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    • Julia Crouch
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'Wow, this book was fantastic, it gripped me from start to finish!' Goodreads reviewer ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Some secrets are better left buried...

Peg always felt a little blurred, a little lacking in definition. Her mother died when she was six, her father simply disappeared, and she was brought up by her grandparents and her obese, bedridden aunt. But, despite all this, she never developed the habit of asking questions.

At least, not until she met Loz, her straight-talking, psychotherapeutically literate girlfriend, who urges her to confront her demons.

But as the skeletons come tumbling out of the family closet and the full horror of the past begins to reveal itself, Peg starts to wonder whether her youthful lack of curiosity might not have been a good thing. A very good thing indeed...

A truly chilling psychological thriller that will keep you reading late into the night, perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins, Erin Kelly and Gillian Flynn.

Why readers love Tarnished:

'You'd be crazy not to read this book... an absolutely brilliant writer' Daily Mail

'Will keep you up at night to finish it and the characters will stay with you long after you have turned the last page.' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'Truly chilling... you won't want to read it alone in the house' Sunday Mirror'

'An intense psychological thriller that left me reeling.' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'I read this one in double quick time... Brilliant storytelling... I had my hand over my mouth at one stage trying to stop myself talking out loud on the bus.' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'Wow, this book was fantastic, it gripped me from start to finish! I highly recommend it if you like family themed thrillers where you can never work out who to trust!' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'Yikes!... A well written, addictive story with a very twisted core... It's a powerful book. A page turner.' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'I stayed up reading this novel until 11.30pm, woke again at 4.30am and just had to pick the book back up and finish it. It was worth losing sleep for.' Goodreads reviewer ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
  • Published: Aug 29 2013
  • 196 x 128mm
  • ISBN: 9780755378050
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Press Reviews

  • Daily Mail
    You'd be crazy not to read this book. Julia Crouch is an absolutely brilliant writer, sharp and compassionate and with a great gift for characterisation and comedy... The plot twists and turns until, as in the best whodunnits, almost everyone seems a possible suspect. A dramatic finale follows. Julia Crouch's low-key, intelligent, determinedly unprurient style is a welcome relief in a genre where the opposite dominates
  • Sunday Mirror
    This slow-burning psychological thriller is truly chilling and races to a creepy conclusion that's so genuinely scary you won't want to read it alone in the house
  • Telegraph
    Skilfully written and cleverly structured (Crouch is a meticulous plotter)Tarnished is a memorably disquieting story that twists brilliantly from its humdrum, kitchen-sink opening to a chilling, destructive ending
  • Cosmopolitan
    Twisty, unsettling but unforgettable
  • Lancashire Evening Post
    Tarnished, the third and undoubtedly best thriller so far from the pen of Julia Crouch, is a masterclass in menace, a slow-burning, psychological story of love, guilt and obsession which takes us into the deepest, darkest corners of the human mind....Crouch's chiller-thrillers are always so perfectly executed... terrifying, white-knuckle dramas unfold through beautifully honed and descriptive language, and without losing their excellent grip on time and place
  • Elizabeth Haynes, author of <i>Into the Darkest Corner </i>

    Tarnished starts off as heart-wrenching, moves quickly to intriguing and very soon after that becomes downright terrifying. You will not want to miss this book
  • Penny Hancock, author of <i>Tideline</i>

    Julia Crouch's latest, a wonderfully vibrant and witty psychological thriller, achieved the rare feat of making me laugh, and cry, and care about her characters; it kept me on tenterhooks to the very end