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Call Me Star Girl

"A surprising, achingly tense and glorious story - a Liz Robinson pick of the month."

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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.

Liz Robinson

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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!

I love Louise Beech's style of writing and her very beautiful storylines that she has written previously to this, her first venture into psychological crime fiction. It certainly shouldn't be her last, I wholeheartedly adored this book Call Me Star Girl and highly recommend it.

Atmospheric, haunting and very intriguing, there is just the right amount of plot twists to keep you turning the pages and I was emotionally wrung out by the time we finally reached the fantastic ending.

Pregnant Victoria Valbon was brutally murdered in an alley three weeks ago – and her killer hasn’t been caught. Tonight is Stella McKeever’s final radio show. The theme is secrets. You tell her yours, and she’ll share some of hers.

Miriam Smith

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.

This is a tense thriller which unfolds during a late night radio show hosted by the protagonist Stella. Through flashbacks, we learn about Stella's childhood and current relationship with Tom. Abandoned by her mother when she was twelve years old, and never knowing her father Stella has always carried a star shaped perfume bottle with her everywhere she goes. It belonged to her mother and reminds Stella of her; she also later discovers that it was a gift from her father and belonged to his mother.
There are a lot of twists and turns towards the end of the book and although I wanted to finish the story and find out the ending, I did find some parts slightly out of genre and ridiculous.

Emma Barton

Superb thriller keeps you on the edge of your seat!

This is one of those great books that comes along once in a while and really grabs your attention from beginning to end. It's a real page turner!

Stella will keep you enthralled as the start of the book with her sitting in her radio station alone in the early hours thinking of the murder that had just taken place nearby while on a quiet phone chat it. I won't go further with a spoiler but when Tom her boyfriend appears the story goes from great to fantastic.

This thriller is a must read covering various genres and the reader won't be disappointed.

Catherine Bryce