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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Review: Exquisite by Sarah Stovell @orendabooks @sarahlovescrime

Exquisite by Sarah Stovell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Orenda Books

Thank you to Orenda Books for this copy in return for my honest review.  Stay tuned to see what the other members of #cjsreads thought of this one.  Psychological suspense with an unreliable narrator at its best!

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 Review:

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.


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