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                                        A NOVEL
Katherine Wood


Everyone has a story. But not everyone's story is true.


When a young woman vanishes from her remote Greek islands estate, her best friend races to find her, using clues found in the explosive manuscript she left behind…


Gia and Abby are childhood friends, forever bonded by the tragedy that unfolded in Greece when they were eighteen. Now thirty, heiress Gia is back in Greece with her new husband, entertaining glamorous guests with champagne under the hot Mediterranean sun, while bookish Abby is working fourteen-hour days as an attorney. When Gia invites Abby on an all-expenses-paid trip to Sweden to celebrate her birthday, Abby’s thrilled to reconnect.


But the day of her flight, she receives an ominous email that threatens to unearth the skeletons of her past, and when she and Gia's brother Benny arrive in Sweden, Gia isn’t there. Worried, Abby and Benny fly to Greece, where they finds Gia’s beachfront estate eerily deserted, the sole clue to her whereabouts the manuscript she penned, detailing the events leading up to her disappearance. Gia’s narrative reveals the dark truth about her provocative new marriage and the dirty secrets of their seductive guests, a story almost too scandalous to be believed. But the pages end abruptly, raising more questions than answers. 


How much of Gia’s story is true? Where is she now? And will Abby find her before it’s too late?

photo of Katherine Wood author of Ladykiller

Katherine Wood


Hometown: Jackson, Mississippi

University: University of Southern California

Current city: Atlanta, Georgia

Lived the longest in: Los Angeles, CA

Favorite city: Barcelona, Spain

Favorite food: dark chocolate

Favorite drink: Aperol spritz

Favorite holiday: Halloween

Loves: yoga, hiking, travel, words, house music, sunshine, red lipstick, modern art, fireworks, laughter

Family: husband, two daughters, a naughty pug, a ferocious kitty

Previous jobs: actress, screenwriter, director, producer, photographer, singer-songwriter, legal assistant, real estate agent, yoga instructor, bartender, travel coordinator

Previous pen name: Katherine St. John (The Lion's Den, The Siren, The Vicious Circle)

“The Talented Mr. Ripley meets Verity in this salacious and cunning thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. Masterfully written, Ladykiller is this summer's perfect beach read!"

– Jeneva Rose, NYT Bestselling author of Home is Where the Bodies Are

“An absolute knock-out of a thriller, Katherine Wood has crafted the perfect summer read with LADYKILLER. Sun-drenched and sultry with shades of Highsmith and Gillian Flynn, I was utterly mesmerized by this twisty, devious, staggering suspense loaded with gorgeous backdrops, long-buried secrets, toxic female friendship dynamics and jaw-dropping twists you’ll never guess, try as you might! I could not tear myself away from it!”

— May Cobb, author of The Hunting Wives

"A delicious cocktail of desire, deceit, and dark secrets set against a sun-soaked backdrop, Ladykiller is the perfect poolside read. Expertly plotted with twists that will keep you guessing, fans of White Lotus will devour this seductive thriller.”

- Lindsay Cameron, author of Just One Look

"A missing woman, a dark secret, and a sizzling romance set in the glamorously decadent world of the uber-rich – LADYKILLER is a salacious and steamy thriller with utterly unpredictable twists and turns until the mind-bending conclusion."

– Liv Constantine, NYT Bestselling author of The Next Mrs. Parrish

“Sexy and addictive, Ladykiller is one of the best thrillers I've read in years. From the first page, Wood works at a blistering pace, deftly ratcheting the tension until the reader can't turn the pages fast enough! Full of sun, sex, money, and greed, not since Gone Girl have unreliable narrators been
this fun.”

– Katy Hays, NYT Bestselling author of

The Cloisters

"LADYKILLER is the perfect mix of setting, atmosphere, and tension. A past indiscretion (or more than one), a mysterious couple, a sun-drenched setting, unrequited love, and lust swirl together in this spellbinding novel from Katherine Wood. Trust no one but read this immediately."

– Catherine McKenzie, USA Today Bestselling author of Have You Seen Her

Calm Sea


"Wood spins a delightfully steamy, scintillating, and enchanting puzzle of a tale that will keep eagle-eyed readers on their toes. A perfect summer read."


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Literary rep:
Levine Greenberg Rostan
Sarah Bedingfield

Film rep:
William Morris Endeavor
Hilary Zaitz Michael


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