Nova Lee Maier



Nova lee Maier is a pseudonym of Esther Verhoef, Dutch best seller author of psychological thrillers, action thrillers, novels and short stories.
Her thrillers alone have sold over 2.5 million copies in the Netherlands. Every thriller she wrote has been nominated for one or more prizes. She has won, among others, the NS Publieksprijs (NS Audience Award), the Hebban Crimezone Award, the Diamanten Kogel (Diamond Bullet) and the prestigious Gouden Strop (Golden Noose).

Verhoefs work has been translated into numerous languages. Rendez-vous had been filmed by Millstreet Films in 2015 and the film rights for Close to the Cradle have been sold to Eyeworks.

Her latest two thrillers, De Kraamhulp (Close to the Cradle) and Lieve Mama (Dear Mama), were both nr. 1 best-selling fiction book in Holland in their year of publication. Verhoefs novel Tegenlicht (Backlight) has been in the National Bestseller 100 for 4 years in a row.

Verhoef lives partially in The Netherlands and in the south of France.'


... another excellent piece of cleverly structured suspense, astute psychology and crystal-clear narrative style.LINDA
Verhoef is a novelist capable of delineating characters that transcend the standard thriller stereotypes.Barnes & Nobles Review
Esther Verhoef is clearly part of our country’s literary elite.Algemeen Dagblad
Verhoef always manages to find the right tone, taking evil, temptation and struggle, as well as vulnerability, repentance and various forms of love, and making them Volkskrant
Verhoef remains the benchmark for the genre.BOEK


“The shrimp was lying on Oscar’s arm with her mouth open. Her romper suit read: I LOVE DADDY.
Daddy himself was playing on his iPhone with his free hand.
Hennequin bent forwards to put the clean laundry into the basket. She arched her back slightly.
It had the desired effect. Oscar glanced at her cleavage and looked away again sheepishly. Like a naughty schoolboy.
She had to smile to herself. The husband was in a dry spell, and had been for months, no doubt. All that time, Didi had probably rejected him, pushed him away, because a baby was growing inside her and her body no longer felt like something sexual, but like an incubator. Or perhaps she had wanted him, had craved his closeness and comfort, but he just hadn’t been able to face it. Incontinence, weight gain, mood swings, pain, a steadily growing, constantly moving baby: incubators weren’t sexy.
But tanned, toned maternity nurses in tight-fitting outfits were.”Excerpt from: De Kraamhulp (Close to the cradle)
“Photography is like stealing. You rob someone of a moment that exposes something essential about their character, their soul if you like. There are people who are very conscious of that, who find that terrifying. The thought that everyone, friend of foe, can get so close to you, look you straight in the eye and judge you without having any control over it or being able to respond. A part of them has become the property of the photographer.”Excerpt from: Close-up
“I have a thing about old buildings. Crumbling walls, collapsed roofs, skeletons of wood and stone, without windows and doors. They move me. Bare and naked, without pretensions.
As I walk around, the atmosphere washes over me. I feel like lying down, flat on my back, arms spread wide. Like a child making a butterfly in the warm summer sand. Breathe in. Drink in.
I don’t.
Why do we never do what we really want?”Excerpt from: Rendez-vous
“It has struck me that people seldom listen to the meaning of underlying words. There are only a few people who recognize the silence beyond the scream, the gentle weeping that hides beyond tough statements. They hear only the words, the sentences, when there is so much more to take in. People who are too self-absorbed to notice, really see or fathom others. Often, they don't even know themselves.”Excerpt from: Close-up


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