Exquisite by Sarah Stovell


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Bo Luxton has it all – a loving family, a beautiful home in the Lake District, and a clutch of bestselling books to her name. Enter Alice Dark, an aspiring writer who is drifting through life, with a series of dead-end jobs and a freeloading boyfriend. When they meet at a writers’ retreat, the chemistry is instant, and a sinister relationship develops … Or does it? Breathlessly pacey, taut and terrifying, Exquisite is a startlingly original and unbalancing psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last page.


This is a beautifully written thriller from a very talented author. I honestly struggled with how to rate this one as the prose just flows off the page and is truly impressive, however the storyline fell short for me.

This is a thriller, yes, but I would not say it is of the psychological variety. It is extremely slow moving and character driven – the author did a beautiful job of getting into the mind of some very damaged individuals. However, without giving away plot points and spoilers, the story was one that didn’t work for me. If you would like to discuss or would like to know specifics, feel free to message me as I try to keep things as spoiler free as possible here.

My favorite part of this book was that it accidentally ended up becoming a buddy read with fellow reviewer, Melissa, as we coincidentally ended up starting this one at the exact same time.

I seem to be in the minority here, there are mostly extremely glowing reviews for this book, so I encourage you to pick it up and let me know what you think!

Thank you to Netgalley, Sarah Stovell, and Orenda Books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

3 stars



  1. Holly B / Dressedtoread · October 17, 2017

    Lovely review, a difficult read for me. I know so many others loved it though!


    • thebookcollective · October 17, 2017

      Thanks! Seems to be split right down the middle with everyone who read it around the same time we did.


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