2019 · Blog Tour · Book review

Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech (@LouiseWriter) @OrendaBooks #RandomThingsTours

It’s day three of the Call Me Star Girl blog tour and I’m over the moon to be sharing my review. My thanks as always go to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours and Orenda Books for the opportunity.

About the book

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 fourteen 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…

Call Me Star Girl is available to purchase here – Amazon

My thoughts

Well I’ve been sat for a while now trying to form the words to express how much I loved this book and it’s proving very difficult so I’ll apologise now as this may just end up a jumble of excited words.

First thing I will say is I adore this cover, isn’t it stunning. It has an air of mystery about it and whispers “open me up and jump in”.

Call Me Star Girl is told from two points of view, we hear from Stella and her mum Elizabeth in past and present times. Elizabeth abandoned Stella when she was twelve years old and on Stella’s last night presenting her radio show she asks the listeners to call in, to reveal their secrets and she might just reveal some of hers, and it’s here many memories surface and the reader is taken on a roller coaster of emotions.

One thing I’ve noticed about this authors writing is that the characters come to life, they jump off the page and feel so real and it’s easy to care for them and In Call Me Star Girl it is impossible to not have all the feelings. On page one I was invested, totally hooked and usually it takes a few pages, maybe a couple of chapters but I was hooked, drawn right in and there was no letting go.

Reading the story you can’t help feeling a bit uneasy, as Stella sits in the radio station late at night with creaks and cracks, with the feeling she is not alone and with a murderer still out there it gave me shivers. The mystery behind Victoria’s murder had me completely intrigued and with so many twists and turns it was impossible to foresee where the story would go.

Along with the mystery there is a lot of emotion between Stella and her mum. Stella’s abandonment, Elizabeth’s regret and even the pure unconditional, over powering love that Stella has for boyfriend Tom comes alive and I just couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

I’m not usually a day time reader, with having teenagers and a young baby I normally only read at nights but I found myself reading this while cooking, the baby fell asleep in the car on the way home so instead of waking her I sat outside the house and read with my frozen peas going soggy in the boot, every spare minute I could get I had my phone out reading (thank goodness for the kindle app) so be warned, be prepared to be totally absorbed in this story. You’re life will not be your own until you finish.

Call Me Star Girl has left me quite dumbstruck, I actually feel bereft that it has ended. It’s beautiful but with mystery, it’s sad but with love and overall it’s just down right brilliant.

So I think it’s clear to see that I LOVED IT and will definitely be recommending Call Me Star Girl.

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