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What I Want You To See

Complex and utterly original, WHAT I WANT YOU TO SEE is a gripping tale of deception, attraction, and moral ambiguity. 

Winning a scholarship to California’s most prestigious art school seems like a fairy-tale ending to Sabine Reye’s awful senior year. After losing both her mother and her home, Sabine longs for a place where she belongs.

But the cut-throat world of visual arts is nothing like what Sabine had imagined. Colin Krell, the renowned faculty member whom she had hoped would mentor her, seems to take merciless delight in tearing down her best work—and warns her that she’ll lose the merit-based award if she doesn’t improve.

Desperate and humiliated, Sabine doesn’t know where to turn. Then she meets Adam, a grad student who understands better than anyone the pressures of art school. He even helps Sabine get insight on Krell by showing her the modern master’s work in progress, a portrait that’s sold for a million dollars sight unseen.

Sabine is enthralled by the portrait; within those swirling, colorful layers of paint is the key to winning her inscrutable teacher’s approval. Krell did advise her to improve her craft by copying a painting she connects with . . . but what would he think of Sabine secretly painting her own version of his masterpiece? And what should she do when she accidentally becomes party to a crime so well plotted that no one knows about it but her?


Rights details

USA/Canada: Disney Hyperion (February 2020)

The Author

Catherine Linka

Catherine Linka has spent her life immersed in the world of children’s and teen books, both as a veteran bookseller and now as a writer. Her two novels –  A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS and its sequel, A GIRL UNDONE – merge politics and thrilling, edge-of-the-seat action.  Both are published by St Martin’s Press. She has also written SPARROW’S STORY: A Girl Defiant, which continues the story and is available in e-book.

In 2009 Catherine was awarded the Glenn Goldman scholarship for booksellers from SCIBA. As well as hosting many events for leading authors and creating a speaker series called Writer2Writer, she also ran a teen-advisory board that reviews advance copies of books.

She is based in La Canada, Southern California and loves to travel the globe.



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