Blog Tour: Exquisite by Sarah Stovell

I’m delighted to co-host today’s stop on the blog tour for Exquisite by Sarah Stovell and excited to bring you my review of the book that everyone’s talking about.  Do be sure to hop over to the blog of my co-host, A Reading Corner as well.

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ExquisiteAbout the Book

Bo Luxton has it all—a loving family, a beautiful home in the Lake District, and a clutch of bestselling books to her name. Enter Alice Dark, an aspiring writer who is drifting through life, with a series of dead-end jobs and a freeloading boyfriend. When they meet at a writers’ retreat, the chemistry is instant, and a sinister relationship develops. Or does it? Breathlessly pacey, taut and terrifying, Exquisite is a startlingly original and unbalancing psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last page.

Format: Paperback Publisher: Orenda Books Pages: 250
Publication: 15th June 2017 Genre: Mystery, Thriller

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My Review

What do you get when you bring together two writers – Bo, previously successful but in need of new inspiration and Alice, looking for her first literary success? Stories, that’s what. But how much of what they say and do is truth and how much is fiction? Do they even know the difference?  ‘That was how I remembered it, and that was how it was.’

What do you get when you bring together two women with traumatic childhoods, each in relationships with men that seem to be going nowhere and that make them feel unfulfilled, inhibited and disappointed? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out as I’m not going to spoil it for you by saying much more.

As well as the twisty, ‘what just happened there?’ plot, I enjoyed the beautifully described setting of the Lake District and the sense of nature and the outdoors having the ability to cleanse and restore. However, perhaps there’s only so much nature can do… I also loved the idea of the compulsion to write, to create stories as being something so deep within the psyche of both women that they might go to any lengths to fulfil it.  But does an author’s writing truly reflect their character?

‘I envied the writer that lyrical beauty.  Bo Luxton must be lovely, I thought.  Only someone angelic at the core could write those sentences.’

Exquisite is the sort of book that plays with your mind and just when you think you’ve worked out what’s what, something else comes along that makes you consider everything you’ve read in a completely new light. If that sounds like your cup of tea, then grab a comfy chair and be prepared to lose yourself for a couple of hours.

I received an advance reader copy courtesy of publishers, Orenda Books, in return for an honest review.   (Or did I in fact make up everything in this review just to be popular?)

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In three words: Suspenseful, twisty, unsettling

Try something similar…Her Perfect Life by Sam Hepburn (click here to read my review)


SarahStovellAbout the Author

Sarah Stovell was born in 1977 and spent most of her life in the Home Counties before a season working in a remote North Yorkshire youth hostel made her realise she was a northerner at heart. She now lives in Northumberland with her partner and two children and is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Lincoln University. Her debut psychological thriller, Exquisite, is set in the Lake District.

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