Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech @LouiseWriter @OrendaBooks #MustRead #BookReview #CallMeStar


A taut, emotive, devastating dark and all-consuming psychological thriller, reminiscent of Play Misty for Me … from the critically acclaimed author of Maria in the Moon and The Lion Tamer Who Lost…

WINNER of Best magazine’s BIG Book of the Year 2019


‘A complex and layered tale that charmed me as a much as it traumatised me. An atmospheric, haunting and beautifully written page-turner!’ C L Taylor

‘Noirish psychological thriller with fascinating, disturbing characters. Compelling, twisty, and seriously addictive. EXCELLENT’ Will Dean

‘As twisty and deadly as barbed wire, this book will leave you breathless’ Erin Kelly

Stirring up secrets can be deadly … especially if they’re yours…

Pregnant Victoria Valbon was brutally murdered in an alley three weeks ago – and her killer hasn’t been caught.

Tonight is Stella McKeever’s final radio show. The theme is secrets. You tell her yours, and she’ll share some of hers.

Stella might tell you about Tom, a boyfriend who likes to play games, about the mother who abandoned her, now back after fourteen years. She might tell you about the perfume bottle with the star-shaped stopper, or about her father …

What Stella really wants to know is more about the mysterious man calling the station … who says he knows who killed Victoria, and has proof.

Tonight is the night for secrets, and Stella wants to know everything…

With echoes of the Play Misty for Me, Call Me Star Girl is a taut, emotive and all-consuming psychological thriller that plays on our deepest fears, providing a stark reminder that stirring up dark secrets from the past can be deadly…


Call Me Star Girl


Eerily set on a late-night radio broadcast I felt that it was just me, Stella McKeever the radio presenter and a rather dedicated audience of weirdos, loners, and insomniacs listening to her ramblings and music. It is her last night on the show where regulars phone in requesting records from the past to be played like their minds are stuck in the grove of better times, but tonight Stella asks them to phone in with their secrets and for each one that does she will tell the listeners one of hers. She has acquired a new regular caller since a young woman was stabbed to death not far from the radio station three weeks before. He says he knows who killed the girl.

For the past twelve years Stella had grown up feeling like her life had holes in it but over the last few weeks answers to questions she had never even thought of were been given to her and it was like an overload that couldn’t be switched off, once she knew the answers she couldn’t undo them. A bit like taking a bite from the apple in the garden of Eden.

The setting made me edgy because if you have ever listened to a late-night radio show you know there is an intimacy about it that feels like the rest of the population has imploded. I lost count of the number of times I made sure the door was locked with a quick look in a gap in the curtains to confirm no-one was out there too. The story jumped back to the milestones that had remolded her life to present day with a building intensity that winded me. Each of Louise Beech’s books doesn’t just give the reader something they take a piece of you too when it ends. This is another unique story totally different from anything she has written before. Perfection!


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Louise Beech knew from being small that she wanted to write. She was a columnist for the Hull Daily Mail for ten years, and part of the Mums’ Army on BBC Radio Humberside for three. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice and being published in a variety of UK magazines. Her debut novel was a Guardian Readers’ Pick for 2015 and Maria in the Moon was a Must-Read in Prima, Red and the Sunday Express. Louise lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull – the UK’s 2017 City of Culture – and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012.


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