Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech

Genre: Crime
Source: Orenda Books
Rating: 4/5


About The Book

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…

My Thoughts

Call Me Star Girl had been a slow-paced delightful read, with some curious characters and a very special night to remember for a long time. Ready for Stella’s show?
Louise Beech always surprise the readers with her stories, this one is a dark noir story with only 4 characters on it, but with a complex relation between them which makes the story full of shadows and personality.
Stella, our main character is obsessed with a crime committed near her work, she is receiving anonymous phone calls regarding the case and is ready to discover the truth on her last day of work at the radio station. While we know more about Stella’s character, we will meet her partner and her mother. Tom is not a character I would say I liked, he seems to be a strange person with some dark thoughts, but I can not deny that she loves Stella. And Stella’s mother maybe is the one I was more troubled to understand, she left Stella when she was 12 and now has returned to her life, but will she leave her again or is she staying for good?
This is a book to make us re-think our relation with our parents and partners, how much do we really love them and how much we would sacrifice for the love of our life; everything or nothing?
This is one of those books that you will love or hate, there’s not a middle point, the story has some dark situations but even if the situation is strange, the characters and their actions are totally in line with the story, even me that I would probably never act like Stella, I was not shocked by the ending but pleased with it.
Give a chance to Stella and let Call Me Star Girl enchant you.

About The Author

Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. The follow-up, The Mountain in My Shoe was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Both of her previous books Maria in the Moon and The Lion Tamer Who Lost were widely reviewed, critically acclaimed and number-one bestsellers on Kindle. The Lion Tamer Who Lost was shortlisted for the RNA Most Popular Romantic Novel Award in 2019. Her short fiction has won the
Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice. Louise lives with her husband on the outskirts of Hull, and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012.