My rating: 3.5 Stars
I was lost in the grassy, weedy lush coulee reading The French Girl with seven of my Traveling Sisters and we ended up in different sides of the coulee at the end of this story.
The French Girl is an entertaining and fun slow moving maze of secrets and lies involving a messy mix of relationships between six friends, who on a summer vacation in France when they meet their neighbor Severine who goes missing. Things get even messier when 10 years later her remains are found.
Lexie Elliott does a really good job here with the dynamics between our main character Kate and her friends. Kate is an interesting narrator and we could see how she develops over time and see how her perspective changes as the investigation into Severine’s death causes her to look back to the weeks in France. Severine begins to haunt her and some of us really enjoyed that supernatural element to the story that added some fun to the story.
While some us were quite happy tangled up in the grassy coulee and liking the dynamics between these friends and enjoying the easy, mindless but interesting and entertaining story, two of my TS were tangled in the weeds and wondering why they didn’t struggle their way out of the coulee.
Published on February 20, 2018
Thank you Edelweiss, Berkley Publishing Group and Lexie Elliott for a copy to read and review.
This is not a book that’s going to grab you in the first page…or even the first chapter for that matter. It’s a slow burn that builds in intensity as the storyline progresses. Before long you will be hooked and anxious to see how it all plays out!
Then: Ten years ago – there were six friends enjoying a much needed break from their studies at Oxford, choosing to vacation at a quaint farmhouse in France.
By the end of their holiday someone is missing
Now: Ten years later, the remaining group of five have re-convened. This, after learning the remains of their missing friend Severine have been found in the bottom of a well in France…at the farmhouse.
The investigation is now reopened….
Kate is trying her best to move forward and put the past behind her. To forget what happened all those years ago. Only Severine won’t let her. Severine? Kate is haunted by the ghost of her dearest friend showing up at any given moment. These were my favorite parts of the book – when Severine would appear.
This is not a book that “wowed” me, but I did get drawn in and ultimately enjoyed it. I was hoping for a little more from the ending (just my twisted thinking) but overall it came together.
If you’re looking for a light, easy thriller then this might be the perfect read for you!
As always a fantastic traveling sister read!:)
Thank you to NetGalley, Berkley Publishing Group and Lexie Elliott for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.
This novel revolves around six friends. Ten years ago they vacationed in a farmhouse in France where their week of leisure ended with the disappearance of the “mademoiselle next door”. They were all questioned as they were the last people to see her before she vanished. A decade later, the unsolved case has new evidence and the friends are put back in the spotlight of the investigation as they were the last to see her alive.
I enjoyed this slow burning psychological thriller. It was an easy, enjoyable, undemanding read that I quickly devoured. It was the exact type of uncomplicated novel that I was craving. While there were aspects of the storyline that seemed a bit far-fetched, I was able to look past those things and simply roll with the flow of the book.
I thought this was impressive for a debut novel and I would definitely be interested in reading more from this author.
A big thank you to Edelweiss, Berkley Books and Lexie Elliott for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!