CAROL by Patricia Highsmith meets HER by Harriet Lane Part captivating love story, part nail-biting psychological thriller, with a Gone Girl-style twist in the middle, EXQUISITE is a startlingly original and unbalancing novel that will keep you guessing until the very last page.
‘ Love would never erode me. I was locked in and alone, and God have mercy on the person who tried to get near, because I knew I had a weapon that surfaced at moments like this: a beast that lurked at the very heart of me, usually quietly sleeping, but other times ready to pounce and shred someone to pieces.'
Bo Luxon 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. But when Bo realises how much she stands to lose, she needs to think fast. She's not going to let Alice destroy her life – and she's prepared to go to dangerous lengths to stop her.
Karen Sullivan, acquiring editor at Orenda Books, said this:
‘This is a sophisticated, exceptionally well-written, dark and twisty psychological thriller that revolves around the intense relationship that develops between two women . Beautiful prose, superb characterisation, atmospheric descriptions of the Cumbrian setting and an outstanding plot make EXQUISITE, quite simply, everything that its name suggests.'
This is a novel best read in one sitting - with characters to fall in love with on one page, then gape at in horror on the next. The writing crackles with tension, and offers the white-hot intensity of a dark and fast-paced thriller, while examining the haunting question of how well you can really know someone you love.
ABOUT THE 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 lectures in Creative Writing at Lincoln University.
She is the author of MOTHERNIGHT (Snowbooks, 2008) and THE NIGHT FLOWER (Tindal St Press, 2013). EXQUISITE is her first thriller.
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