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    Exquisite debut

    The cover to this debut from Sarah Stovell is as the title says exquisite – when I saw a screen shot of it some months ago on Twitter, I loved it!! Dark and sensual!! And then I found out it was a psychological thriller and Orenda Books had signed this new author, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy of it!! The story jumps between someone serving time in a Yorkshire womens’ prison and the events leading up to this woman’s incarceration – there are limited clues as to who our prisoner is but that is part of this book’s charm. You don’t know who it is, and for me, I kept switching between my suspects as the story unfolded – both of the leading ladies became unreliable and culpable in my eyes. At one point I thought I knew what was going on, only to be proved wrong by the author’s clever writing – she led me up that notorious garden path, blindsiding me as I went. I love that in a book!! The author’s writing style is compelling, I was totally drawn in to Alice and Bo’s surroundings and kept there. I found the book an uncomplicated read but it well and truly captured my attention. Everything about this book is exquisite – the title for it is perfect!! If you love your twisty turny psychological thrillers, Exquisite is definitely one you need to read! Huge thanks to Orenda Books and Anne Cater for my copy of Exquisite. Sarah Stovell is definitely someone to watch if Exquisite is anything to go by.
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    Exquisite

    A very good read and thought provoking. I could envisage this happening in real life, the way in which peoples ideas and actions can be manipulated by others.
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    Exquisite

    Really enjoyed this book, well written and very developed characters. For awhile I thought the plot was going to be predictable but was pleasantly surprised it was quite different to what I thought. Always looked forward to picking up the storyline which is a good indication of a book well worth reading which this one most definitely is!!.
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    So enjoyable!

    “Exquisite” by name “Exquisite” by nature! I found this brilliant book to be utterly outstanding and so aptly named! I LOVED this compelling, addictive and totally gripping story and although I try not to use the word ‘unputdownable’, for me it truly was. This dark story of obsessive and warped love is told from the alternating point of view of the two main female characters, Alice Dark, a twenty five year old aspiring writer and Bo Luxton, a forty year old and married established author who befriends Alice at a writing course she is teaching at. In between these points of views we hear the thoughts from a prisoner in a women’s prison - we don’t know which one of the women it is and it isn’t revealed until the end of the story who is actually expressing their innermost feelings and why they are there. Watching Alice and Bo’s relationship develop really was thrilling and the suggestion that trouble was brewing and along with not knowing who to trust and who to believe, only added to the smouldering tension and suspense. I also enjoyed the way the women's emails were used to help tell the story. Both characters were dangerous, devious and typical of the saying ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’ - it’s very difficult to side with either woman and with a couple of twists and turns along the way this book was the ideal psychological thriller to keep you glued to the pages. A perfect balance between character development and plot line, beautifully told with some fabulous narrative, an idyllic atmospheric setting of the Lake District fells and valleys and with an excellent suspenseful storyline, “Exquisite” written by Sarah Stovell is a fantastically written book that I most highly recommend. You have got to read this if you can. I could quite easily revisit this story again and I would be very interested to see if the story could develop further still. Easily five stars and then some.
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