Rights Available! Heart-wrenching Love Story and Psychological Thriller Up for Grabs

Sally Hepworth's 'The Things We Keep' (which evokes 'Still Alice' and 'The Notebook') and Shari Lapena's 'The Couple Next Door' (which nabbed 20 foreign-language sales in two weeks) are ready for optioning.
Courtesy of St. Martin Press
Sally Hepworth's 'The Things We Keep'

This story first appeared in the Dec. 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

The Things We Keep (St. Martin's) by Sally Hepworth
Agency: Rob Weisbach

The Australian novelist evokes Still Alice and The Notebook with the story of a 38-year-old with early-onset Alzheimer's who falls in love with a young male patient at her assisted-living facility — and the single mother risking her job to keep them together.

The Couple Next Door (Pamela Dorman Books) by Shari Lapena
Agencies: ICM, The Helen Heller Agency

The psychological thriller has nabbed more than 20 foreign-language sales during the past two weeks, including a two-book U.S. pact. Centering on a young couple who leaves their daughter at home to visit their "friendly" neighbors, Lapena's debut is primed for a film deal before it hits shelves in fall 2016.