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
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.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full 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
Publication date: 01/06/2017
Publisher: Orenda Books
|Publication date:||1st June 2017|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Books of the Year 2017, Reader Reviewed Books, Family Drama, Reading Groups, Relationship Stories, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Thriller / suspense, Adult & contemporary romance,|
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. Click here to read a Q & A with the author.More About Sarah Stovell