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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 ba
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Paperback, First, 300 pages
Published April 18th 2019 by Orenda (first published February 8th 2019)
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Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
I love Louise Beech's style of writing and her very beautiful storylines that she has written previously to this, her first venture into psychological crime fiction. It certainly shouldn't be her last, I wholeheartedly adored this book "Call Me Star Girl" and highly recommend it.
Atmospheric, haunting and very intriguing, there is just the right amount of plot twists to keep you turning the pages and I was emotionally wrung out by the time we finally reached the fantastic ending.
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Liz Barnsley
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Louise Beech makes her first foray into crime fiction with “Call Me Star Girl” and was obviously born to it because this is brilliant, literary noir with an old school feel yet set in the modern era. 

Tense and beautiful with an emotionally traumatic finale and clever little plot twists that were ingrained into the narrative, I loved this from the moment I started reading it and I did that in one perfect, immersive sitting.

The writing is pure class and honestly it will stay on your mind, every si
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Joanne Robertson
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review to follow but already my favourite book of 2019!
Cathy
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
I’ve seen so many other book bloggers heaping praise on Louise Beech’s latest book that I’m pleased to have had the opportunity finally to experience it for myself. I know her pedigree as a writer from her earlier book, Maria in the Moon, which I really loved, and I have several of her other books in my TBR pile.

Call Me Star Girl oozes atmosphere from the very first page. This is a book where your review has definitely to be more about how the book made you feel than what it’s about both for fea
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Amy
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physical-arcs
Louise Beech’s writing gets under my skin in a way no one else’s does, her gorgeous prose somehow pulls me in like no other and doesn’t let go until the end. It’s an all consuming experience every time I pick up one of her novels up and she raised the bar with Call Me Star Girl, which is a huge accomplishment as she’s already an amazingly talented author.

Stella is planning something big for her last night on the air as a radio host and not knowing what she had up her sleeve heightened the air of
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ReadsSometimes
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I will write some thoughts shortly!

...and here they are.

Sometimes in life, you come across certain books that hold you still. This is one of them. Gripped from the first page to the last. The complexity of the story and the characters are brilliant and the way that Louise always keeps you guessing.

I was gobsmacked with this read. It's dark, sad, uplifting and scary. What's not to like, just a brilliant few hours spent enjoying this.

I can't recommend this book enough.
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The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

Sometimes you read a book and upon finishing you just know that you have read something that is extra special. That no matter what words you write, that you can assemble, you will fail and you won’t do the book justice. Before I started Call Me Star Girl I’d read two such books this year, One Word Kill (Impossible Times #1) by Mark Lawrence and A Boy and his Dog at the End of the Wo
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Claire Douglas
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stunning in every way! Beautifully written, gripping, chilling - and the ending broke my heart! Not only is it an excellent, cleverly plotted thriller, it oozes with emotion, particularly between Stella and her mother. An unforgettable novel! Louise Beech is a genius!
Meggy Chocolate'n'Waffles
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Call Me Star Girl.

Oh, dear Louise, I can call you anything you want!!!

Why?

Because each of your novels steals a piece of my heart and makes me fall in love with your writing again and again, root for your authentic characters, and takes my mind on journeys I could only dream of.


Okay, enough with the fangirling… for now.

Stella, our main character. In my mind I can hear her talk to me. She has a warm voice, one of those voices you could listen to for hours. Good thing, as she is a radio host. A

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The Book Review Café
Louise Beech is such a versatile author, each of her books has made for an original read, each one has been different in tone, characters and plot, which for me means the author’s books are a “MUST” read. This is the author’s first foray into the psychological genre, but never fear yet again the author has written a book that has all her trademarks, a compelling plot, steeped in emotion, beautifully written, and yet within its covers lie a dark and disquieting read. Call Me Star Girl is a book t ...more
Eva
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thoughts? Ha! Bloody hell, I don’t know. I can’t even begin to think of any words. I hurt. Way deep inside, like an awful physical pain that makes me want to curl up into a tiny ball under the duvet and just weep.

Louise Beech is one of maybe two authors who always manages to make me cry in the ugliest way possible. So when I heard she had gone down the dark path and written a psychological thriller, I felt relieved and my first thought was how I wouldn’t need to stock up on tissues and explain t
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Kelly Van Damme
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We are all a product of our parents. But who are Stella’s parents? When she was 12 her mum left her and she’s never known who her dad is. What does that do to a girl? Especially one who’s always been told that she came out wrong, one who’s always been convinced that she was boring her mum and one day to such an extent even, that her mum just upped and left. 14 years later this star-gazing girl is desperate not to bore the love of her life, so desperate in fact that she’d do anything to keep him ...more
Karen
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having now read all five of Louise Beech’s books, I don’t think there is anything that she cannot turn her author’s hand to.

Call Me Star Girl is her first foray into the psychological thriller genre and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Dark and atmospheric it really does make your spine tingle at times.

Most of the story is set in a radio studio where Stella is doing her last ever show. Stella does the late night slot and most of the time she is in the building on her own. This alone gave me the
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Louisa Treger
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Louise Beech is one of the UK’s most versatile writers. Each of her novels is completely different, and each time I finish one, I think, 'that's her best yet.' And then she delivers another magical read - EVERY time! Call Me Star Girl is her first foray into crime writing and it certainly shouldn't be her last. It bears all the trademarks of her writing - the power to utterly immerse you in the world she creates, complex and believable characters, and much exquisite writing along the way. But th ...more
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: May 23rd 2019


"I shiver, look to my left and then my right. No one there.
It's just me.
Me and all my terrible gut feelings."

