Delighted to be hosting a stop on the Exquisite blog tour today! Many thanks to Karen at Orenda and Anne Cater for my advanced copy and the blog tour invitation!
Author : Sarah Stovell
Pages : 300 pages
Publisher : Orenda Books
Publication date : June 1, 2017
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?
Sometimes the psychological thriller and suspense genre leaves me sighing in disappointment and vowing to leave it behind in favour of other genres. And then, something like this comes along and my faith is restored.
It’s very hard to write a review about Exquisite without giving anything away. Suffice to say the plot thickens when Bo and Alice meet and life will never be the same again.
Bo and Alice are both incredibly unlikeable characters, one more so than the other, each with their own share of flaws and baggage. Sometimes unlikeable characters completely put me off as I tend to have this need to be able to connect somehow. Not this time though and it’s all due to the author, as at times it almost felt like she put a spell on me.
There is something quite, wait for it, exquisite (you knew that was coming at some point, didn’t you?) about Sarah Stovell’s writing. Almost magical, it carries you away to lands unknown like a balloon caught up in a gentle breeze in summer and it’s absolutely and blissfully mesmerising.
Exquisite is a novel with all the ingredients of a domestic noir, and yet different. Even when I thought I knew what was going on, nothing would have stopped me from continuing this almost lyrical novel. And that is what makes it stand out from the crowd.
Exquisite is available now.
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.