The Thing About Her
Melissa Hemmings
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April 1, 2024
End Date
October 31, 2024
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Project Description

Author: Melissa Hemmings

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Romance

Synopsis:
“The Thing About Her” follows the story of William, a successful lawyer haunted by his past romantic failures and abandonment issues. When he visits his hometown and reconnects with his high school crush, Vanessa, old wounds are reopened. However, his life takes a turn when he meets the enigmatic Eden, and a whirlwind romance ensues.

As William and Eden’s relationship deepens, he starts to notice inconsistencies in her stories and behavior. Despite his growing suspicions, William marries Eden, and they start a family together. Tragedy strikes when Eden dies during childbirth, leaving William to raise their daughter alone.

While grieving, William uncovers a shocking truth: Eden was actually Vanessa, who had undergone extensive plastic surgery to transform herself into William’s perfect woman. Vanessa’s deception shatters William’s world, forcing him to confront the consequences of his past actions and the lengths someone would go to for love and obsession.

As William grapples with betrayal and grief, he must find a way to move forward and be the best father he can be to his daughter. The story explores themes of love, obsession, forgiveness, and the importance of honesty in relationships.

Key characters:
– William: The protagonist, a successful lawyer with a troubled past
– Vanessa: William’s high school crush, who undergoes a dramatic transformation
– Eden: William’s wife, who harbors a shocking secret
– Martha: William and Eden’s daughter

Target Audience: Adult readers who enjoy psychological thrillers with romantic elements and complex character dynamics.

Publishing Considerations:
– Potential for a standalone novel or part of a series exploring William’s journey
– e-book and print formats
– Audiobook potential
– Marketing strategy focusing on psychological thriller and romance readers

Comparable Titles:
– “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn
– “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides
– “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins

Unique Selling Points:
– Blend of psychological thriller and romance genres
– Exploration of complex themes such as obsession, betrayal, and forgiveness
– Unexpected twist revealing the true identity of the protagonist’s love interest
– Emotionally charged story of personal growth and redemption

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Pre-Writing April 30, 2024

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Editing June 30, 2024

Conduct a detailed line edit of the book.

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Publishing contract signed (15%)
Manuscript approved for publication (5%)
Final edits and formatting completed (5%)

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