Arc Review: The French Girl

The French GirlThe French Girl By Lexie Elliott

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Adult
Pages: 304 pages
Release Date: February 20th 2018
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group

Plot: They were six university students from Oxford–friends and sometimes more than friends–spending an idyllic week together in a French farmhouse. It was supposed to be the perfect summer getaway–until they met Severine, the girl next door.

For Kate Channing, Severine was an unwelcome presence, her inscrutable beauty undermining the close-knit group’s loyalties amid the already simmering tensions. And after a huge altercation on the last night of the holiday, Kate knew nothing would ever be the same. There are some things you can’t forgive, and there are some people you can’t forget, like Severine, who was never seen again.

Now, a decade later, the case is reopened when Severine’s body is found in the well behind the farmhouse. Questioned along with her friends, Kate stands to lose everything she’s worked so hard to achieve as suspicion mounts around her. Desperate to resolve her own shifting memories and fearful she will be forever bound to the woman whose presence still haunts her, Kate finds herself buried under layers of deception with no one to set her free.

My Review: I’ve been reading a lot of thrillers lately and they haven’t been doing it for me. So I was excited when I started The French Girl and it actually held my interest. I actually wanted to keep reading it!

The story is about a girl named Kate. She gets a call from her friend, Tom. Years ago they went away for a week with 4 other friends to a French farmhouse. The french girl next door, Severine, ends up missing on their last day. Now back to the present. The case has just been re-opened because Severine’s body was found in the well behind the farmhouse they stayed at. Now Kate is forced to focus on the past when she’s focusing on the present she’s worked so hard to obtain.

I ended up enjoying the story a lot. It ended up being a bit slow paced. However the writing drew me in. I was dying to know what actually happened to Severine. I did have some guesses. Some of my guesses were right which I was proud of. However I was off about what actually happened the last night at the farmhouse.

I also really enjoyed all the characters in the story. Kate was the main character. She’s honest and very hardworking. She recently opened up her own company. She she has to deal with that on top of being questioned for the murder. I really enjoyed her interacts with her friends. They’re all trying to find out who did it. So they’re always questioning each other. The main character finds it hard to trust them. Therefore you the reader find it hard to trust them as well. So the whole time I found myself suspecting one person then I wasn’t sure and was suspecting another person. So it was fun seeing that play out.

Overall I found this to be an enjoyable book. Sure I found things a little predictable at times but I still enjoyed the story. Some of my guesses were right and others were wrong. I was completely surprised by that ending. So it was nice seeing that unfold. This is a Lexie Elliott’s first book. I will be checking out more from her in the future.

*Thank you so much Netgalley for providing me with an early copy of this book for my honest opinion.*


Make sure to check out The French Girl coming out February 20th 2018.

Have you gotten a chance to read this one early? If so, what are your thoughts on it? If you haven’t will you be picking this up on the 20th?

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