Book Review: Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech

April 23, 2019 Blog Tour, Book review 0 ★★★★½

Two things to note for starters before I start my review for Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech.

  1. I can’t read blog tour dates as I was meant to be this blog tour last Mon, but I took the date down wrong. I’m so sorry Orenda Books and Louise Beech. Call me Idiot Girl!
  2. There is a giveaway for this book on my Facebook Page. So after I’ve dazzled you all with my love for this book, why not hop over and enter.

Thanks to Orenda for giving me for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.

Book Review: Call Me Star Girl by Louise BeechCall Me Star Girl by Louise Beech
Published by Orenda on April 18, 2019
Pages: 300
Format: eARC
Source: Blog Tour

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…

!@#$ ARC REVIEW CRIME Page-Turner suspense

First Line of Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech

“Before they found the girl in the alley, I found a book in the foyer at work”

My thoughts on Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech

Right from that first line I was hooked by this very unique book. It started with a startling sentence. And continued very much in that frame which kept me absorbed and guessing for the entirety.

I had seen reviews for this author’s books before and even own one of her back titles The Lion Tamer Who Lost. A friend had told me it was her favourite book that she read last year, so I immediately went and bought it. I haven’t read it yet, but after loving Star Girl, it’s on my cop-on-and-read-asap shelf.

Star Girl is dark and intense and has that delicious slow build that gives you all the creepy foreshadowing. And then just when you are nicely worked up, it hammers you with sinister secrets. I loved that Stella was a DJ and for her last show, she declared it a confessional show where listeners could reveal their darkest, most private, previously undisclosed truths about their lives. I would so stay awake all night to listen to that show!

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Secrets are my catnip and both Stella’s secrets and the lies that surround her intrigued me. Elizabeth (Stella’s mum) narrates the other point of view. Her story drew me in too, although I shuddered often at her treatment of Elizabeth. I kept changing my mind as to whether I liked any of the characters in the book, but I really appreciated how complex they were.

My only problems with this book were that I felt like a needed a therapy session after I was finished to discuss my shattered, complicated feelings. And I also stayed up way too late reading the book and digesting my thoughts.

Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech

If you like shadowy undertones, very complex characters and lyrical writing, then you need to add this book to your to read ASAP! Fans of Liz Nugent, Jo Spain and C L Taylor should also enjoy.

About Louise Beech

Louise Beech's 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. Maria in the Moon was a Must-Read in Prima, Red and the Sunday Express. The Lion Tamer Who Lost was described as 'heartbreaking yet uplifting' by Good Housekeeping magazine, and 'engrossing' by the Daily Express.

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