I’m thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for Call Me Star Girl. I read this book over the Christmas holidays and it blew me away. Thank you Karen Sullivan for giving me a great Christmas present! And thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in the tour.
Stirring up secrets can be deadly … especially if they’re yours…
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 fourteen 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 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…
This is a story told by mother, Elizabeth, and daughter, Stella, both now and then. I’d like to say they have a wonderful bond but Elizabeth walked out of her daughter’s life when Stella was 12.
It’s a story about secrets and lies and ultimately, truth.
But more than anything, it’s a story about love.
Stella McKeever has taken to the airwaves for her last radio show. It’s been a turbulent few weeks in West Hull after the murder of a pregnant young woman. Stella’s final theme is secrets and she wants her listeners to ring in. In particular, she wants the man who claims to know who her murderer is to call her.
The story weaves between the past and present of Stella and Elizabeth’s lives. To think of it in musical terms, the narratives are the melody over the ever-present bass of the final radio show. The tension is palpable and never lets up, building to a crescendo. But it’s the small details and touches that bring magic to this book – the perfume bottle with the star-shaped stopper, Stella’s pink socks and a chopping board that has to be in the right place.
Call Me Star Girl made me smile, cry and gasp. But most of all it swept me away from the real world into a radio studio, late at night, with just one solitary person in the building. Louise Beech gets better and better each time. Call Me Star Girl has earned its place in my top ten reads for 2019.
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Louise’s short stories have won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting twice for the Bridport Prize and being published in a variety of UK magazines. Her first play, Afloat, was performed at Hull Truck Theatre in 2012. She also wrote a ten-year newspaper column for the Hull Daily Mail.
Her debut novel, How to Be Brave, was a Guardian Readers’ pick in 2015. The Sunday Mirror called Maria in the Moon quirky, darkly comic, original and heartfelt, and The Lion Tamer Who Lost was described as ‘engrossing and captivating’ by the Daily Express.