Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech - Blog Tour Review

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 if hers.
Stella might tell you about Tom, a boyfriend who likes to play games, about the mother who abandoned her, now back after twelve 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...
With echoes of the chilling Play Misty for Me, Call Me Star Girl is a taut, emotive and all-consuming psychological thriller that plays on our deepest fears, providing a stark reminder that stirring up dark secrets from the past can be deadly...

About The Author

Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers Choice for 2015. The follow up, The Mountain In My Shoe was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Both of her previous books Maria in the Moon and The Lion Tamer Who Lost were widely reviewed, critically acclaimed and number-one bestsellers on Kindle. The Lion Tamer Who Lost was shortlisted for the RNA Most Popular Romantic Novel Award in 2019. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prise, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice. Louise lives with her husband on the outskirts of Hull, and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012.

My Review

I absolutely loved the way this book was written! It has a unique feel to it, which I find difficult to put into words. Call Me Star Girl is emotional in parts and totally gripping throughout! I had so much sympathy for Stella, she hasn't had an easy life. Stella has a slightly disturbing relationship with her boyfriend. Her relationship with her mother is distant, strained and slightly awkward (her mum seriously annoyed me!) Stella has always played second fiddle to the men in her mothers life.
As the story progresses, Stella is drawn into things she has no control over. After the murder of a young pregnant girl, she begins to receive calls from a man saying he knows what happened and who is responsible. Stella sees it as her duty to find out what he knows and becomes deeply invested in finding out what the man knows. 
The second half of this book was absolutely brilliant and I was racing through the pages to find out what happens. 
Call Me Star Girl is one of my top reads this year so far. I haven't read any of Louise Beech's work before, but if Call Me Star Girl is a measure of the quality of her writing and story telling, I will look forward to reading more from her. If you are looking for a captivating and engrossing read, this is the book for you.

Thank you to Orenda books and Anne Cater for a digital copy of the book and inviting me to take part on the tour. 



  1. Massive thanks for the blog tour support Emma x

  2. Oooh this sounds GREAT! Right up my street. I love emotional and gripping books and especially when you can sympathise with the main character. You get so much more invested!


  3. I've not heard of this book but it sounds very interesting. The story sounds different and I love that you can get fully invested in it. I'm glad you enjoyed it and I may need to add it to my TBR. Thanks for sharing xx

  4. Great review I love Louise's books but haven't read this myself yet it's on my wishlist!

  5. This sounds so good! I love a thriller and this one sounds really gripping. I love the idea of it being a radio show, such a unique element x


  6. Play Misty for Me is one of my all-time favourite films, it was so unsettling and I think it paved the way for films like Fatal Attraction. So this book sounds right up my street, I'm definitely going to have to check it out - it would be perfect to take away with me at the end of the month. Brilliant review, Emma, thank you so much! X

    Lisa | www.lisasnotebook.com


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