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About Annie Ward
Annie's sophomore novel and first psychological thriller BEAUTIFUL BAD will be published by Harper Collins/Park Row books in March, 2019.
Annie received a BA in English Lit with an emphasis in Creative Writing from UCLA and an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute. While studying at AFI, she sold her first short screenplay to MTV/ BFCS Productions. Starring Adam Scott, STRANGE HABIT became a Grand Jury Award Winner at the Aspen Film Festival and a Sundance Festival Official Selection.
After film school, Annie moved to Eastern Europe to work for Fodor Travel Guides, covering regions of Spain and Bulgaria. She remained in Bulgaria for five years spanning a civilian uprising and government overthrow. The novel THE MAKING OF JUNE, which Annie wrote with the Bulgarian revolution and Balkan crisis as its backdrop was sold to Penguin Putnam and published to critical acclaim in 2002.
During Annie's five years in the Balkans she received a Fulbright Scholarship, taught at the University of Sofia, and script doctored eight screenplays for Nu-Image, an Israeli/American film company that produced a number of projects in Bulgaria for the SyFy Channel. She was later the recipient of an Escape to Create artist residency.
She lives in Kansas City, Kansas with her family.
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“The ending will leave you staggered.” —Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish
In the tradition of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train comes a riveting psychological thriller about a devoted wife, a loving husband, and a chilling crime that will stun even the cleverest readers.
It seemed like such a beautiful marriage…
Maddie and Ian’s love story began at a party overseas, while she was visiting her best friend, Jo. Now, almost two decades later, they are married with a beautiful son and living the perfect American life. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian, her concerns for her safety, and the couple’s tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.
From the electric streets of the Balkans to a quiet suburb in Kansas, sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion, culminate in the Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime. Twisty and utterly original, Beautiful Bad shows that appearances are deceptive and even the most seemingly perfect couples have something to hide.
El thriller psicológico más explosivo y vertiginoso desde La mujer de la ventana.
¿Una historia de amor perfecta?
¿O la historia de un crimen perfecto?
La historia de amor entre Maddie e Ian comenzó en un encuentro casual durante una fiesta en el extranjero. Casi dos décadas después, casados y con un hermoso hijo, tienen una vida perfecta a las afueras de la ciudad. Pero cuando un accidente en un camping deja a Maddie gravemente herida, poco a poco ella irá revelando sus temores y sus preocupaciones por la seguridad de su hijo Charlie y por el complicado pasado de la pareja. Desde los Balcanes a Inglaterra, de Irak a la casa familiar en Kansas, los dieciséis años de amor y miedo, de aventura y sospecha, culminan en El día del Asesinato y en una desesperada llamada a la policía ante la escena de un crimen impactante.
«Una novela bellamente escrita, bellamente retorcida. Un thriller oscuro con una profundidad psicológica real.» J. P. Delaney, autor de La chica de antes
«Annie Ward explora un matrimonio marcado por la lucha y al borde del desastre en este hábil debut. Tan conmovedor y estimulante como aterrador.» Mary Kubica, autora best seller del New York Times
«Las evocadoras descripciones y la gran ambientación complementan una trama intrincada e inteligente.» Publishers Weekly
«Recomendada a aquellos lectores que disfrutan de las novelas de suspense, así como a los lectores de Paula Hawkins, Ruth Ware y Liane Moriarty.» Library Journal
For June, a sunny Californian film production assistant whose free time was once filled with sushi happy hours, yoga and spa retreats with her friends, adapting to this frighteningly different country is the hardest thing she has ever faced. That is, until Ethan leaves her for Nevena, a young, hard-working maid who was orphaned as a child during an attack on her Muslim village in the mountains close to the Turkish border.
June is forced to stand on her own or admit defeat. She decides to stay in Sofia in hopes of reconciling with Ethan. She hires a language tutor, takes a job as a journalist, and is eventually seduced by Chavdar, a Mafia kingpin as charismatic as he is lethal. Ethan’s love for Nevena deepens as he learns more about her tragic past and her loyalty to her little sister Boryana, an exotic dancer at one of the Mafia clubs. Boryana has betrayed her employer, dragging all of them into dangerous dealings with Chavdar and his henchmen.
With Chavdar, June enjoys lavish weekends in Turkey and Greece, expensive gifts and powerful physical chemistry, as well as bouts of terror. She soon comes to identify more with the passionate and proud Bulgarian working class, particularly her outspoken, chain-smoking, elderly tutor Raina. June finally realizes that the explosive revolution on its way is due to desperate poverty and injustice clashing with the outrageous excesses of Chavdar’s dirty wealth. She leaves him, but not without a terrifying battle with the obsessive narcissist who can’t bear to see his empire crumble and his conquests escape.
Ethan’s loyalty to Nevena and her sister is unwavering to the point that he risks his life to save theirs by smuggling the girls out of the country before Chavdar’s thugs can find them. Realizing that Ethan will never be hers again, June gives him her blessing to cement his relationship with Nevena. June not only survives her darkest hour but perseveres. She re-evaluates her role in the world and resolves to make it a more meaningful one. She remains in the Balkans working as a journalist, convinced for the first time that she can make a difference—in her own life and in the lives of others.