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One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | June 2017 Book of the Month.

Wow! This is a cracking psychological thriller. Told in first person from two different viewpoints it causes you to question the reliability of both women. Smart, sensitive, talented Bo, always mothering, always looking to save someone and Alice, young, damaged and a drifter. The two meet at a writers retreat and a spark sets off an unexpected chain of events that will change the lives of both women. Alice is in awe of the successful author and in turn something in Alice’s writing captures Bo’s attention. The two embark on an intense, complex relationship which soon becomes obsessive and destructive. I was completely swept up in the brilliance of Sarah’s carefully constructed plot that had me constantly questioning the outcome and eagerly turning the page. The beautifully atmospheric setting of the Lake District and bustling, bohemian Brighton echo the different characters at the heart of this story. It was a chilling read, expertly crafted and difficult to put down. ~ Shelley Fallows

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Reader Reviews

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  • Catherine Bryce - 'A terrific psychological relationship between two people which allows the reader to feel they are part of the story and keep the reader on the edge of their seat from the very start.'
  • Sandra Bishop - 'A fabulous, brilliantly woven tale with a stunning climax which keeps you thinking about all you have read long after the final page has turned.'
  • Cheryl Kinney - 'A gripping and unique debut.'
  • Nicola Kingswell - 'An Exquisite psychological page turner of a thriller...An absolutely brilliant read.'
  • Robin Little - 'Exquisite is a real page turner with short punchy chapters taking the story forward quickly as the relationship lurches forward.'
  • Kerry Bridges - 'A well written novel with some interesting (and very worrying) ideas.'
  • Julie Bertschin - 'This story is cleverly written from both perspectives of Bo and Alice and we as readers are left on tenterhooks to find out who is telling the truth.  An intriguing read!'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Only in the final chapters does Exquisite truly command the title of thriller – prior to then it was just a mediocre story of love and life.'
  • Fiona Rothery - 'Exquisite is an outstanding debut psychological thriller, I couldn’t put it down...original and very cleverly written with a plot that keeps you wondering what is true and what is fantasy.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'A thriller that will have you looking at your friends in a new light, have you wondering just how far some friendships will test your loyalty, and how much you really know about someone...'
  • Jennifer Vince - 'I love thrillers and mystery novels however I am sorry to say that I could not connect with 'Exquisite'...it was just not for me.'
  • Janet Gilliard - 'This is a well written psychological thriller which I enjoyed.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'I started this book and did not put it down until the breath-taking end. I am really hoping this book will have a sequel as this was amazing and very cleverly written. Absolutely awesome!'

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Synopsis

Exquisite by Sarah Stovell

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.

Reviews

‘A perfect literary thriller and a moving, gripping story told in beautiful prose. The twists keep coming until the very last page. I loved this book’ Erin Kelly

‘Whip smart, lushly written and truly page-turning. I loved Exquisite from the misleading simplicity of the premise, right down through all the dark depths of the she said/she said narrative. Sarah Stovell is a thrilling talent’ Holly Seddon

‘A powerful and assured debut. Slickly claustrophobic and delicately wrought, this arch story of obsessive forbidden love taken to the extreme will have you squirming in your seat even as you are driving to the next page. A must-read for 2017’ Sarah Pinborough

About the Author

Sarah Stovell

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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Publication date

1st June 2017

Author

Sarah Stovell

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Publisher

Orenda Books

Format

Paperback
250 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Books of the Month
Books of the Year 2017
Family Drama
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Thriller / suspense
Adult & contemporary romance

ISBN

9781910633748

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