Thank you so much to Orenda Books for providing my free copy – all opinions are my own.
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 looked at her. I’d been speaking to this woman for less than half an hour, and in that time, it felt as though she stripped off my skin and seen right to the very heart of me. It was exhilarating, in a way. And frightening.”
This was our inaugural pick for the @blackheartreads book club and I loved it! I really enjoyed Stovell’s writing style as she seamlessly writes the conflicting, razor sharp tension and romance between our two main characters. She keeps the reader on her toes, sometimes alternating chapters between characters, sometimes not. Furthermore, she has divided the novel into distinct parts and each part is unique, creating a very compelling and fast read.
Stovell is a master at creating doubt – for much of the book I was torn between who I thought was telling the truth and who was being dishonest. This is the very definition of psychological thriller – it will mess with your head and you will flip through the pages to see if you’re right or wrong.
Overall, I thought Exquisite was addictive, compelling, and tense – everything I love in a thriller. I enjoyed every page and would definitely read another book written by Sarah Stovell.
I rate this book 5 / 5 stars!