Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech (Orenda Books)

I am always excited when I hear about a new Louise Beech book release. Since her first novel How To Be Brave, Beech has consistently written beautiful novels that pull at every possible emotion throughout. I had no doubt that Call Me Star Girl would be just as amazing.

Here’s the blurb:

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… 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…

I have come to expect Beech’s novel’s to take me on a journey into the life of someone who is strong, yet fragile, with a complexity of emotional baggage that defines their life no matter how much they try to reject it. In a series of flashbacks, from the perspectives of multiple characters, a picture is built up of Stella’s life in the build up to her final show, her vulnerabilities, her strengths, and the origins of these traits. Beech lays out a jigsaw of emotional pieces for the reader to put together and as always, the narrative is clever, unexpected and jam-packed with poignant, tear-jerking scenes.

What I absolutely love about Beech’s novels is that each novel is unique in plot, structure and hits a multitude of different genres in each book. In Call Me Star Girl, there’s elements of mystery, crime, ghost, romance, domestic noir and even a little erotica. I love that I can’t categorise it as this genre or that genre, but as a stunningly crafted work of art that ticks every box of the perfect read checklist.

Every so often, an author comes along that has the ability to blow you away with every single piece of literature that they offer up. Beech is undoubtedly one of those authors. Despite knowing to expect a rollercoaster ride from her previous novels, there’s many twists, turns and loop-the-loops that the reader just isn’t prepared for. Every.Single.Novel. Beech has an extraordinary skill for creating the perfect novel time and time again, and she is the author whose novel I look out for each time I hear that a new one is released. She is undoubtedly jewel in the Orenda Books crown. Call Me Star Girl is a wonderful addition to Louise Beech’s masterpieces and I cannot recommend it enough.