Today, Ellen is taking part in the blog tour for Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech and I’ll be sharing her review with you all a little further down.
About the author:
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.
About the book:
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…
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I have loved all of Louise’s books and was intrigued by Call Me Star Girl as it’s a little different to the stories which have preceded it. This one is a psychological thriller and I couldn’t wait to lose myself in the magical (and often dark) words which the author writes. I wasn’t fully aware of the details of Call Me Star Girl so was a little taken aback that child abandonment was a huge part of the story. The main character (Stella) was abandoned by her mother when she was young and left with the impression that she was never loved/appreciated and in fact her mother found her quite uninteresting. This obviously shapes Stella as a person and she is determined to never be boring which leads her to make some risky choices. My mother abandoned me when I was small so I could absolutely put myself in Stella’s shoes and follow her thought processes. I don’t think I have ever highlighted a book so many times and I took comfort in so much of the text and that Stella would get me.
Murder is also a major part of the story; a pregnant woman (Victoria Valbon) was murdered in an alley and her killer has still not been found. Stella McKeever is the host of a late night radio show and is receiving calls from someone claiming to know details about the murder. The theme of her final show is secrets, you tell her yours and she’ll share some of hers and Stella has a LOT of secrets! The macabre bedroom games with her boyfriend Tom, her father’s identity, the mystery of her perfume bottle with the star-shaped topper and so much more. The secrets are slowly revealed by various people over different times and I didn’t expect what revealing the secrets would result in.
I was kept guessing the whole way through the book and still didn’t predict the outcome. Call Me Star Girl is a dark and brooding book but there is still the familiar sparkle of the author’s magical way with words that will bewitch you to the end. Once more I am left reeling by Louise’s book and am convinced she could turn her hand to any genre. I’d definitely book a seat for Call Me Star Girl – The Musical.