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 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…
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 single chapter gives you something else to consider- at the heart of this too is a complex, layered and absolutely resonant mother daughter relationship that will touch your reading soul.
There is nothing about this book that I didn’t adore, even as it traumatised me, even as I devoured it then wished I hadn’t so it would all be shiny new once more.
Call Me Star Girl is the black and white movie era in literary form, a gem of a novel that deserves cult status.
Absolutely highly recommended. Not a single beautiful word wasted.