Author: Lexie Elliott
Genre: Crime / Psychological Thriller
Format: Paperback 304 pages
Release Date: 6 December 2018
I won this book as part of a twitter giveaway. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
It was meant to be the perfect holiday for six British gradates. But then she arrived, lithe and tanned, by the pool one hot afternoon. Severine – the girl next door. As her beauty captivates each of them, tensions begin to boil over, and years of jealousy and longing rise to the surface. And then she disappears.
A decade later, Severine’s body is found. For Kate Channing, the discovery brings up more than just unwelcome memories. As the layers of deception reveal themselves and police suspicion mounts, Kate must ask if she really wants to know what happened to the French girl…
The way the author chose to write this book is rather interesting because although the main event of this story happened in a French villa some years ago, we actually spend very little reading time in this time period. The majority of the book is actually set some years after the event when the body of the missing neighbour, Severine, is found. The French police then decide to pick up the investigation and we follow the events through the investigation as they happen.
For me personally I found the plot at times rather slow going and there seemed to be a lot of ‘gap-filling’ where I felt I was reading just waiting for the next stone to drop in the mystery of who killed Severine. However, I do love a story where there are multiple possibilities for who did something and this book provided that in spades. There are six friends, all who potentially had the oppertunity, but who had the motive? And that right there is the big mystery which kept me reading to the end.
I didn’t guess who the killer was, but when all is revealed at the end it was one of those ‘ah ha’ moments’ where I felt like I should have seen it coming all along. The main character we follow is Kate Channing, who for some reason I didn’t really feel I connected with. However, I was still curious to find out whether or not she would be in the mix as the killer.
Although this wasn’t my favourite thriller read, it still kept me guessing and reading to the end. This is one of those reads that would make a nice easy thriller to read by the pool maybe, or something to curl up with when it’s a grey day outside.
About the Author
Lexie Elliott has been writing for as long as she can remember, but she began to focus on it more seriously after she lost her banking job in 2009 due to the Global Financial Crisis. After some success in short story competitions, she began planning a novel. With two kids and a (new) job, it took some time for that novel to move from her head to the page, but the result was The French Girl, which will be published by Berkley in February 2018 – available to pre-order on Amazon now!
When she’s not writing, Lexie can be found running, swimming or cycling whilst thinking about writing. In 2007 she swam the English Channel solo. She won’t be doing that again. In 2015 she ran 100km, raising money for Alzheimer Scotland. She won’t be doing that again either. But the odd triathlon or marathon isn’t out of the question.
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