In a big win for Amazon Publishing, Christine Bell’s suspenseful thriller Grievance, was named the winner of the International Thriller Writers’ 2018 Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original Novel. The new novel was published in 2017 by Lake Union Publishing, the book club fiction imprint of Amazon Publishing and is available on The award was an exceptional accomplishment for Bell, who was a first-time nominee this year. The annual awards honor the best in thriller fiction in six distinct categories. This also marks Bell’s first book with Lake Union Publishing and we are excited to see what comes next.

“I am honored to have received the Thriller Award!” said Bell. “Grievance is a book I care deeply about, and I’m pleased to be among such a spectacular group of nominees. Thank you to ITW and the terrific team at Lake Union Publishing.”

“On behalf of the entire Amazon Publishing team, congratulations to Christine on this richly deserved award,” said Mikyla Bruder, Publisher of Amazon Publishing. “We’re proud to be her publisher.”

“From the minute I started reading the manuscript, it was clear to me that Christine had written a truly original novel,” said Jodi Warshaw, Executive Editor of Lake Union Publishing. “I’m thrilled to see Grievance recognized by the ITW. I couldn’t be happier for her.”

The novel follows a grieving widow, who is stalked by a stranger that seems to be relentlessness haunting her. A year after her husband’s death, Lily Declan is trying to move past her grief and find a place of healing for herself and her two young sons but things quickly take a dark turn. The publisher describes the novel adding, “Like a hungry ghost, someone seeks to claim her love and loss as their own, to erase Lily from her own life and possess her beloved forever, in an embrace of macabre devotion. As more threats follow, Lily’s home and family are no longer her safe haven, and it becomes difficult to tell friend from foe. But after everything she’s already lost, she won’t give up her memories—or her family—without a fight.”

The 2018 Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original Novel nominees also included Rachel Caine’s Stillhouse Lake; Layton Green’s The Resurrector; Adrian McKinty’s Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly; and Lori Rader-Day’s The Day I Died.