Call Me Star Girl
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 ...more
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.
Pregnant Victori ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
...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. ...more
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 ...more
Oh, dear Louise, I can call you anything you want!!!
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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."
After hearing so many fantastic things about the writing of Louise Beech, I thought it was about time I finally tried one of her books myself. I was so excited when my pre-order finally arrived earlier this month! I know I have been warned about the effect of her stories, but I still wasn't fully prepared for what I encountered. Call ...more
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 ...more
Louise Beech has written such a simple story and yet at the same time nothing is as ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more