Exquisite – Sarah Stovell

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.

My Review: Oh My!  Where do I begin?  Firstly I apologise as I don’t think my ramblings will give this book half the credit it deserves and as I am not a writer myself I am finding it difficult to put my emotions and thoughts down coherently.  However I will give it a go.

Bo Luxton is a successful author, married with a two young daughters and living a life of harmony in the Lake District.  Alice Dark is a young aspiring writer without much direction in her life and meets Bo on a Creative Writing course.  Almost instantly you can feel the connections both intellectually and physically grow between these women which escalates into a very dark, intense relationship.

This is a very tense and beautifully crafted psychological thriller which keeps the reader captivated until the final page.  Each chapter, whether it was Bo’s or Alice’s narrative, kept me gripped and holding my breath.  I absolutely adored this book and wish it every success it deserves and highly recommend it to all lovers of intelligent psychological thrillers.

About the Author: Sarah Stovell was born in 1977 and spent most of her life in the Home Counties before a season working in a remote North Yorkshire youth hostel made her realise she was a northerner at heart. She now lives in Northumberland with her partner and two children and is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Lincoln University. Her debut psychological thriller, Exquisite, is set in the Lake District.

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