Exquisite by Sarah Stovell #BlogTour @OrendaBooks

I’m thrilled to be a stop on the blog tour today for the debut novel by Sarah Stovell, Exquisite.

About this 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.

My review…

I wanted to read this book before I had even read the blurb for it, that cover just blew me away!! It enticed me inside with it’s dark sensuality and once I was in there, it seduced me entirely with it’s unrelenting ambiguity until I was dizzy with self conflict. Who should I believe? Who did I WANT to believe? Both women confused me but they also enthralled me and I became slightly obsessed by their relationship as I watched it develop with an horrific fascination.

This has to be one of the best psychological thrillers I have read this year. I was on edge the entire time I was reading it and I got that little pain in my neck that I always get when my blood pressure is raised! It never fails to amaze me that A BOOK can make such major chances to my body chemistry! But as soon as Bo and Alice meet there is a visible chemistry between them that comes across in waves undulating off the page and you can’t tear your eyes away from them. Both women are very different in personality but seem to have found what both of them need in the other. It’s obvious that this is going to be leading down a curving path of self destruction for one of them, or possibly both, but once they start on that journey there is no turning back. It’s also obvious that not all is as it seems. Are both of the accounts we are reading true? If not then one of these women is a seriously unhinged manipulator but which one? 

Exquisite is a perfectly named book and a must read for lovers of dark psychological fiction. Buy, enjoy and reflect-it’s as easy as that!

Exquisite was published by Orenda Books on 15th May 2017 and is available to purchase now.

Meet 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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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

4 thoughts on “Exquisite by Sarah Stovell #BlogTour @OrendaBooks”

  1. One of the best reviews I’ve read really. I’ve read this novel too (my review is still to come) but this one gives a really good description of what you can expect of the novel and what it’s about, it’s not too vague and it’s not giving away too much!

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    1. Oh thank you!!! I was so worried about this one as I want to entice everyone to read it but not give too much away!! I adored this book and it’s definitely shot into my top books of 2017 so far! 😊😊

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  2. Great review! I’ve been hearing such great things about this novel that I guess I just HAVE TO add it to my TBR.

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