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Call Me Star Girl Reader Reviews

Call Me Star Girl

Miriam Smith

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. What Stella really wants to know, is more about the mysterious man calling the station … who says he knows who killed Victoria, and has proof.

The author has a wonderful way of involving all of her excellent characters into the story from the main protagonists to even the fringe players and she really cares about how they are portrayed. I particularly liked reading Elizabeth's story as she recounted how she left Stella as a young child and most interestingly her involvement in recent events.

The plot slowly builds up the tension to a dramatic and emotional conclusion that is both creepy and edgy with some very definite disquieting undercurrents.
A tale of obsessive, desperate and selfish love when one's needs overpower all sensibility and when you would do anything to prove your love is absolute, proving just how deadly dark secrets can be!

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!

5 stars

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Emma Barton

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. The setting is original and adds to the tension, helping to build up to a dramatic conclusion.

Catherine Bryce

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. I can say I definitely wasn't.

S. Harper

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.

Louise Beech has absolutely nailed it with Call Me Star Girl. Yet again she uses her outstanding writing skills and perfect turn of phrase to explore the depths of love but this is not like The Lion Tamer Who Lost in which the all-encompassing, powerful and yet forbidden love moved me to tears. Call Me Star Girl delves into the darker side of love, its intense, obsessive and selfish side. Stella’s life has been shaped by the love she felt for her dismissive mother whose life revolved around her many suitors, until she lost interest in each in turn. Stella’s desire to avoid boring her mother at all costs has made her the adult she is today, afraid of losing Tom and the fierce love they have, afraid of ever being boring. It didn’t work with her mother, she abandoned Stella any way, leaving only the bottle of star perfume behind but it has to work with Tom. Her gut feelings, premonitions almost, tell her that it must. He is her true twin-flame. When Stella’s mother comes back into her life we learn what really happened in the past, just how far a mother will go to make amends with the daughter she deserted and how hard she will strive to be a better mother. The brutal and yet somehow tender murder of local girl Victoria Valbon has an impact on them all; it ties them all together but how? It’s Stella’s final night at the local radio station where she works. Her show is full of deep, dark secrets and tonight, no matter how destructive, they will all come out. As the minutes tick by, the tension builds. Stella’s premonitions increase and fear grips like a vice but Stella is not afraid. She knows exactly what she is doing and soon, so will everyone else.

Veering from heart wrenching to truly terrifying, Louise Beech masterfully teases out the story and takes us on a journey where we wholeheartedly suspect each character in turn and don’t, even for a second, expect the ending. 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.

Alison Bisping

A very good psychological thriller that kept me turning the pages.

This had me hooked from the first page to the last page. Each chapter relates to one character, moving from the past to the present - very well done. There are secrets and gradually they are revealed, after having hints, twists and turns. It starts with a brutal murder, there is a new boyfriend - is he all that he seems - and a mother who reappears after abandoning her daughter, Stella, so she could be with the man she loved. Well woven together.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912374632
Publication date: 18th April 2019
Author: Louise Beech
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 300 pages
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,