She loves me. She loves me not.
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.
'The characters are so untrustworthy you wont know what to believe, but you won't put it down till you've found out. A superb debut' Sunday Mirror
'Cunningly constructed and gorgeously written, this is outstanding' Express
'It's a remarkable debut in the crowded psychological thriller field, written with great sureness of touch and tone' Times Crime Club
'Slickly claustrophobic, this arch story of obsessive, forbidden love taken to the extreme will have you squirming in your seat' Sarah Pinsborough
'Whip-smart, lushly written and truly page-turning ... Sarah Stovell is a thrilling talent' Holly Seddon
'A moving, gripping story ... twists keep coming till the very last page. I loved it' Erin Kelly
'Addictive, terrifying and beautifully written, Exquisite is up there with the best psychological thrillers I've ever read. F*****g awesome' Chris Whittaker
This dismal tale of obsession, cruelty, and betrayal from Stovell (Mothernight) charts the intense and lustful relationship that develops between Bo Luxton, a successful writer, and Alice Dark, a talented writing student. At a writers' conference in England's Lake District, Bo, who's happily married with two daughters, agrees to serve as a mentor to Alice, who lives with a freeloading boyfriend and has survived a horrendous childhood. As the bond between the two women grows, it becomes clear that Bo and Alice have the power to destroy more than their own two lives. Less clear is just who the victim is. Bo, the stronger personality, is manipulative and cunning, feeding Alice's obsession with her even as she tries to sever the connection. At one point, Bo muses, "She was so uncontainable, so open and so fragile. I knew she would never last." Alice does indeed pay a price, but so does Bo. Those expecting an unhappy ending won't be disappointed.