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The French Girl Hardcover – February 20, 2018
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Praise for The French Girl
“You shouldn’t have any trouble picking up Lexie Elliott’s debut novel, The French Girl. It comes with a warning, though, because you will definitely have trouble putting it down.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“The French Girl commands attention. The author provides the perfect dose of character development before unveiling eerie details from her cast's past, ensuring that we're properly unnerved when their lives begin to unravel.”—Associated Press
“The shifting dynamics within the group will keep the reader guessing until the end. First novelist Elliott has done a phenomenal job of combining a whodunit with a Big Chill vibe.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“A gripping mystery that delves into the past and the darker side of friendships, this book will have you questioning everything you think you know. The French Girl is a fantastic debut about tangled relationships, shifting perceptions, and the memories—and people—that haunt us. I was completely captivated from beginning to end.”—Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Stranger
“Scottish debut novelist Elliott, who holds a doctorate in theoretical physics from Oxford, launches a fiction-writing career with a smart, suspenseful thriller.”—Booklist
“A maelstrom of complicated friendships and shifting alliances. This addictive debut will keep you up late into the night!”—Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King's Daughter
About the Author
Lexie Elliott grew up in Scotland, at the foot of the Highlands. She graduated from Oxford University, where she obtained a doctorate in theoretical physics. A keen sportswoman, she works in fund management in London, where she lives with her husband and two sons. The rest of her time is spent writing, or thinking about writing, and juggling family life and sport.
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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 Thoughts: In Kate’s first person voice, we follow the story in The French Girl. A mystery, possibly a murder, and suspicion that turns friends against one another as the investigator zeroes in on them all. Set in London, the story takes us to the French countryside as the investigator continues his search for a killer.
Kate is literally haunted by Severine, seeing her in various poses as she goes through her days and nights. Do the hauntings hint that she knows more than she thinks? Can she figure out the truth of what happened? Or will she finally realize that her memories have been hidden from her for a reason?
There were many characters to loathe, like Caro, whose presence in Kate’s life these days is an annoying and disturbing reminder of those feelings.
What about Tom, who seems to know more than he is letting on? And then there is Lara, her best friend, who might be hiding something, too.
And, years after their stunning break-up, Kate has to look again at her relationship with Seb…wondering if there are dark secrets she hadn’t previously considered.
I figured out the perpetrator early on, but couldn’t wait to see how it would all play out. I couldn’t stop turning pages, and I enjoyed how Kate’s world seemed to right itself in the end. 4.5 stars.
I found the story to be a bit slow and predictable for me. I was really looking forward to a good mystery with great characters and a complicated plot with many twists and turns . the characters were not very well developed. I felt the most for Kate , who was the goodie two shoes of the bunch who constantly was haunted by the ghostly presence of Severine even after her murder was solved. Severine’s haunting really made no sense at the end of the book and you do not know anything about her to sympathize with her because you are never given any background about Severine as a character. The ending was disappointing because it was not really a logical ending. without including spoilers, I can write no more. I read the last few chapters better and I think it was because the author was trying to wrap up all the lose ends in a rushed way to finish. Please remember this is just my opinion. Someone else my find this a very well planned suspenseful novel.
I read one review wherein the reviewer said he/she knew who the murderer was from the beginning. I can't say that I was anywhere close to that clever. I kept changing my mind about who could've possibly done it and only figured it out when it was pretty apparent to all.
The ending didn't strike me as paranormal. I read a few reviews that seemed to find that portion of the ending disconcerting. I found it very easy to have explanations other than a paranormal experience or occurrence. If you enjoy a well-written book you will enjoy reading this book. The mystery and trying to figure out "who done it" is fun too. I just plain enjoyed reading this book. It was a well-written novel and had a nice even pace.
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The concept of the book was just great. A group of six friends take a vacation during their years in university and the...Read more