventional 15th-century warrior queen Jacoba van Beieren, a story she manages to bring to life incredibly vividly. 2010 saw publication of her thriller IN THE CLEAR LIGHT OF DAY - another instant bestseller on publication and winner for the NS Publieksprijs. Her latest thriller IN MY DREAMS came out in 2011 and is yet another bestseller. She has sold way over 2 million copies in Holland alone.

 

www.simonevandervlugt.nl

BESTSELLING DUTCH CRIME WRITER & AUTHOR OF NEW SERIES STARRING DETECTIVE LOIS ELZINGA

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SAFE AS HOUSES (BLAUW WATER)

Safe as Houses

SIMONE VAN DER VLUGT’S BEST NOVEL TO DATE
WINNER OF:
ZILVEREN VINGERAFDRUK 2009

NOMINATED FOR:
THE NS PUBLIEKSPRIJS 2008
THE GOUDEN STROP 2008

‘Someone who can describe the universal fears of women this brilliantly, deserves her place at the top. She did it before and she does it again. All honour to her.’ Crimezone

'A fast-paced example of suburban noir... a lean, stripped-down thriller that hits the ground running and sprints full-tilt to its breathless climax.' Irish Times

‘Van der Vlugt knows how to tell more by writing less. The tension stays tight and reading to the end is a must. And there are several unexpected plot twists, all in all nothing but praise.’ Ezzulia

‘Just imagine it: you are standing as a single mother in your garden of your isolated house, hanging the washing out and suddenly an escaped convict appears who holds you and your daughter hostage. How will this end? Escape isn’t an option, there are no neighbours, you can’t even rely on attention from the postman. Lisa does everything, even the unimaginable, to save her life and especially her child’s life. In the meantime she asks herself why the woman, who appeared out of the mist in her garden and saw her desperation, hasn’t organised a rescue. In vivid and well written pages, pages that simmer with angst, tension and lust for revenge, the talented bestselling author Simone van der Vlugt conjures up a hair-raising portrait of our time.’
- Jury report of De Gouden Strop Prize

‘Blue Water reads like a nightmare from which it is difficult to wake. Simone van der Vlugt builds up the tension brilliantly in this very topical story.’ Veronic Magazine, ****

Sales

Ambo Anthos (original publisher) NL

Diana Verlag/Heyne Germany

Canongate UK

Punktum Denmark

Feeria/JK Publishing Poland

Material: finished copies of Dutch (220pp), English and German editions.

THE REUNION (DE REÜNIE)

 

SHORTLISTED FOR THE NS PUBLIEKSPRIJS 2005

BEST DEBUT THRILLER, CRIMEZONE 2004

 

When Isabel disappeared, Sabine was fifteen, isolated at school and tormented by her former friend. She remembers nothing from that hot May day. Nine years later, unbidden memories are returning to Sabine. What if she saw something the day of Isabel’s disappearance? What if she could put a name to the shadowy figure in her dreams? And what if her knowledge was dangerous? A hugely exciting literary thriller, presenting intriguing themes, such as the suppression of traumatic events, the competition between teenagers, and also between colleagues, love, and above all, about friendship.

 

‘Hard to put down. Thrilling.’ Cosmopolitan

 

‘In just two pages the beautiful prologue immediately produces a feeling of tension. Tension that keeps you entangled throughout the story and ensures that you read The Reunion in one sitting.’ Crimezone.nl


‘A thriller that, without physical violence or big armoury, still generates suspense which is maintained right until the end.’ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

 

‘This lightly and sweetly narrated psycho-thriller develops an extraordinary maelstrom.’ Spiegel

 

‘Highly recommended to all fans of crime fiction who have strong nerves.’ Glamour

 

'A gripping psychological thriller which breathes new life into that old cliche "unputdownable"' Waterstone's Books Quarterly

Sales

Ambo Anthos (original publisher) NL

 

Diana Verlag Germany

 

Text Australia

 

Presses de la Cite France

 

Kowalski Editore Italy

 

Seix Barral/Planeta World Spanish

 

Harper Press UK

 

Muza Poland

 

Record Brazil

 

Ripol Classics Russia

 

New World Press China (Simplified)

 

Athena Press Taiwan (Complex)

 

Material: finished copies of Dutch (336 pp), English, Italian, German.

