Exquisite by Sarah Stovell @Sarahlovescrime @OrendaBooks @annecater #blogtour

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.

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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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  19 comments for “Exquisite by Sarah Stovell @Sarahlovescrime @OrendaBooks @annecater #blogtour

  1. June 4, 2017 at 9:56 am

    “Exquisite” review of this book. Another one for my groaning TBR list.

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  2. June 4, 2017 at 10:18 am

    This is such a well written novel, I imagine it will be a real success when it is published!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. June 4, 2017 at 11:17 am

    The writing, the plot, everything in this book is perfect and so beautifully dark!

    Liked by 2 people

    • June 4, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      I don’t think I’d go as far as calling it perfect but it is amazingly well written.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. June 4, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Great review! There are a handful of books that I’m tempted to order from Book Depository. This is one of them. I’m not so sure I can wait for the US release 😕

    Liked by 1 person

  5. June 4, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    I’ve heard SO many good things about this book and it seems the high rating streak continues! I really need to get this book! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 7, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      I’ve not seen a single bad review for this one yet. Then again, that seems to be the norm where Orenda books are concerned 😄

      Liked by 1 person

  6. June 5, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Oh you you ladies really need to stop reminding of how bad I need to get a hold of this!

    Liked by 1 person

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