Exquisite Sarah Stovell

41Alswzs2eL._AC_US218_Pub: Orenda Books

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?

Exquisite is alarming, not only in it’s tale but also in it’s uniqueness and realistic plot.

Bo and Alice meet at a writers convention. Bo is an acclaimed writer and Alice is pleased when Bo seems to take her under her wing and mentor her.

This friendship turns into a highly twisted tale of  mental manipulation, violence and lust.

All is not as it seems and the switch of Bo’s and Alice’s account is a twisty and terrifying narrative of fandom, obsession and stalking.

It grips from the start and life for both women implodes in a momentous finale.

Bo’s rich, entitled and perfect life and Alice, who has nothing but spirit, are perfectly characterised.

Stovell’s psychological debut is absolutely brilliant and is a shining star. I quite honestly have never before read such a thrilling and nerve-shredding read.  I have a feeling this one is going to be one of the most talked about books this year.

A must read and one you won’t be able to put down.

5*/5

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