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.
Wow, what can I say about Exquisite? Exquisite is Sarah Stovell’s debut novel. It definitely has to be up there among the best books I’ve read this year. Tense, and claustrophobic in places, Exquisite, I’m sure will be one of the biggest hits of the summer, if you’re a fan of psychological thrillers, this one needs to be on your reading list.
Bo Luxton is a famous writer who lives with her husband and two children in the Lake District. She has everything that a lot of people dream of. Enter Alice Dark. When Alice applies to go on a writing course that Bo is teaching she thinks she doesn’t stand a chance of being accepted. But when Bo reads her work she sees huge potential and offers Alice a place on the course free of charge. Alice is ecstatic. Here is someone who sees potential in her. But when she arrives at the course a serious friendship begins to develop between her and Bo which ultimately turns into something more and soon passion overrides friendship.
Exquisite is definitely one of those books that you don’t want to end. When you become so engrossed in the story and the characters you don’t want to turn the final page. The novel is told from the perspective of both women, and it was great to see each character painted in a different light through the different views of both characters. At different points in the novel we know that someone is in prison but we don’t know who. This is one of the main driving forces in the novel that keeps you guessing. What happens to these two women? Who ends up in prison?
Sarah also creates interesting back stories for her characters, particularly Bo. I don’t want to say too much about this as I don’t want to spoil the story for readers. There were times when I thought I knew where the novel was going, but I didn’t get anywhere close. Sarah delivers a really chilling ending.
Exquisite has to be one of the best books I’ve read this year. It has a captivating plot, storyline and characters that will keep you gripped. Five stars from me! Thank you to Anne Cater and Orenda books for sending me a copy to review.
Publication date: 15th June 2017
Print length: 250 pages
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