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A beautifully powerful read that sits in darkness, not an all-consuming menacing murk, but one with pinpricks of light that can be found and felt if you open yourself to the discovery. Stella McKeever is working on her final radio show, she is encouraging listeners to divulge their secrets and waiting another call from a man who claims he knows who murdered the pregnant woman in the city three weeks previously, but should some secrets stay secret? There are times when I think it might be slightly distracting to label a book with one specific genre and for me this is one of them. I know Call Me Star Girl is a psychological thriller, it certainly does thrill, it also made me feel a whole host of other emotions too. Louise Beech excels in writing about people, at their very best, very worst, and everything in between, so I’d rather not pop this book into a pigeon hole but let it fly. Each chapter is headed by a name, and either ‘then’, ‘now’ or ‘with’. I quickly settled into the story while getting to know the characters, they became entirely real to me as I explored the how and why of who they were. While suspicion cut through my thoughts, unexpected slices of deep, aching surprise were served, and there is one particular moment that will stay with me for a very long time. Call Me Star Girl explored my feelings, touched my heart, and is one of my picks of the month, it is a truly glorious read.
Pregnant Victoria Valbon was brutally murdered in an alley three weeks ago – and the killer hasn’t been caught.
Tonight is Stella McKeever’s final radio show. The theme is secrets. She wants yours, and in exchange she will share some of hers. The ones she knows. But she doesn’t know everything.
Why has Stella’s mother, Elizabeth, finally returned fourteen years after leaving her with a neighbour? Is Stella’s new love, Tom, a man who likes to play games, exciting … or dangerous?
And who is the mysterious man calling the radio station to say he knows who killed Victoria? Tonight Stella’s final show may reveal the biggest secret of all…
With echoes of the chilling Play Misty for Me, Call Me Star Girl is a taut, emotive and all-consuming psychological thriller that plays on our deepest fears, providing a stark reminder that stirring up dark secrets from the past can be deadly…
Closing date: 11/07/2019
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.
One of the most original storylines I have ever read, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, if you're familiar with Louise Beech you'll know she writes from the heart and if you're not, it's time to acquaint yourself with a terrific and emotive author! Full review
A tense thriller set during a late night radio show where the host encourages the listeners to share their secrets, while disclosing a few of her own. Full review
Superb thriller keeps you on the edge of your seat! Full review
Louise Beech has nailed it again. With themes of abandonment, obsession and deep, dark secrets Call Me Star Girl is a truly compulsive read. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Full review
‘A stirring novel, beautifully written, reminiscent of the early work of Maggie O’Farrell’ Irish Times
‘Quirky, darkly comic, heartfelt and original’ Sunday Mirror
‘This achingly sad story has wonderful characters, including the spiky, sweary Catherine’ Sunday People
‘A beautiful and compassionate read’ Prima
‘Fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine will love it’ Red
‘A devastating, tender and powerful love story, beautifully and bravely told. You will lose your heart to this book. I adored it’ Miranda Dickinson
‘A heart breaking yet ultimately uplifting tale’ Good Housekeeping
Publication date: 18/04/2019
Publisher: Orenda Books
|Publication date:||18th April 2019|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Family Drama, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Star Books, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. The sequel, The Mountain in My Shoe, was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Maria in the Moon was compared to Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, and widely reviewed. All three books have been number one on Kindle, Audible and Kobo in USA/UK/AU. She regularly writes travel pieces for the Hull Daily Mail, where she was a columnist for ten years. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, ...More About Louise Beech