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.
Publication date: 15 May 2017
Publisher: ORENDA BOOKS
To Purchase on Amazon UK
Quite an apt title for this book because it is an exquisite read. This is one that will definitely be going on my list of outstanding books of the year.
It’s going to be hard to review because to give details of this psychological chiller as it unfolds would give away massive spoilers that the reader needs to discover for themselves. I had plenty of “oh!” moments of surprise as it turned out differently to how I imagined it would be. At first I thought it would be another Single White Female scenario – it wasn’t. This is a story of a mutually destructive relationship between two very damaged people, one of them profoundly evil in nature. They both narrate the story giving their versions of events, also running alongside is an account from someone who is a prison inmate, but who this is, is not revealed until the end.
Some very insightful beautifully written passages about the hurt felt when one person rejects another in a particularly nasty, narcissistic self-serving manner. Anyone who has been profoundly hurt by another in this way will no doubt identify. I went back to read some of the paragraphs again, amazed at the description of true hurt and the destruction of a personality by another. I felt like printing out a few passages and framing them. A compulsive hard to put down read.
That’s enough plot teasers from me. I read this book on a road trip through France and as it was permanently on the dashboard of my car when I wasn’t reading it, decided to do a bit of a ‘Book Tour’ with it. Photographing it in various locations along the way. It was quite a journey in more ways than one.
With a thousand thanks to Karen Sullivan & Anne Cater for including me on this tour and for my review copy.
At Frejus beach South of France. The plane was scooping up water from the sea and ditching it practicing for forest fires.
Up in the Rhône-Alpes
Scary roads up in the alps!
On the way to the Loire Valley
Me celebrating the release of the ebook of Exquisite on the 15/05/17 in a fountain in the Loire Valley.