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Louise Beech makes her first foray into crime fiction with Call Me Star Girl and was obviously born to it because this is brilliant, literary noir with an old school feel yet set in the modern era Tense and beautiful with an emotionally traumatic finale and clever little plot twists that were ingrained into the narrative, I loved this from the moment I started reading it and I did that in one perfect, immersive sitting.The writing is pure class and honestly it will stay on your mind, every si Louise Beech makes her first foray into crime fiction with Call Me Star Girl and was obviously born to it because this is brilliant, literary noir with an old school feel yet set in the modern era Tense and beautiful with an emotionally traumatic finale and clever little plot twists that were ingrained into the narrative, I loved this from the moment I started reading it and I did that in one perfect, immersive sitting.The writing is pure class and honestly it will stay on your mind, every single chapter gives you something else to consider at the heart of this too is a complex, layered and absolutely resonant mother daughter relationship that will touch your reading soul.There is nothing about this book that I didn t adore, even as it traumatised me, even as I devoured it then wished I hadn t so it would all be shiny new once.Call Me Star Girl is the black and white movie era in literary form, a gem of a novel that deserves cult status.Absolutely highly recommended Not a single beautiful word wasted [[ Free Book ]] ☋ 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 caughtTonight is Stella McKeever s final radio show The theme is secrets You tell her yours, and she ll share some of hersStella 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 about the mysterious man calling the station who says he knows who killed Victoria, and has proofTonight 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 Review to follow but already my favourite book of 2019 I ve seen so many other book bloggers heaping praise on Louise Beech s latest book that I m pleased to have had the opportunity finally to experience it for myself I know her pedigree as a writer from her earlier book, Maria in the Moon, which I really loved, and I have several of her other books in my TBR pile.Call Me Star Girl oozes atmosphere from the very first page This is a book where your review has definitely to beabout how the book made you feel than what it s about both for fea I ve seen so many other book bloggers heaping praise on Louise Beech s latest book that I m pleased to have had the opportunity finally to experience it for myself I know her pedigree as a writer from her earlier book, Maria in the Moon, which I really loved, and I have several of her other books in my TBR pile.Call Me Star Girl oozes atmosphere from the very first page This is a book where your review has definitely to beabout how the book made you feel than what it s about both for fear of giving anything away or of spoiling the sheer experience of reading it for others In the author s skilful hands, the reader is taken on an emotional journey that is, at times, unsettling, chilling and full of twists and turns.Events unfold over one night during Stella s last shift at a community radio station It s late at night and for much of the time she s alone in the building with only callers to the station providing any human contact The narrative is interspersed with chapters from the point of view of Stella and her mother, Elizabeth, going back and forth in time to chart their troubled relationship, and between Stella and her boyfriend, Tom I confess some of the latter felt voyeuristic in a way I found quite unsettling.I loved that Louise Beech chose once again to use Hull as the setting for her book I also enjoyed the occasional references to the nature of fiction, reminding the reader that you should not necessarily believe everything you re told And there s room for a couple in jokes as well At one point the young Stella, after recounting a story she s written at school, is told she should write mystery novels when she grows up Earlier, in response to the use of the pet name Star Girl by her mother, Stella says, We just need a killer twist and a cliffhanger ending, and we could have a bestseller called Star Girl.Call Me Star Girl is a dark, intense story of desire, control and secrets It poses the question what would you do, how far would you go, what risk would you incur for the one you love Louise Beech s writing gets under my skin in a way no one else s does, her gorgeous prose somehow pulls me in like no other and doesn t let go until the end It s an all consuming experience every time I pick up one of her novels up and she raised the bar with Call Me Star Girl, which is a huge accomplishment as she s already an amazingly talented author.Stella is planning something big for her last night on the air as a radio host and not knowing what she had up her sleeve heightened the air of Louise Beech s writing gets under my skin in a way no one else s does, her gorgeous prose somehow pulls me in like no other and doesn t let go until the end It s an all consuming experience every time I pick up one of her novels up and she raised the bar with Call Me Star Girl, which is a huge accomplishment as she s already an amazingly talented author.Stella is planning something big for her last night on the air as a radio host and not knowing what she had up her sleeve heightened the air of anticipation that was already palpable, you could feel the tension in the air Which brings me to my next point, this