Description 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?
Firstly I would like to thank the author Sarah Stovell, Orenda books and blog tour organiser Anne Cater for the ARC copy of this book in return for an honest review.
First things first. I loved Esquiste. Clever, original and unnerving in its plausability, it’s sure to be one of this years must read books!
Why did I love it so much? There were several reasons!
The strength of the plotline, which was beautifully balanced, it gave a strong voice to both female protagonists. Added to this the writer made her two main characters, clever, intelligent and complex women. Not for Bo and Alice supporting roles in a male dominated drama, they were front and centre and that is still the exception, rather than the norm in modern fiction.
On top of this, the story gripped me within a few pages and held me in its thrall right to the very last page. Cleverly the story was told alternatively from Bo and Alice’s point of view. Each seeing events from a slightly different perspective and this left me flipping back and forward, continuously changing my mind about who was engaging in sinister games within their rapidly developing relationship. The writer had me so tied in knots that at one point, I conjured up a character in my mind, who never even emerged in the novel.
The quality of the writing within Exquisite is top notch. It’s a twisted and taunt storyline, making it a must read book! Without a doubt this is another author added to my list of automatic purchases when she releases her next novel.
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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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