#BookReview of Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech @louisewriter @annecater @orendabooks #callmestargirl

Posted April 1, 2019 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 11 Comments

Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech
Also by this author: The Lion Tamer Who Lost
Published by Orenda on April 18, 2019
Pages: 300
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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…

I am so bloody excited to be open this immense tour for Louise with my review of Call Me Star Girl, what a fab birthday present to me! (And I have two of them today!). I am also opening the tour with another fabulous blogger over at @ Macs Reviews Books, so make sure you make yourself known!

My Review

How do you even comprehend in writing a review for a book like this? I know when I read The Lion Tamer Who Lost I took straight to my blog and brain dumped, it was not coherent just a huge mess of teary words. This time I have come back to my blog to find some words to write this review, I am not in a mess of tears but I got choked up in the end and I was shocked and moved by the ending because quite frankly I could not see how this was going to end and I really did not want it to end!

With this book, I listened to it and I read it, I had a day in the office to myself and started the book and practically finished it in that day. The narrator was awesome and I felt she had captured Stella and Elizabeth both so perfectly. She got them and it made the listening that much more magical and harrowing. Plus I could imagine the narrator, Katy Sobey, being on the radio, her voice is pure magic. I will definitely be listening to more books by her!

The secrets we uncovered on Stella’s last show, well some were of the normal variety and well some discoveries, especially in the Stella and Tom chapters were…spicer and at times quite dark.

Despite the darkness of this book and the secrets, the main force driving this book, for me, was love. The intense kind that could quite literally drive you to murder, the kind where you are so wrapped up in each other that it is so intense you forsake all others. Not just between two lovers but a mothers love too. You could imagine this sort of love being viewed as being quite twisted, selfish, dark and damaging to others, but when you look at it simplistically, it is just a love that is so pure. So pure, it has been stripped back to the rawest form, to it’s hungriest form where it just overpowers you and as I said quite literally makes you forsake all others. This is the type of love Stella has for Tom, and Elizabeth (Stella’s mother) has for Stella’s unknown father.

Whilst Stella is playing out her last ever show, wanting to know your secrets, it is clear there are many secrets kept from her. Her mother, Tom and ‘The man who knows’ all have their secrets but are they willing participants in this evening’s plans?

Not only are we dealing with secrets but we have a murderer on the loose, a pregnant woman has been murdered, Victoria, but what is it about her death that is affecting Stella and those around her so much?

For this being a first-time foray into the darkness of a thriller, it paid off. It felt like this was not Louise’s first rodeo into this world, the thrill was spot on, the darkness and intensity of the story all worked for me. All through the words that were not wasted. Every word, sentence, paragraph and page served a purpose, it was not wishy-washy, it was tight and precise and left you wanting more. The chapters are short and snappy and they flit between Stella and Elizabeth and then and now. I love this with books, they build the picture and boy was there a bigger picture to be built here.

I loved the darkness in this book, and I think about 60ish% through the book, there was a moment where I stopped what I was doing and quite simply said the words “F**k” I even sent a message to my friends, with no other words but ‘this book’. I was shocked, I did not see this revelation coming and it turned everything I thought I knew about this book on its head. Beyond epic is all I can say. I think Amazeballs is a word I generally band about too!

Call Me Star Girl was powerful, haunting and beautifully done, this will stay with me. And do not be surprised to see this in my Top books for 2019 that is for sure!

Last time I read a book by Louise I rushed out and brought all the books that she has written, I cannot do it this time but I know that I can safely say that if I hadn’t already learned the first time, that all her books in the future will be on pre-order. I am kicking myself that I have not read her other books yet, but they are sitting pretty on my shelf calling me…..or was that Stella??

Okay, I think this less than coherent fangirl message has made some sort of point I wanted to make!

Until next time xxx

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Thank you so much to Anne at Random Things Tours for the tour invite and the author for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review

About Louise Beech

Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be
Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. The sequel, The Mountain in
My Shoe was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Her third book, Maria in
the Moon, was widely reviewed and critically acclaimed. 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 and children 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

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11 responses to “#BookReview of Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech @louisewriter @annecater @orendabooks #callmestargirl

  1. Haha I used the word amazeballs too to describe this 😂 No other word seems to convey the awesomeness that is Call Me Star Girl! 😍

    • Zoé

      Amazeballs is one of my favourite ever words lol. It really is that isn’t it! Loved it!

  2. Oh I’m part way through. I love the audio for this one. The narration is awesome and her voice is incredibly sensual. So far I think Stella is such a complex charatcer and I think Louise is doing a superb job of bringing people’s darker thoughts and desires into the story. I’ll be Dm ing you when I’m,done

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