was devastatingly atmospheric, who would ve thought a radio station in the dead of night could be such a creepy place Louise Beech, that s who and I swear I could feel the intensity crackling in the air while I was sitting in my own living room, it was brilliant and so clever There was something so harrowing about this one but I mean that in a beautiful and almost poetic way You have this group of highly complex characters combined with an intricate narrative that took me by surprisetimes than I can count It all concluded with a totally jaw dropping ending and one that I never saw coming but also one that left me awestruck, it was just perfectly executed Highly recommended for psychological thriller fans, especially those who like ones with sophistication and a sense of noir.Call Me Star Girl in three words Slick, Atmospheric and Haunting I will write some thoughts shortly and here they are Sometimes in life, you come across certain books that hold you still This is one of them Gripped from the first page to the last The complexity of the story and the characters are brilliant and the way that Louise always keeps you guessing.I was gobsmacked with this read It s dark, sad, uplifting and scary What s not to like, just a brilliant few hours spent enjoying this.I can t recommend this book enough. As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek you read a book and upon finishing you just know that you have read something that is extra special That no matter what words you write, that you can assemble, you will fail and you won t do the book justice Before I started Call Me Star Girl I d read two such books this year, One Word Kill Impossible Times 1 by Mark Lawrence and A Boy and his Dog at the End of the Wo As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek you read a book and upon finishing you just know that you have read something that is extra special That no matter what words you write, that you can assemble, you will fail and you won t do the book justice Before I started Call Me Star Girl I d read two such books this year, One Word Kill Impossible Times 1 by Mark Lawrence and A Boy and his Dog at the End of the World by C A Fletcher Now, I ve read three and you can add Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech to the list.This is my review for Call Me Star Girl, these are my words, they are the best that I have Stella McKeever is a radio host for her local community radio station, tonight is her final show, the theme of the show, the topic that she has chosen, secrets Stella invites her listeners to share their secrets and in return she will share hers too, an exchange, a trade, a secret for a secret It is a time for secrets, for the truth and for locked doors to be opened It s like a witching hour, a special time for things that are hidden, that have been buried to be unearthed, to be revealed and a time for endings In the claustrophobic confines of the radio station, the four walls of the studio, a gateway, many secrets come out, Stella lays herself bare to her listeners There s a tension, a disquiet, an unease to the theme, what could be revealed Once revealed secrets can never be locked away again.There is also a killer somewhere out there, three weeks ago the heavily pregnant Victoria Valbon was murdered near to the radio station where Stella works, the murderer, the killer, is still on the loose.Since the murder of Victoria, there has been a man who rings the radio station, who has rung in multiple times on Stella s show and who claims to knowabout Victoria s death, hinting, offering cryptic clues about what really happened to Victoria, about that night.Someone, a nameless person, an unknown person also left Stella a book at the radio station during one of her shifts with a note saying Stella, this will tell you everything Stella never knew her father and Elizabeth, her mother, wasn t the best, wasn t maternal, wasn t the most loving or the most caring and said things to Stella as a child that have resonated into her adulthood, that have never faded, that have been held in memory, that have left an impression, an imprint and have had a lasting impact upon Stella making her who she is today before finally abandoning her when she was twelve years old Leaving Stella with her next door neighbour, a letter and a perfume bottle with a star shaped topper to remember her by only returning out of the blue fourteen years later.Stars are important throughout Call me Star Girl, important to Stella, her name means star and they hold great significance to her, she is always looking out at the stars, when they shine, it is calming, comforting to her, she finds solace in them and when they are obscured, it is an omen, a portent, an ominous feeling of things to come The perfume bottle, the star shaped topper is a totem for Stella, something to hold on to, an inanimate object that holds great meaning, that holds great power, that evokes memories, of a different time, of a different place, of a younger Stella and of her mother It was the only thing that her mother left her, it is one of Stella s prized possessions, the smell of the scent, that brings Stella comfort, that offers her succour, that can take her back.Call me Star Girl is made up of chapters with Stella in the now that focus on her final night at the radio station, with Stella in the then that focus on her back when she was younger, with Stella and Tom, her boyfriend that focus on their intense relationship, Tom who has dark tastes and Stella who allows him to do things that others would shy away from and say no too at around the time that Victoria Valbon was killed and with chapters