EXCLUSIVE– NY-based production company Dutch Tilt Film has optioned the screen rights to Marion Pauw’s thriller Girl In The Dark. Originally published in Dutch in 2008, the book was a bestseller in the Netherlands, winning the annual award for the best Dutch crime fiction and adapted into a 2013 Dutch-language film. The book now is being published for the first time in English, presumably hoping to catch the current wave of female protagonist-led thrillers as witnessed by Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Paula Hawkins’ The Girl On The Train.

William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, is publishing the book in the U.S. on February 16. The story follows Iris, a lawyer and a single mother of a son with emotional issues, who uncovers by accident that she has an older brother she has never known. What she discovers surprises — and horrifies her. Her brother Ray is autistic and imprisoned for brutally murdering his neighbor and her daughter. Meeting Ray, there is no question he is odd and obsessive, but he also has an unnerving naïveté and a love for tropical fish and baking bread. Iris wonders: Could Ray really be a killer?

Sofia Sondervan of Dutch Tilt Film will develop and produce the film in collaboration with Meg Thomson (Flying Home). Joris van Wijk negotiated the deal on behalf of the author and publisher Ambo | Anthos, with Sofia Sondervan on behalf of Dutch Tilt Film.

Sondervan is a producer on London Town starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and The Man Who Knew Infinity, starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons, which IFC is releasing in May.