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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

#allthebookreviews: Exquisite by Sarah Stovell @sarahlovescrime @orendabooks

by Sarah Stovell
Orenda Books

A psychological thriller with the most unreliable narrator - see why Jessica and I loved Exquisite!

Big thank you to Orenda Books for our copies in return for our honest reviews.

Goodreads Synopsis:

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 Thoughts: 

Bo Luxton is a famous writer with a husband and two daughters at home. She holds a writers retreat where she mentors up and coming writers such as Alice Dark. They have an instant chemistry and keeping in touch afterwards, begin a frightening relationship.

I really can't say too much without giving anything away because this book is saturated with every single piece a build up over the course of Alice and Bo's relationship. The writing style is, dare I say, exquisite! ;) A tale of obsession, dark love, manipulation... you're really kept guessing. Just when I thought I had the answers, it would flip back in the opposite direction. I didn't feel there was any big twist or was as shocking as the hype led me to believe (thus why I try very hard NOT to read reviews before I read a book). More suspense and psychological foreplay than a thriller in any sense, about 40% in I did NOT want to put it down. I needed to know what was going on and if Alice, Bo, or even if it was me, that was crazy! Over all, writing style > plot. The author is a genius in how the story unfolded and the way she spoon feeds it to us readers.

If you like psychological suspense with an unreliable narrator, this is a must read. The mind and what you can convince yourself of is quite fascinating and can lead you down a dark, frightening path with no return. Take a chance and follow this one.


Jessica's Thoughts:

You know those books that are so crazy and thrilling that you can't give away details without giving way all of the twists? Well, EXQUISITE by Sarah Stovell is one of those great psychological thrillers. 

Bo Luxton is a best selling author with an adoring husband and two daughters. Bo hosts retreats for up and coming writers - so she can help mentor them. One of these writers is Alice Dark, an aspiring writer with a less than ideal life. Bo and Alice have instant chemistry and continue to stay in touch after the retreat has ended. A terrifying relationship begins. 

This is where I can't really continue to reveal more of the plot without giving away any important events and twists. This book is all about the sinister sides of love - obsession and manipulation - throughout the progression of Bo and Alice's relationship. I loved Stovell's writing. This book was very tense to read, I didn't want to put it down. This book didn't have one huge shocking twist at the end like a lot of thrillers do, but it does keep you guessing the entire time. Stovell had me doubting myself and the characters the entire time! 

If you like thrillers with an unreliable narrator and want to be constantly questioning  the characters and even yourself, then this is the one for you! Overall, I loved Stovell's writing style! The alternating perspectives between Bo and Alice were great and both women were incredibly well-developed.

I give this one 4/5 stars!

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