in both the then and the now that focus on Elizabeth There are also a few important chapters from the perspective of a taxi driver added to the mix.With each new chapter, you can see something new being added to the fabric of the story, of the characters, like a patchwork quilt, stitched together, woven into place and made whole.Many of the chapters in Call Me Star Girl end with a hook, reaching out and pulling you back for that stereotypical onechapter phrase but for Call Me Star Girl it isn t just an overused phrase, it is true Beech baits her lines with a glimmer, a glimpse, a tantalising taste of a reveal and casts them out, hooking the reader and that one for chapter soon turns into faras you find yourself devouring the pages in search of answers, secrets and the truth.The setting of the empty apart from Stella radio station is very intimate, giving a close feel to the surroundings and the story In the station, Stella is isolated from the outside world, alone, just her in the room with the airwaves, the radio equipment, the songs, the phone, her listeners and her thoughts Alone in the studio, sounds and silence are amplified, sometimes a deafening silence, sometimes a creaking floorboard, a door hinge squeaking, a footstep, a sound from an unknown sourceThere s something atmospheric and haunting about the story, something that prickles at the back of your neck and particularly in the sections that take place in the radio station you will find yourself questioning the noises that you hear whilst reading.Call Me Star Girl has a quiet intensity to it and it is a slow burn of a book, one that takes its time, one that allows its characters and its story time to build and time to develop and it is all the better for it The characterisation by Beech is exquisite, the tension is ramped up throughout and the story itself is deep, layered, sad, gut wrenching and powerful.With Call Me Star Girl Beech has created a captivating and chilling story It is a story that will thaw the ice in the veins, that will thaw the coldest of frozen hearts, a dark story but it is a darkness that is infused with heart There is a beauty to the way that Beech writes, a beauty that is found within the darkness and one that contains an emotional undercurrent Her words ebb and flow, waxing and waning like a candle flame, flickering, caught in a breeze There s something evocative and poetic about both her writing and her way with words Something alluring, something hypnotic, casting you under her spell, charming you, drawing you in, grabbing you and ultimately pulling you under before allowing you to resurface changed at the end of the book.There are many layers to the story in Call Me Star Girl, many emotions too, that fall, that cascade like rain, pulling you one way and then another, twisting and turning with the story.Call Me Star Girl isn t just a story about secrets, neither is it just a story about uncovering a killer It s a story about bonds, about family, about the ties that bind, that are severed, that are reconnected It s a story about abandonment, about desire, about love, about loss, about those who are most important to you and it is a story about the relationship between a daughter and her mother.With the high quality of the writing, the deep characterisation and sense of atmosphere that are on display and the dark yet moving story that lingers, that leaves an echo upon the reader Call Me Star Girl shines brightly as one of the best books you will read this year Stunning in every way Beautifully written, gripping, chilling and the ending broke my heart Not only is it an excellent, cleverly plotted thriller, it oozes with emotion, particularly between Stella and her mother An unforgettable novel Louise Beech is a genius Call Me Star Girl.Oh, dear Louise, I can call you anything you want WhyBecause each of your novels steals a piece of my heart and makes me fall in love with your writing again and again, root for your authentic characters, and takes my mind on journeys I could only dream of Okay, enough with the fangirling for now.Stella, our main character In my mind I can hear her talk to me She has a warm voice, one of those voices you could listen to for hours Good thing, as she is a radio host A Call Me Star Girl.Oh, dear Louise, I can call you anything you want WhyBecause each of your novels steals a piece of my heart and makes me fall in love with your writing again and again, root for your authentic characters, and takes my mind on journeys I could only dream of Okay, enough with the fangirling for now.Stella, our main character In my mind I can hear her talk to me She has a warm voice, one of those voices you could listen to for hours Good thing, as she is a radio host Although we get plenty of details about her, her strongest feature is her voice Even the thoughts left on the page by the author have that smoothness I feel floating between the words Like a song, this novel put me in a trance Adverbs, verbs, nouns, commas, Louise Beech is one of the most incredible conductors in life s opera and this time again, she gave birth to a masterpiece.A different kind of masterpiece from her usual genre.Let s go back to Stella Stella and her final show Because she has decided tonight is the night A night of secrets, a night of truths, a night of songs, and a night to face the music Stella has a mother Like many others, their relationship is complicated to say the least That explains some things about Stella s personality and the way she sees the world Caring, brave, standing on her own two feet, and oh so vulnerable, beautifully flawed, and standing on an invisible edge created by her