#BookReview Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech
My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩
Publisher: Orenda Books
Available: 18 April 2019
Genre: Crime / Fiction / Thriller
Tonight is the night for secrets…
A taut, emotive and all-consuming psychological thriller, reminiscent of Play Misty for Me … from the critically acclaimed author of Maria in the Moon and The Lion Tamer Who Lost…
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.
Stella might tell you about Tom, a boyfriend who likes to play games, about the mother who abandoned her, now back after fourteen years. She might tell you about the perfume bottle with the star-shaped stopper, or about her father …
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.
Tonight is the night for secrets, and Stella wants to know everything…
With echoes of the 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…
When I picked this book up this morning, I wasn’t intending to read as much as I did, thinking that I would read a few chapters bit by bit through the day. The next thing I knew, I was at the very surprising conclusion and closing the book, realising how long I had left my Daughter to nap.
It was meant to be a power-nap. I now have a wide awake 3yo, and I don’t even mind, because I loved every single page of this book!
Having read and adored The Lion Tamer Who Lost, I wasn’t certain what to expect with the Genre change, Romantic storyline to Crime is a BIG change that rarely goes well. That being said, with how powerful the previous book was I knew it would be good, and good it was. Jaw droppingly, gut wrenchingly, and addictively good.
I love how this Author managed to make you feel about every Character in her story, there are no Characters you don’t care about, yourself invested in them all, glued to the actions and reactions that flow through the story. The plot has you hooked, reeling you in time and again. Oh, you wanted a day to iron…? Nah, you need to read this. Who needs smartly pressed clothes anyway 😂
The writing style seems relaxed and calm, and it is, kind of. In a style that’s easy to read, Louise weaves a tale that you can read quickly whilst sitting calmly, a nice cup of tea, sandwiches… but your heart is doing the Samba and your mind is reeling from the story’s changes of direction.
I really hope that Louise writes more Crime/Thriller style books, and SOON! This was brilliantly done, and the alternating perspectives gave a very different take on the story being told, giving more insights into the people we meet along the way.
The opening and following story is so unique, very cleverly handled, and scarily believable! Once again, Louise has managed to create a story that leaves a powerful and lasting impression, I finished the book several hours ago and can’t stop thinking about my favourite scenes! This is definitely one I will be recommending, and reading again very soon!
About The Author:
Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Reader’s Choice in 2015. The sequel, The Mountain in My Shoe was shortlisted for the Not the Booker Prize. Her third book, Maria in the Moon was widely reviewed and critically acclaimed. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice. Louise is currently writing her next book. She lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull – the UK’s 2017 City of Culture – and loves her job as Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012.
Follow Louise on Twitter @LouiseWriter and visit her website: louisebeech.co.uk.