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Clair
When I first saw the cover of this book and blurb I commented on Twitter, Karen from Orenda Books replied and said that this was Louise Beech’s best book yet….and hell was Karen right!

I loved The Mountain in My Shoe, adored Maria in the Moonand cried at The Lion Tamer Who Lost so I knew I would be onto a good thing but WOW….Call Me Star Girl just blew me away! Louise’s writing is absolutely flawless and whilst I wanted to know what happened but so did not want it to end.

Call Me Star Girl‘s mai
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Robyn
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-releases
It is Stella McKeever’s last night working as a radio talk show host and tonight’s theme is all about secrets. She invites her listeners to call in to the show and expose their deepest darkest secrets, ones they have never told anyone else before. But, in doing so, Stella also feels compelled to tell her own. Especially when The Man Who Knows has been calling the radio station with the biggest secret of them all.

Louise Beech has written such a simple story and yet at the same time nothing is as
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The Coycaterpillar Reads
Call Me Star Girl. An intriguing title if ever there was one. A girl comfortable in the dark. A girl that ultimately becomes a product of her upbringing. Tragedy, survival, and a precious memento that brings light into the darkest of days. No childhood is perfect and for that matter neither is any mother. Hell, I’ve made mistakes in my journey as a mother but never for one second have, I ever imagined abandoning any of my children. This narrative was enticingly chilling – imagining a young impre ...more
Gill Paul
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stella is a DJ at a local radio station, who is in love with Tom, a hospital porter. Her mother left home when she was twelve, then reappeared fourteen years later. A local girl has been found murdered in an alley. From these basic facts, Louise Beech weaves a complex narrative of disturbed characters and mounting tension laced with unexpected dark humour.
We see events through Stella's eyes as she broadcasts her final show for the station WLCR, and also as she looks back on her life; and in oth
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Joanne
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Call Me Star Girl sees Louise Beech's writing take a darker turn with this book firmly in the psychological thriller category. Stella McKeever is a late night radio host and tonight is her last show. She invites her listeners to ring in and reveal their secrets. One of her callers says he knows all about the recent unsolved murder of a young pregnant woman. Stella thinks someone has been hanging around the radio station after her shows and worries it might be this man. Her mother has recently co ...more
Helen
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbc
A subtle but immensely powerful Psychological Thriller.
I've adored all the earlier books by this author and was intrigued and a little nervous to read her first thriller, I needn't have worried! Call Me Star Girl delivers the necessary mystery, intrigue, tension, and unease required by this genre but what takes this book to another level is the beautiful writing, characterisation and emotional depth packed within this book.

For me the pacing was perfect, the telling of the story through the voic
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Laura Rash
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
As with every LB book, they’re unique, entertaining and get you right in the gut (in a good way). Thanks to Orenda for this copy:)
Zoé-lee O'farrell

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
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Claire
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Where to start with Louise Beech’s step into the dark world of psychological thrillers? As the story unfolded on my kindle, I could feel my chest tighten. Who had killed #poorpoorVictoria?? Who is the #babykiller?!

Having met Louise Beech, I imagined Stella’s dulcet tones to be not far off the author’s as the radio presenter clocks in for her final shift. And what a show it is she has to endure. Our Stella had planned a night of secrets, getting her late night listeners to share some of their ske
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booksofallkinds
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the tour organiser

CALL ME STAR GIRL by Louise Beech is this author's first foray into the thriller genre and I can safely say that it will never be the same again (in a good way!!).

It is the final night of Stella McKeever's radio show and she is determined to go out with a bang and what better theme to get the blood thumping than secrets? Secrets have a power like no other - the power to make you smile, cry, or tremble with fear - and as a particular caller
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LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
So this is actually the first novel I’ve read by Louise Beech and her first foray into psychological thrillers.

This was such a beautifully written and at times poignant story, which surprised me how emotionally invested I got with the characters.

We follow Stella for her last broadcast, going backwards and forwards in her life and how she ended up at this point. The mystery of the death of pregnant Victoria Valbon hangs over her, a man phones the station claims he knows what happened to Victoria
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Sally Boocock
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
As psychological thrillers go this is up there with the best. I totally loved The lion tamer who lost, a brilliant love story so was curious to see Louise's first foray into crime. She does not disappoint. A shocking sometimes quite spine chilling story of a radio host who is on her last show. Stella was abandoned by her mother at 12years old and the story is told by Stella and her mother. The murder of a young pregnant woman in an alleyway has everyone wondering who did it. Stella has a caller ...more
Renita D'Silva
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Just brilliant
Adrienne
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is my first Louise Beech novel and one of the most original psychological thrillers I have ever read. It is beautifully written and has an ever twisting plot that grabs you and doesn't let go....I'm still thinking about those dark, unsettling characters. Looking forward to reading more of LB's work. ...more
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Louise's debut novel, How to be Brave, was a Guardian Readers' pick in 2015 and a top ten bestseller on Amazon. The Mountain in my Shoe longlisted for the Guardian's Not The Booker Prize 2016. The Sunday Mirror called Maria in the Moon 'quirky, darkly comic, original and heartfelt'. It was also a Must Read in the Sunday Express and a Book of the Year at LoveReadingUK. The Lion Tamer Who Lost was d ...more

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