past, haunting her with every chapter Why is her mother back I loved probing into their past I felt as though, with each chapter bringing me closer to her life and the secrets around Stella, the further I was swimming away from the woman herself I got to know her, but she kept slipping through my fingers As she invites her listeners to share what only the night can allow you to share, she battles with a man who thinks he has answers, a boyfriend I couldn t warm to, a mother that left me puzzled and sad You see, a murder happened near the radio studio Stella finds herself in the midst of it by chance No, that is not chance By fate Fate and a big dose of bad luck But such horrors are bound to make you think, aren t they So when clues are left for her, Stella doesn t resist Like the blacks and whites on a music sheet, she follows her path.The plot, thick and chilling, echoes in my head as a classic pop music, with a slow beginning inviting, intriguing, followed by the disturbing outbreak of drums making you jump at every sound Because who is safe in the presence of secrets Like a heartbeat, Stella s story is told with its ups and down, in the form of then and now , cut by another voice making you turn the pages faster, eager to go back to the studio room, with a false sense of safety with its walls and that door cutting you off from the outside world But the world doesn t need a door It has phones, it has stars, it has your brain cells Stella thinks, Stella feels You think with her, you feel with her Without my noticing, I began to feel anxious Who was that dead woman What is the connection with Stella Why do we only get the final show Tension cutting like the finest corner of a blank page invaded the space and suddenly, all the lights went off, then on again My avid reader s brain had rarely experienced such a strong sense of dread, mixed with a million other emotions, in so little time, in such a small space.I was too busy getting all the feelings to truly ask myself those questions I just wanted to shake my head in sync to Stella s tune, which becomes darker as the number of pages grows Louise Beech, queen of literary fiction, turned psychological thriller magician in the blink of an eye Call Me Star Girl is the proof an author can evolve, find new voices, bring them to life while always, always, ALWAYS maintaining what makes her style so unique and addictive.If you haven t experienced Louise Beech s phenomenal storytelling, grab Call Me Star Girl Swim in the dark oceans of secrets, relish each word, meet characters ready to shake your world Then go back and buy all of her books Louise Beech is such a versatile author, each of her books has made for an original read, each one has been different in tone, characters and plot, which for me means the author s books are a MUST read This is the author s first foray into the psychological genre, but never fear yet again the author has written a book that has all her trademarks, a compelling plot, steeped in emotion, beautifully written, and yet within its covers lie a dark and disquieting read Call Me Star Girl is a book t Louise Beech is such a versatile author, each of her books has made for an original read, each one has been different in tone, characters and plot, which for me means the author s books are a MUST read This is the author s first foray into the psychological genre, but never fear yet again the author has written a book that has all her trademarks, a compelling plot, steeped in emotion, beautifully written, and yet within its covers lie a dark and disquieting read Call Me Star Girl is a book that is guaranteed to haunt you long after you reach the last page of this all consuming dark psychological thriller.It s Stella McKeever s last ever radio show, and she wants to make sure it s her best one yet, so decides to ask her listeners to share their secrets and in return she will share hers, which immediately gave me a sense of foreboding, we all know what happens when secrets are shared, right Emotions are stirred, long buried memories are disturbed, a baring of the soul rarely ends in a happy ever after for anyone Throw into the mix the fact a local girl has been found murdered in an alley, and the scene is set Louise Beech weaves a complex tale featuring flawed characters, layered in oodles of tension that made this novel such an unsettling but fabulous read.I must congratulate the author on creating the perfect setting for this novel, As the reader it takes little imagination to summon up the radio station at night, a place where every shadow, and every noise adds a sense of trepidation to to the read, is someone hiding in the shadows Or is Louise Beech toying with the reader The authors characters have the ability to consume your every waking moment, they may be flawed, they may not be likeable, they may even be untrustworthy but I can guarantee their story will enthral you, you will eagerly turn the pages, looking to find how the pieces of this finely tuned puzzle fit together.Told from the POV of Stella and Elizabeth the mother who abandoned her, you will experience feelings and emotions you never thought possible, their stories will pull at your heartstrings when you least expect it The author explores themes of abandonment, sacrifice and love, and in doing so has written a tense and atmospheric read In my humble opinion this is the author s best book yet and a must read for those who love a riveting psychological thriller that s very much character led but with a dark heart It s definitely a book that will be on my top reads of 2019 at the end of the year, and that s a fact All my reviews can found at