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Exquisite

Published Date: 26th January 2017

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978-1-910633-75-5
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1 June 2017
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978-1-910633-74-8
£8.99
1 June 2017
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Description

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.

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‘A perfect literary thriller. A moving, gripping story told in beautiful prose. The twists keep coming until the very last page. I loved this book’ Erin Kelly

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‘Whip-smart, lushly written and truly page-turning. I loved Exquisite, from the misleading simplicity of the premise and right down through all the dark depths of the she said/she said narrative. Sarah Stovell is a thrilling talent’ Holly Seddon

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Exquisite is a powerful and assured debut thriller. Slickly claustrophobic and delicately wrought this arch story of obsessive forbidden love taken to the extreme will have you squirming in your seat even as you’re driven to turn the next page. A must-read for 2017’ Sarah Pinborough

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‘Sarah Stovell writes beautifully. In her latest novel she combines that skill with a thrilling dramatic narrative. Exquisite in every way’ Essie Fox

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‘Beautifully written and perfectly twisted, I was sucked deeply into the intertwined worlds of Alice and Bo and found myself reading through my fingers, compelled yet terrified at what the outcome might be … And that ending. Just wow. There could not be a better title for this book’ S J I Holliday

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I bloody loved it. So clever, so beautifully written, such brilliant characterisation and THAT ENDING! This book is going to be MASSIVE! It has all the special little things that make it stand out from other psychological thrillers and it had my tummy in knots. I’m going to be shouting about this one for a long time. Definitely in my top reads for 2017’ Lisa Hall

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‘Addictive, terrifying and beautifully written, Exquisite is up there with the best psychological thrillers I’ve ever read. Fucking awesome’ Chris Whittaker

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‘Beautifully written, atmospheric and sexy, Exquisite is a satisfying psychological thriller with real class’ Cass Green 

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‘Alice, a charismatic young woman with a chaotic personal life, signs up for a writing workshop with Bo, an established novelist and married mother of two. There’s an instant connection between them — but is it literary, romantic or just fantasy? Passions flare and curdle, and the reader’s sympathies are kept on a knife-edge as Stovell skilfully juggles two unreliable narrators. It’s a remarkable debut in the crowded psychological thriller field, written with great sureness of touch and tone — it already feels like a summer bestseller.’

Exquisite is selected as a STAR PICK in The TIMES CRIME CLUB

Author

Sarah Stovell was born in 1977 and spent most of her life in the Home Counties before a season working in a remote North Yorkshire youth hostel made her realise she was a northerner at heart. She now lives in Northumberland with her partner and two children and is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Lincoln University. Her debut psychological thriller, Exquisite, is set in the Lake District.

Online Reviews

‘The best novel about obsession that I have read in a decade. Beautiful, beautiful writing with two extraordinarily divisive characters. I’m book hungover … pure brilliance. Exquisite is going to be HUGE’ Liz Loves Books

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‘A highly addictive, sophisticated and very twisted psychological thriller. The reader is exposed to the workings of the darkest of minds, and each page presents a question, although the answers are not always apparent. The development of the intense and, at times, very disturbing relationship that grows between Bo and Alice is so finely done, with some spectacular characterisation and surprising twists. Sarah Stovell is hugely talented, and Exquisite is an absolute triumph’

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‘Beautifully written prose put me right inside the heads of these two unreliable narrators … the tension gradually escalated until these two intelligent women became pitted against one another, with more than a hint of Fatal Attraction. I found it very difficult to know who to believe, who was telling the truth and who was telling lies. This unforgettable, outstanding psychological thriller should be on everyone’s ‘to buy’ list!’ Off-the-Shelf Books

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‘Fatal Attraction meets psychological thriller in this unputdownable, sexy, taut novel. A twisty-turny story of obsession and love, EXQUISITE traces the increasingly twisted relationship between a bestselling author and a young aspiring author. I’m not usually one for romance in my thrillers, but Stovell has infused her book with just the right amount of chemistry and tension between her lead characters—just enough to enhance the story without overpowering the darkness at its core. Exquisite is chosen on Crime By the Book’s 2017 summer reading list!’ Crime By The Book

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‘Start this book and you won’t rest until it is finished. Talk about psychological thriller!! It’s everything you could dream of in a thriller and then some … The stunning narrative combined with these incredible characters and a  geniously clever premise that is delivered to perfection will B.L.O.W Y.O.U.R M.I.N.D … This author is definately one to watch, her writing is. ‘ exquisite’ and I think her voice is so unique, she breaks with some of the traditional ‘ rules’ of writing and proves that rule are meant to be broken as the results are enthralling.’ If In Doubt Read

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‘I did love this book. Like a thin shard of glass, Exquisite punctures the heart and the shard first warms and then freezes until, like glass, the heart shatters … This is exquisite love and exquisite pain. The two are seemingly inextricably linked.  With pace, heaps of tension, and an ending which leaves you questioning everything, this dual first person narrative is a massive contender for psychological thriller of the year.’ Live and Deadly

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Exquisite is a perfectly suited title of a book of such lush lyrical prose with themes of obsession, manipulation, and all-consuming passion. With gorgeous descriptions of one of my favourite places in the world – The Lake District – and strong, believable narrative, Exquisite has proved itself more than worthy of being among the best psychological thrillers I have read in some time. Debut author, Sarah Stovell, is definitely one to watch.’ Boofs Books

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‘This is a very tense and beautifully crafted psychological thriller which keeps the reader captivated until the final page.  Each chapter, whether it was Bo’s or Alice’s narrative, kept me gripped and holding my breath.  I absolutely adored this book and wish it every success it deserves and highly recommend it to all lovers of intelligent psychological thrillers.’ Compulsive Readers

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‘Throughout the story, the reader knows that something serious will happen, that is clear from the address of one of the narratives, however, it is not until almost the very end that we can be sure of the reliability of the narrators …… or can we? Exquisite deserves to be huge in 2017, it is quite extraordinary. At times uncomfortable, often shocking, but always compelling.  Sarah Stovell is hugely talented, Exquisite is an absolute triumph.’ Random Things

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‘Stovell’s psychological debut is absolutely brilliant and is a shining star. I quite honestly have never before read such a thrilling and nerve-shredding read.  I have a feeling this one is going to be one of the most talked about books this year. A must read and one you won’t be able to put down.’

Tracy Shephard

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‘I was shaken to the core by the disturbing but fascinating characters and the ferocity of the emotions coming in waves through my body. I lost myself in this book, and I won one of the best reading experiences I have ever had. In her stunning debut, Sarah Stovell’s grandiose prose tells a tale of the scars of love. Exquisite is chillingly brilliant and absolutely riveting.’

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