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When two writers meet at a retreat, the chemistry is instant, and they begin a sinister relationship … or do they? An exquisitely tense, twisty She Said/She Said psychological thriller from number one bestselling author Sarah Stovell…

***The Times BOOK OF THE MONTH***
***Telegraph BOOK OF THE YEAR***

‘Slickly claustrophobic, this arch story of obsessive, forbidden love taken to the extreme will have you squirming in your seat’ Sarah Pinborough

‘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


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' The Times

‘Addictive, terrifying and beautifully written, Exquisite is up there with the best psychological thrillers I’ve ever read. Fucking awesome’ Chris Whittaker

‘Sarah Stovell writes beautifully’ Essie Fox

‘Beautifully written and perfectly twisted, I was sucked deeply into the intertwined worlds of Alice and Bo and found myself reading through my fingers, compelled yet terrified at what the outcome might be…’ Susi Holliday

‘I bloody loved it. So clever, so beautifully written, such brilliant characterisation and THAT ENDING!’ Lisa Hall

‘Beautifully written, atmospheric and sexy’ Cass Green

‘A dark, sensual and twisted character study, rife with murky motivations and sinister revelations … hard to put down’ Foreword Reviews

‘Kept me reading long into the night … a majestic debut and utterly compelling’ James MacManus, TLS

‘The characters are untrustworthy so you won’t know what to believe. But you won’t be able to put the book down until you find out’ Sunday People

‘An alarming novel: infuriating at times, appalling, even frightening, and always a page-turner’ Shots Mag

‘Beautifully written, gripping and utterly believable’ Crime Review

‘A psychological thriller that will simply blow your mind’ New Books Magazine

‘If you’re looking for a new and exciting psychological thriller that’s packed with unexpected twists, Exquisite won’t disappoint’ CultureFly

  • Publisher: Orenda Books
  • ISBN: 9781910633748
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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A massive contender for psychological thriller of the year.
Exquisite is published by Orenda Books. What that means to me is that, whether or not I love the book, the writing will always be top notch. And so it is w... READ MORE
Mary Picken
Psychological thriller set in the LAKE DISTRICT
I took this novel to read whilst staying in The Lake District. Sitting high on the Fells, overlooking the vast panorama of richly coloured hills, I would l... READ MORE
Addictive psychological thriller.
Exquisite the debut psychological thriller by Sarah Stovell is not just as the title says but this just exceptional. It is a precise and powerful thriller ... READ MORE
John Fish
Psychological thriller about problematic love
This novel deals with two women: a 40-year old successful author, living in the Lake District with her husband and two children, enters into a mentoring ... READ MORE
An Exquisite Read
Exquisite has been called a perfect literary thriller, but do not allow that to put you off, as it is so much better, this is a psychological thriller that... READ MORE
a chilling and disturbing story
Whilst it may seem that I have come to this book very late, for me that made it far easier to enjoy as I was not swayed by anyone else’s views nor do I rem... READ MORE
Mandie Griffiths
Savvy Smart from beginning to last word
Dear readers Exquisite is savvy and smart from beginning to the last word. Bo Luxton and Alice Dark have an affair. Bo writes novels and she fancied Alic... READ MORE
Exquisite is exactly that, exquisite. There has been a lot of excitement and hype over this book of late and I can tell you now; every compliment and ever... READ MORE
Outstanding - loved it!
“Exquisite” by name “Exquisite” by nature! I found this brilliant book to be utterly outstanding and so aptly named! I LOVED this compelling, addictive a... READ MORE
A Mother’s Musings
Exquisite debut
The cover to this debut from Sarah Stovell is as the title says exquisite – when I saw a screen shot of it some months ago on Twitter, I loved it!! Dark an... READ MORE
C Knight