When I first saw this cover I knew I had to find out more about the book. Then after I read the blurb I knew I had to read it so today I'm delighted to be one of two stops on the blog tour for Exquisite by Sarah Stovell.
Bo Luxton is a successful author, seemingly living the dream with her husband and two young daughters in a beautiful house in the Lake District. When she is reading through applications for a writing retreat that she's planning one piece of writing stands out for her and she instantly knows that the writer is someone that she wants to meet.
Alice Dark lives in Brighton, flitting between her own bedsit and that of her idle artist boyfriend Jake. The two women couldn't be more different but when they meet they immediately hit it off and a friendship develops but things soon begin to turn ugly.
Told from the points of view of both Alice and Bo, both characters are unreliable and damaged in their own ways by their past and I found it difficult to like either of them. This would normally put me off but Sarah Stovell has written them both in such a way that while I didn't fully warm to either of them I could understand what drove them to their actions.
You might be thinking that I didn't like this book but you couldn't be more wrong. I absolutely loved it. It's disturbingly dark, full of tension, extremely compelling and so beautifully written and unique. I'm not going to say anything else for fear of spoiling anything for anyone but what I will say is that I think that Exquisite is an absolute must read book for fans of psychological thrillers and I can't recommend it highly enough!
You can follow the rest of the blog tour on these fabulous blogs.
With kind thanks to Orenda Books for the review copy and to Anne Cater for the blog tour invitation.