Gilly Macmillan is the New York Times Bestselling author of What She Knew (UK: Burnt Paper Sky). She grew up in Wiltshire, and was pleasantly surprised when her family moved to California when she was a teenager. She studied History of Art at Bristol University before doing an MA in Modern British Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her career path has included working at the Burlington Magazine, the Hayward Gallery and teaching photography at a sixth-form college in Swindon. Her favourite job was working in a café opposite Kepler’s bookshop in Menlo Park, CA. She currently lives in Bristol with her husband Julian and their three children.
Emma Beswetherick at Piatkus bought World English rights to her debut Burnt Paper Sky and one further novel. It was published as a Piatkus superlead in August 2015 and in December by HarperCollins in the US under the title What She Knew where it became a NY Times bestseller. The title has been sold in the Portuguese language with French and German rights sold at auction as well as receiving Dutch and Serbian pre-empts with further territories sold that include Brazil, Taiwan, Poland and Sweden. In total the title has been sold in 17 countries. Gilly has also been nominated for an Edgar Crime Thriller Award and an American Crime Thriller Writer’s Award.
Gilly’s next novel THE PERFECT GIRL will be released in 2016. In January 2016 it was announced that her next two books after were picked up by Little, Brown.
THE PERFECT GIRL — Buy it here
Several years ago, Zoe Maisey – child genius, musical sensation – caused the death of three teenagers. She served her time. And now she’s free.
Her story begins with her giving the performance of her life.
By midnight, her mother is dead.
Butterfly in the Dark is an intricate exploration into the mind of a teenager burdened by brilliance.
It’s a story about the wrongs in our past not letting go and how hard we must fight for second chances.
PUBLICATION DATE: September 2016
In her enthralling debut, Gilly Macmillan explores a mother’s search for her missing son, weaving a taut psychological thriller as gripping and skillful as The Girl on the Train and The Guilty One.
In a heartbeat, everything changes…
BURNT PAPER SKY — Buy it here.
On the day that Rachel Jenner’s eight-year-old son Ben goes missing, the bottom falls out of her world. Desperate to find her boy, she’s completely unprepared for how quickly her personal hell is thrust into the media spotlight. She let Ben out of her sight, and now he’s gone – so of course the nation thinks she is to blame.
But what really happened that afternoon? Caught between the tragedy of losing her son, a frenetic police investigation and a public who have turned against her, Rachel must now face the awful truth – that everything she knew about herself and the people around her is a lie. And there is nobody left, not even her family, who she can trust.
In this emotional and wholeheartedly captivating psychological thriller, we see how a mother’s single mistake can cause nationwide fury. The clock is ticking to find Ben alive. But this is a trial by public opinion. Whose side are you on?