It’s been more than two years since The Girl in the Ice was published, and it has been a life-changing couple of years. The book has sold over a million copies, and is in the process of being translated into 27 languages. It hit the #1 spot on the Amazon US Kindle store, #1 on the Amazon Australia Kindle store, and it spent six weeks at #2 on the Amazon UK Kindle store (so, it’s rather unfortunately known as my huge #2). It won the Dead Good Reader Award at the 2016 Theakston’s Harrogate Crime Festival, and was a finalist in the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards.
One of my literary heroes, Augusten Burroughs read the book and wrote to tell me how much he loved it, and another, Jeffrey Deaver read the book and provided a wonderful quote. The Italian edition, La Donna Di Ghiaccio became the biggest ebook bestseller in Italy during 2017, and the Czech Edition was my second big number 2, becoming the second bestselling book in the Czech Republic after J.K Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And throughout all this I have been lucky enough to gain a wonderful, funny, warm, and loyal readership who have stayed with me and continued to read the next books in the Erika Foster series, and tell their friends and family how much they love the characters. Word of mouth is the best form of advertising. If you love a book, the best thing you can do is tell people!
So, I’m so excited that today is publication day for the U.S trade paperback edition of The Girl in the Ice! The cover has been slightly refreshed, and the text inside has been slightly adapted in places to accommodate American English, ‘Lift’ becomes ‘Elevator’ ‘Boot’ becomes ‘Trunk’… ‘Theresa May’ becomes ‘Donald Trump’ (Okay, I’m kidding about the last one) My American publisher, Grand Central has done a fantastic job with the American edition, and they allowed me to have input into these minor changes. Thank you to all at Grand Central, you guys are the best!
What really excites me, is that The Girl in the Ice will find a whole new audience in paperback in America and beyond. I have just heard that as well as being available in all good bookstores across America and Canada, it will be included in some great promotions in Target and Barnes and Noble book stores, so keep a lookout! And if you do see it in your local bookstore, please consider taking a selfie with a copy of The Girl in the Ice, I would love to meet new readers!