SIMONE VAN DER VLUGT
Simone van der Vlugt

SIMONE VAN DER VLUGT (1966) is an acclaimed Dutch writer, who made her name with a series of YA novels. Her adult thrillers including THE REUNION, THE LAST OFFER, SAFE AS HOUSES and AUTUMN SONG are also huge bestsellers in Holland and all have been bought by Diana Verlag/Heyne in Germany. Her 2010 thriller IN THE CLEAR LIGHT OF DAY was another instant bestseller and winner of the NS Publieksprijs. She published her first historical novel JACOBA, DAUGHTER OF HOLLAND in 2009, since followed by THE EMPTY CITY and RED SNOW IN DECEMBER. She has sold way over 2 million copies in Holland alone.

She lives with her husband and two children in Alkmaar.

 

www.simonevandervlugt.nl

Multi-Million-copy bestselling author

 

Winner of:

 

Best debut thriller 2004 crimezone

best dutch thriller 2010 crimezone

silver fingerprint 2009

NS publiekS Prize 2010

alkmaar culture prize 2006 for her body of work

HISTORICAL NOVELS

midnight blue (NachtblauW)
Nachtblau

A page-turning novel about the historical origins of Delft Blue pottery.

Following the death of her young husband, Catrijn takes a job as housekeeper to the Van Nulandt family. She is happy in the job, and is able to support the lady of the house during her painting lessons. But Catrijn’s past catches up with her and she has to look for another post. She is taken on by Evert van Nulandt in his pottery factory in Delft, where her painting talent is greatly valued. Difficult times arrive. But Catrijn survives the great explosion that hits Delft in 1654 and destroys much of the city. She then faces a life-defining choice between heart and head: should she wait for her great love, who will away at sea for years, or choose the man who can give her security? Simone van der Vlugt weaves Catrijn’s gripping story with a fascinating period in Dutch history: the Golden Age in which commerce, science and the arts take a great leap forward.

'A beautiful story about the fate of a seventeenth-century young woman and the early days of the blue-and-white pottery from Delft… You live and suffer with Catrijn. You recognise her dilemmas.' Nederlands Dagblad

‘Van der Vlugt has immersed herself in the pottery painting of the time and weaves fact and fiction into a gripping story.' Leidsch Dagblad

'A clever story about a strong woman.' Leestafel

'I finished it in one day.' Five Stars, Shyama in Boekenland

'A great historical novel, with thriller aspects and romance. What more could you want?' Biepmiepje

'The local colour, the fascinating story, the interesting history, definitely for me born in Delft, means you read MIDNIGHT BLUE in one sitting.' boekenbloggenderwijs.nl

Sales

AmboAnthos NL

 

Ponte alle Grazie/Mauri Spagnol Italy

 

Duomo Spain & Latin America

 

HarperCollins UK

 

HarperCollins Germany

 

Geopen Hungary

 

Material: finished copies of the Dutch edition (320pp); full English translation.

red snow in december
Red Snow in December

It is 1552, the eve of the 80 Years War. The newly weds Catholic Lideweij Feelinck and Protestant Andris Griffioen settle in Breda, where they become close friends with William of Orange. When the political climate changes under Catholic King Philip, Lideweij flees with her family to Naarden where they feel safer. Until a terrible tragedy befalls the small city..

****'Page-turning, moving and simultaneously informative history.' Noordhollands Dagblad

'Because love, revenge and family bonds intermingle, the latest from this bestselling author is an extremely thrilling book.' Flair

'The reader is transported by such stormy national history that the novel reads like a thriller' Margriet

Sales

AmboAnthos NL (original publisher)

Material: finished copies of the Dutch edition (436pp).

the empty city
The empty city cover

On 14th May 1940 Rotterdam suffered the heaviest bombing of all the Netherlands. For the newly married Katja this means the end of her carefree life. She loses almost half her family. Together with her husband she takes in her remaining little brothers and sisters. She is determined to get them through the war alive. But the grimmer life gets the harder it is to survive and protect them all.

Sales

AmboAnthos NL (original publisher)

Material: finished copies of the Dutch edition (296pp).

JACOBA, DAUGHTER OF HOLLAND
Jacoba

In this historical novel Simone van der Vlugt utterly convincingly crawls into the skin of Jacoba van Beieren (1401-1436). Jacoba was way ahead of her time, didn't hide her feminist ideas and didn't always choose the easy route in love. Fate did not smile kindly on her. She was a widow at 15 and her father, Count Willem IV, died soon after making her Countess of Holland, Zeeland and Henegouwen. We get to know a woman who had to overcome many odds, but never resigned herself to her lot and became stronger with every obstacle faced.

'The history of Jacoba van Beieren is shocking but above all beautifully told.' Metro

'Stunning novel, bringing the fifteenth century vividly to life.' Libelle

'A gripping novel which brings the history of Jacoba van Beieren closer. Beautiful!' Flair

Sales

AmboAnthos NL (original publisher)

Material: finished copies of the Dutch edition (318pp).

sTANDALONE THRILLERS

SAFE AS HOUSES (BLAUW WATER)

Safe as Houses

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

GOUDEN BOEK 2015
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 NL (original publisher)

Diana Verlag/Heyne Germany

Canongate World English

Punktum Denmark

AV Forlaget Den Grimme Ælling Danish Audio

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 NL (original publisher)

 

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

 

New World Press China (Simplified)

 

Athena Press Taiwan (Complex)

 

Dutch language feature film out in NL Summer 2015

 

Option for French language TV film series sold to Quad TV for France2

 

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

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 NL (original publisher)

 

Diana Verlag/Heyne Germany

 

Text Australia

 

Harper Press UK

 

Kowalski Italy

 

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

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

SHORTLISTED FOR NS PUBLIEKS PRIZE 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

The first in Simone's series starring 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 NL (original publisher)

 

Diana/Heyne Germany

 

Material: finished copies of Dutch (293pp) and German editions.

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 NL (original publisher)

 

Diana/Heyne Germany

 

Material: finished copies of Dutch (277pp) and German editions.

dON'T aSK wHY (vRAAG nIET wAAROM)
Don't Ask Why

In the parking area of a shopping centre in Alkmaar, a woman is stabbed. Not long after a schoolgirl dies of her wounds in the alley behind her house. A third stabbing follows quickly. Little links the suspects. Lois and Fred are once again faced with a mystery. In the meantime Lois’s sister Tessa is going through a difficult time and also seems to have a stalker. For both sisters the past seems to be getting far closer than they would like. The story lines of the stabbings in Alkmaar and Lois’s problematic youth are woven together effortlessly. This is another powerful psychological thriller.

Sales

Ambo Anthos NL (original publisher)

Diana/Heyne Germany

Material: finished copies of Dutch edition (284pp).