Jessica Renheim

Jessica Renheim – Editor

I am a freelance book editor with over a decade of experience working at Penguin Random House specializing in adult suspense fiction.


I am a freelance book editor based in Gothenburg with over a decade of experience working at Penguin Random House. I specialize in adult suspense, thrillers, mysteries, dystopian fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, and narrative nonfiction. Before moving to Sweden, I was a Senior Editor at Dutton, an imprint of PRH, where I spent my entire eleven-year career in book publishing. I am currently an Acquisitions Editor at Crooked Lane Books in NYC.

Bestselling and critically acclaimed authors I have worked with include Mark Adams, Jussi Adler-Olsen, Josh Dean, Meg Gardiner, John Hodgman, Joseph Finder, Amy Kaufman, Richelle Mead, Brad Parks, Bryan Reardon, Dan Savage, Daniel Suarez, Brad Taylor, and Stephen White.
Action & Adventure Dystopian Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense
English (US)
  • Columbia Publishing Course

Work experience

Penguin Random House

Aug, 2007 — Dec, 2018 (over 11 years)


“A twisting, heart-wrenching journey into a marriage, a gripping thriller . . . Reardon grabs his readers on page one, then deftly ratchets up the suspense until the breathless ending.”—Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling authorJulia Swann, mother of two yo... read more
New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder's timely, electrifying new thriller about a simple mix-up that throws one innocent man into the crosshairs of sinister government secrets and ruthless political ambitions.Michael Tanner picks up the wrong MacBook... read more
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Vampire Academy and Bloodline series returns with the second installment in her acclaimed Age of X series. Gameboard of the Gods introduced religious investigator Justin March and Mae Koskinen, the beautiful supe... read more
The truth is, when you banish the gods from the world, they eventually come back—with a vengeance. In the near future, Justin March lives in exile from the Republic of United North America. After failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and su... read more
Eccentric private eye Charlie Waldo is back in another wildly fun and fast-paced thriller lampooning Southern California.Former LAPD detective Charlie Waldo was living in solitude deep in the woods, pathologically committed to owning no more than one hundred p... read more
From the acclaimed, bestselling author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu, a fascinating, wild, and wonder-filled journey into Alaska, America's last frontierIn 1899, railroad magnate Edward H. Harriman organized a most unusual summer voyage to the wilds of Alaska:... read more
From debut author Amy K. Green comes a devastating tale of psychological suspense: a teen pageant queen is found murdered in a small New England town, and her sister's search for answers unearths more than she bargained for. Days after a young pageant queen na... read more
An international thriller featuring a female journalist who stumbles upon a dark conspiracy, and her determination to follow the clues, no matter how far that takes her.Casey Benedict, star reporter at the Post, has infiltrated the lives and exposed the lies o... read more

Chipper J.

Atlanta Braves third baseman and National Hall of Famer Chipper Jones—one of the greatest switch-hitters in baseball history—shares his remarkable story, while capturing the magic nostalgia that sets baseball apart from every other sport. Before Chipper Jones ... read more
*A New York Times Bestseller*The first definitive, unauthorized, behind-the-scenes cultural history of the Bachelor franchise, America’s favorite guilty pleasure.For sixteen years and thirty-six seasons, the Bachelor franchise has been a mainstay in American T... read more
A New York Times BestsellerFormer Special Forces Officer and New York Times bestselling author Brad Taylor delivers a heart-pounding thriller where Pike Logan's search for a Mossad agent and ally puts him on a collision course with a ruthless military coup in ... read more
An incredible true tale of espionage and engineering set at the height of the Cold War--a mix between The Hunt for Red October and Argo--about how the CIA, the U.S. Navy, and America's most eccentric mogul spent six years and nearly a billion dollars to steal ... read more
A razor-sharp, exquisitely paced, madly fun debut thriller that gleefully lampoons Hollywood culture and introduces the highly eccentric yet brilliant ex-detective gone rogue: Charlie Waldo.There are run-of-the-mill eccentric Californians, and then there's for... read more
Change Agent

Daniel S.

New York Times bestselling author Daniel Suarez delivers an exhilarating sci-fi thriller exploring a potential future where CRISPR genetic editing allows the human species to control evolution itself.On a crowded train platform, Interpol agent Kenneth Durand f... read more
“The work of an author who continues to raise his sights and refine his immense talent.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch“Terrific book. Truly terrific. Tension throughout and tears at the end.”—Sue GraftonJudge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, b... read more
The New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Causes delivers his most captivating and suspenseful Department Q novel yet—perfect for fans of Stieg Larsson. Detective Carl Mørck of Department Q, Copenhagen's cold cases divi... read more
**The Instant NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller**New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder returns with an explosive new thriller about a female judge and the one personal misstep that could lead to her—and her family's—downfall. It was nothing more than a one-n... read more

Jessica has 3 reviews





Joyce S.

Joyce S.

Oct, 2020

I couldn't have asked for a better experience working with Jess. Her feedback was insightful, incisive, specific, and full of ideas for how to solve the problems she pinpointed. As mentioned by another reviewer, she picked up on issues that other readers/editors had overlooked. I particularly appreciate that she specializes in and has deep knowledge about the mystery/thriller genre. Big thanks ...
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Nadya B.

Nadya B.

Jun, 2020

Jessica is a pro in suspense genre. In my MS, she immediately spotted an issue with backstory delivery which went unnoticed by other editors and beta-readers, and I can tell it’s something only a person with a eye for thrillers would pay attention to. Jessica is punctual, encouraging and helpful. I can see how following her recommendations can actually help me to turn my book into a literary pa...
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Paul S.

Paul S.

Mar, 2020

Jessica was terrific - prompt, courteous, and insightful. I look forward to working with her in the future.