SHADOW SISTER (SCHADUWZUSTER)
Shadowsister Cover

Simone van der Vlugt's second novel, published in October 2005, tells the story of Marjolein a passionate, committed teacher in a black secondary school in Rotterdam. She is proud of her great contact with the kids but one day she comes face to face with another side of the teaching. She is threatened by one of her students during a class and from that moment on her life changes completely and she finds herself caught between loyalty to her school and fear of the threats that just don’t stop. Who has it in for her and just how far are they prepared to go? Another tense thriller, written with great wit and pace about how ordinary everyday life can suddenly change into hell. Over 100,000 copies sold.

 

‘This is the best psychological suspense story I have read in a long time - utterly believable and totally riveting.’ Daily Mail


‘There is a lot more going on under the surface than the reader is being told, and the author does not put a foot wrong in the difficult task of making the narrators seem honest while at the same time conveying more than they are willing to admit to themselves or to us. The novel is creepy, effective and highly readable’ Eurocrime


‘Van der Vlugt dreams up ingenious plots that keep you on the edge of your seat.' Parool


‘Gripping from the very first page, the recognisable anxieties make it all the more gruesome and it's surprising to the very end. We have our own Nicci French' Veronica Magazine, ****

Sales

Ambo Anthos (original publisher) NL

 

Diana Verlag/Heyne Germany

 

Text Australia

 

Harper Press UK

 

Kowalski Italy

 

Material: Finished copies of Dutch (340pp), German and English editions.

NEW SERIES STARRING DETECTIVE LOIS ELZINGA:
TELL NO ONE (AAN NIEMAND VERTELLEN)
Tell No One

SHORTLISED FOR CRIMEZONE AWARD 2013

'Surprising new thriller' De Telegraaf

Written with great pace and fascinating’ Margriet

‘After the climax the book screams for more, more, more!’ Limburgs Dagblad

‘Gripping, moving and compelling. Lois Elzinga has made her mark. And what a mark!’ Crimezone.nl

In her latest novel Simone introduces the 31-year-old detective Lois Elzinga from Alkmaar, department North-Holland North. Together with her partner Fred, who is soon to retire, she has to investigate the violent murder of a school teacher. The manner in which he has been killed points to a woman’s act of revenge – his penis has been cut off and put in his mouth. In his pocket there is the brochure for an exposition which leads the police to the painter Maaike Scholten. She says she doesn’t know David but she’s lying. Another trail leads Lois to the photographer Tamara who appears to have vanished into thin air. When two more murders follow, Lois delves deep into the psyche of the murderer. Part of a series starring Lois, an extremely well-drawn, intriguing character

Lois Elzinga is a troubled woman, marked by the death of her younger sister at five years old, a mother who had a break down and ended up in psychiatric care, a father who left them and her American boyfriend who has moved back to his homeland. Lois struggles with her past, with her failed relationship and with the horrific situations her job exposes her to. Simone van der Vlugt introduces her background expertly and seamlessly slips into the story of her often painful private life. Lois’s first case is a story that packs a big emotional punch.

Sales

Ambo Anthos (original publisher) NL

 

Diana/Heyne Germany

 

Material: finished copies Dutch edition (293pp); German text

TOMORROW I’LL BE BACK (MORGEN BEN IK WEER THUIS)
Tomorrow I'll Be Back

When 11-year-old Britt doesn’t come home from her gym class, it rapidly becomes obvious that this is no ordinary missing person case. Britt and her mother live a quiet existence in Alkmaar and are happy together. Lois and her team are put on the case. Vague reports of a man sighted standing in the bushes of the sports centre come in and of a van’s tracks along Britt’s cycle route. When it becomes clear that Britt has been taken abroad, Lois is faced with a problem – she has no jurisdiction over the border. This is the follow up to TELL NO ONE, another tightly plotted thriller in which we get to know Lois even better.

Sales

Ambo Anthos (original publisher) NL

 

Diana/Heyne Germany

 

Material: manuscript to be delivered later this year.