Exquisite by Sarah Stovell #Blog Tour @Orendabooks @Sarahlovescrime

Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater and Orenda Books for inviting me to be part of this Blog Tour For Exquisite by 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.



I will be honest I knew absolutely nothing about this story or where it would lead me until I read the first couple of chapters and got the feel of it. It was the cover that had attracted me. The lone house surrounded by dark and I wasn’t sure which one made me feel safe the shadow or the light.

The story begins present day inside a women’s prison in Yorkshire and an inmate playing her part for early release. A crime has obviously happened some months previously but not in this lady’s mind. Nothing had happened in this story so far except a glimpse into one woman’s thoughts but I knew I didn’t want to go in there again. There was a festering that felt like it wanted it’s freedom more than her.

Oh wow, a writer’s retreat I can just imagine how giddy I would have been to be there. Alice Dark had made nothing of her 25 years so far but she had grown an intense desire to write , a compulsion that she had to follow and one that was granted. From all the entries for this limited numbered course Alice’s short story had stood out amongst the ‘wanna be and not a chances’. Bo Luxton, best selling author, would head this now regular event with herself being intrigued and excited by Alice Dark, this Rough Diamond that could one day become a real gem.

Just loved this story that I simply can’t tell any more of because you have to discover it all yourself. It is just one of those books where one word too much could ruin it for a reader. The chapters are short but don’t think for a minute that any one would be a good place to stop because that won’t happen until the end.  Sarah Stovell was like a gardener that had planted seeds in my mind and left me to weed out between the truth and the lies. A superb book.

I wish to thank Anne Cater and Orenda Books for this ARC which I have chosen to review.



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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