Author: Louise Beech
Published: April 2019 by Orenda Books
Category: Psychological, Contemporary Fiction, Book Review
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.
I’ve read so many positive reviews and praise for Louise Beech’s writing that I have several of her, yet unread, books on my shelves. Call Me Star Girl is my first experience and I have to say the praise wasn’t exaggerated. The story exudes tension and atmosphere, with subtle twists and sudden surprises heightening the feelings of uncertainty and suspense.
The setting is a deserted, except for one presenter, radio station late at night, adding to the already pervading mood. Stella McKeever has made up her mind this will be her last ever radio show and she wants to make it memorable by asking the listeners to share their secrets. In return Stella will share her own.
Running through the narrative is the unsolved murder, in a nearby alley, of a young, pregnant woman, Victoria Valbon. And who was the unknown man who keeps calling Stella, insisting he knows who killed Victoria and has proof. Then there is the mystery of someone unknown leaving a book for Stella in the foyer of the radio station. The book was written by Harland Grey, a convicted murderer who killed a girl on camera during the making of a movie.
What did it mean? Who the hell had left it there? Why?
Stella, this will tell you everything.
Presenters often receive weird things in the post, but someone had been in the building and delivered this by hand. Tonight. How had they got in? I hadn’t heard the door slam. You need a code to enter the building.Maybe it was just one of the other presenters messing around. But why would they?
The lights buzzed and flickered. I held my breathWhat was everything? Exhaled when they settled. I would not be spooked by a trickster.