Whoop whoop!! Happy Easter everyone 🐣🐣 Not only is it the super long Easter Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK but I’m thrilled to be hosting the epicness that is the blog tour for Louise Beech’s latest novel Call Me Star Girl. My blog tour partner for today is Mart over at The Beardy Book Blogger so once you’re done here, head over and catch what he’s got to say!
Humongous thanks to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for having me on the blog tour and for my e-copy of Call Me Star Girl.
Tonight is the night for secrets…
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 twelve 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 chilling 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…
What Did I Think
Where to start with Louise Beech’s step into the dark world of psychological thrillers? As the story unfolded on my kindle, I could feel my chest tighten. Who had killed #poorpoorVictoria?? Who is the #babykiller?!
Having met Louise Beech, I imagined Stella’s dulcet tones to be not far off the author’s as the radio presenter clocks in for her final shift. And what a show it is she has to endure. Our Stella had planned a night of secrets, getting her late night listeners to share some of their skeletons in their cupboards. Little does she know what is in store.
Ms Beech really can write relationships in a special way and yet again she’s encompassed this theme into #StarGirl. Each of Stella’s relationships are unique. Being estranged from her mother for so long and for her to return to her life made for interesting reading. Her boyfriend Tom gave me the chills. I for one don’t like his sort of games. This instantly put me on edge with him. I couldn’t warm to him in the slightest.
As with Ms Beech’s other novels, this is a beautifully written novel but it’s all wrapped up in the darkness surrounding the mystery of who killed Victoria. What Ms Beech has written is a complex tale that kept me guessing all the way through and made me gasp several times as the truth gradually comes out of the darkness. Each time I venture into the author’s mind, I don’t know what to expect and Call Me Star Girl is no exception – I could not see the clear path of where Stella’s story was going. This is another cracking book in the library of Louise Beech’s writing.
Who Is Louise Beech?
Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. The follow-up, The Mountain in My Shoe was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Both of her previous books Maria in the Moon and The Lion Tamer Who Lost were widely reviewed, critically acclaimed and number-one bestsellers on Kindle. The Lion Tamer Who Lost was shortlisted for the RNA Most Popular Romantic Novel Award in 2019. 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. Louise lives with her husband on the outskirts of Hull, and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012.