Book Review–The French Girl by Lexie Elliot

I know I was supposed to post a blog yesterday but it was raining and thundering. AND we are still under lockdown.

So today, I will be doing a thriller review on The French Girl, the debut book of Lexie Elliot.

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Everyone has a secret…

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. 

But after a huge altercation on the last night of the holiday, Kate Channing 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. 

A decade later, the case is reopened when Severine’s body is found behind the farmhouse. Questioned along with her friends, Kate stands to lose everything she’s worked so hard to achieve as suspicion mounts all around her. Desperate to resolve her unreliable memories and fearful she will be forever bound to the memory of the woman who still haunts her, Kate finds herself entangled within layers of deception with no one to set her free….

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (February 20, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • Genre:- Psychological Thriller
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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.

So I was curious about this book probably of this Girl word and when I saw this book at the bookstore last week, I immediately bought this book. I manage to finish this book within one week!

P.S. There is some bits and parts from the book so SPOILER ALERT

So in a nutshell, the story is about six British graduates who goes to France for a vacation and meets a French girl named Severine. But a day before they were leaving, Severine disappears mysteriously. The six British graduates return back to their country and then move on with their lives. Then a decade later, Severine’s remains are found in a well and then the investigation is open, making each of these six a suspect.

The story is told from the perspective of Kate Channings, one of those six graduates. She immediately gets haunted by the ghost of Severine when she heard the news about finding Severine’s remains. The story mostly focused around Kate and the other five, Seb, Tom, Lara, Caro (Theo was the other one who died in Afghanistan), the relationships between each of them and the secrets that each of them had on that fateful night. This story is mainly for the mature audience as it talks about drugs and sex as well.

So let’s begin with the ones I like about the book.

  • The story is interesting overall and by the middle of the book, I was so interested in actually which of these people actually killed Severine on that night.
  • The story is somewhat realistic as well.
  • The author uses simple English and phrases making the reader understand.
  • It was intriguing and will make the reader feel at the edge of the seat.
  • It was also interesting to see that the main protagonist Kate was also the prime suspect of the story due to the fact that her then boyfriend slept with Severine the day they broke up.

Now I will tell the things that I didn’t really like about the book.

  • To me the ending was a bit vague–I feel that the ending was a bit rush.
  • It was at first slow paced though in the middle, it started to grow it’s momentum

Overall, I rate this book as four stars!

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