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Julia Crouch grew up in Cambridge and studied Drama at Bristol University. She spent ten years working as a theatre director and playwright, then, after a spell of teaching, she somehow became a successful graphic and website designer, a career she followed for another decade while raising her three children. An MA in sequential illustration reawoke her love of narrative and a couple of Open University creative writing courses brought it to the fore.

She works in a shed at the bottom of the Brighton house she shares with her husband, the actor and playwright Tim Crouch, their three children, two cats called Keith and Sandra, and about twelve guitars.

Genres: Mystery
Julia Crouch recommends
Someone Else's Skin (2014)
(Detective Inspector Marnie Rome, book 1)
Sarah Hilary
"It's meaty, dark and terrifying. Unflinchingly violent and beautifully big-hearted in equal measure. And Sarah's writing is glorious - she tells us things in new ways, gives us a fully fleshed, sensual world to inhabit for the novel."
Spare Me the Truth (2016)
(Dan Forrester, book 1)
C J Carver
"fast-paced, high concept thriller that ticks all the boxes and then some. Strong women, international covert intrigue, and a nasty serial killer. I'm so glad this is the first of a series: I want more of amnesiac Dan Forrester and 'lively' PC Lucy Davies, and I want it now!"
Tattletale (2017)
Sarah J Naughton
"It's one of the best debuts I've read. It deserves to be MASSIVE."
Time to Win (2017)
(Goodwins, book 1)
Harry Brett
"I loved Time to Win."
The House (2017)
Simon Lelic
"Really creepy and clever. I loved it."
Our Kind of Cruelty (2018)
Araminta Hall
"An addictive dive into dangerous, extreme obsession. A must-read."
The Tall Man (2018)
Phoebe Locke
"Do not use this book as a cure for insomnia. It turns shadows into threats. A brilliantly creepy, twisty story."
All Your Fault (2018)
J C Lewin
"Expect great things from J.C. Lewin."
The Hunting Party (2018)
Lucy Foley
"[A] brilliant, edgy book about friendship and obsession. Atmospheric, spooky, dripping with threat, it’s a book to dig your claws into and not let go."
The Beaten Track (2022)
Louise Mangos
"An unputdownable, spine-chilling backpacking voyage through the depths of a dark and dangerous obsession. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein meets Cheryl Strayed's Wild."
The Hike (2022)
Susi Holliday
"Such unpleasant people, yet Holliday still somehow has us caring what happens to them. Cat is one of the biggest literary pieces of work since Amy in Gone Girl."

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