Julie Parsons was born in New Zealand but has lived in Ireland for most of her adult life. She was a radio and TV producer with RTE until her first novel, Mary, Mary was published in 1998. It was a critical and commercial success and translated into many languages. She followed it up with The Courtship Gift (1999), Eager to Please (2001), The Guilty Heart (2003), The Hourglass (2005) and I Saw You (2007). Her most recent novel The Therapy House (2017) won the Crime Fiction Book of the Year Award at the Irish Book Awards 2017.