The French Girl

The French Girl

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 alr...

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The French Girl Reviews

  • Deanna

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    3.5 Stars

    was the first thing I read when I looked at the cover of the book. Then I flipped the book over and saw…

    Both of those sentences intrigued me and I was excited to get reading.

    Six friends from University spend a blissful week on holiday in a French farmhouse. It’s

    a perfect week….

    Well except for the fact that “

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    3.5 Stars

    was the first thing I read when I looked at the cover of the book. Then I flipped the book over and saw…

    Both of those sentences intrigued me and I was excited to get reading.

    Six friends from University spend a blissful week on holiday in a French farmhouse. It’s

    a perfect week….

    Well except for the fact that “

    ” they met, disappeared without a trace right after they left to go home to Britain.

    Ten years later…

    When Tom calls Kate, she realizes it’s been awhile since they last spoke. When he asks if she remembers “that summer”, she knows immediately what he’s talking about…

    Kate isn’t really all that concerned. She’s focused on getting her legal head-hunter business off the ground. But as it turns out, Kate should be concerned. The French police are re-opening the case now that Severine’s body has been found. They want to talk to the group of friends again, since they were apparently the last people to see her.

    Kate feels like Severine is haunting her….Kate knows she’s not really there but even thinking about Severine stirs up memories…. unwanted memories.

    And it seems that the investigator from the French police, Monsieur Alain Moden keeps showing up and asking some hard questions. He says it’s just procedure…but then keeps popping up unexpectedly asking even more questions and making accusations. The group of friends all seem to have different memories of that holiday and they all have their own secrets…

    Why did they argue the last night of their holiday? What are they hiding?

    Over time things change and you may not remember them in the way they actually happened. Is it memory loss or deception disguised that way?

    “The French Girl” was a slow paced but interesting read. The plot was good; I just wish it was a bit heavier on the suspense. All in all a good debut novel that has me looking forward to more from Lexie Elliott.

    Thank you, Berkley Books for providing an advanced readers copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review.

  • Melissa

    I know what you're thinking,

    ? If you’re anything like me, a reader with a nauseating amount of

    books earmarked as disappointments, you might’ve cringed when

    hit your eyeline. Cue the resounding groan. But wait, turns out—maybe I shouldn’t be so quick to judge a book by its title—this is one

    that proves to be worthwhile, for the most part. I'm not saying there's

    greatness within these pages, but it's entertaining.

    I have a feeling

    I know what you're thinking,

    ? If you’re anything like me, a reader with a nauseating amount of

    books earmarked as disappointments, you might’ve cringed when

    hit your eyeline. Cue the resounding groan. But wait, turns out—maybe I shouldn’t be so quick to judge a book by its title—this is one

    that proves to be worthwhile, for the most part. I'm not saying there's

    greatness within these pages, but it's entertaining.

    I have a feeling

    won’t work for

    . In fact, there might be quite a few readers who opt to throw in the towel, simply because of the pacing. Typically, I get bored easily and struggle with slower paced reads, but for some reason, not this time—

    . The tempo is pretty even-keeled throughout and there are a few side stories—namely Kate’s fledgling headhunter firm—that detract from the main focus of the story, but I actually found myself enraptured.

    Despite the slow pacing,

    . Six friends spent a week in the French countryside, ten years earlier, to celebrate their farewell to university life, and the trip ended with their neighbor—

    —disappearing. Now, a decade later, it’s the discovery of the girl's body that sparks an investigation and lures these estranged friends back together. What

    happened that fateful night?

    Where I found

    's method to be successful was in casting doubt. Among the slow burning embers there were sparks of truth and tidbits of information sprinkled in that skewed my perception of what might have happened and who was involved. There was constant questioning on my part, even when the story veered off into unrelated and unneeded distraction territory.

    Where this slow burn failed to deliver was the ending. A sluggishly-paced storyline like this one demands something impactful—a strong conclusion with a punch of shock or a jaw-dropping twist. Don’t get me wrong, what happens isn't horrible by any means, but it could and should have been so much

    .

    's failure to knock me off-kilter felt like somewhat of a missed opportunity and the difference between what I would consider a memorable standout and an enjoyable, but forgettable experience.

    Issues aside, I liked this author's writing enough to consider giving her the opportunity to really wow me with her next novel.

  • Susanne Strong

    Severine was the mademoiselle next store: her body was found. She was loved, and hated. Was one of the 6 responsible for her death? None of them initially think so. But then doubt is cast. Tension ensues. No one is left unscathed.

    Severine was the mademoiselle next store: her body was found. She was loved, and hated. Was one of the 6 responsible for her death? None of them initially think so. But then doubt is cast. Tension ensues. No one is left unscathed.

    Lexie Elliot’s “The French Girl” is a book about old friends, some who don’t even like each other, yet they are bound together: by gossip, jealousy and secrets.

    Kate, her old friend Tom and Severine intrigued me. I just had to know. How and why. I had my suspicions. You will have yours. I will say that I wanted and expected a little more, given that burn I felt deep inside. That being said, this book is worth the read. It is worth diving in. This girl is really darn interesting so give her a chance my friends, once you do, I want to hear about it.

    Thank you to Edelweiss, Penguin Publishing Group and Lexie Elliot for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

    Published on Edelweiss, Goodreads, Amazon, Twitter and Instagram on 11.16.17.

  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister

    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!

    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.

    Ten years later, the remaining group

    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!

    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.

    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.

    For this review and our full Traveling Sister Review please visit Brenda and Norma’s fabulous blog:

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister

    3.5 stars

    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

    3.5 stars

    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.

    This was a Traveling Sister read and it was a fun experience to discuss and speculate along the way! To find this review, along with the other Traveling Sister Read reviews, please visit Brenda and Norma’s fabulous blog at:

    A big thank you to Edelweiss, Berkley Books and Lexie Elliott for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  • Diane S ☔

    2.5 They find her body in a well, Severine, the girl next door to the farmhouse where a group of college friends were staying. Ten years after they were first questioned by the police, when it was just a missing persons case. For Kate it was a difficult Remembrance, because it is after that they she and Seb parted, by his request. Now a policeman from France is coming to question them once again. What secrets are being hidden and who in the group knows the fate of the French girl?

    What this book

    2.5 They find her body in a well, Severine, the girl next door to the farmhouse where a group of college friends were staying. Ten years after they were first questioned by the police, when it was just a missing persons case. For Kate it was a difficult Remembrance, because it is after that they she and Seb parted, by his request. Now a policeman from France is coming to question them once again. What secrets are being hidden and who in the group knows the fate of the French girl?

    What this book wasn't: It was not very suspenseful for one. Second, these people showed very little growth of character, acting more like they were still back in their college days, than the age they actually were now. Although there is a ghost or spirit of the murdered French girl I could never quite figure out why she was even there, it wasn't eerie at all. It wasn't convincing, I sussed out the killer and the reason quite early.

    It was, however, thankfully a rather quick read and it was another sisters read with our usual wonderful discussions, though Jan and I were the outliers in the group who liked it much better than we two. It happens and may happen for you. Always best to form your own opinion on each and every book.

    ARC from Edelweiss.

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    I'm consistently intrigued by books with a premise of wonderful experiences gone awry, and that's exactly what 

     promises. We see this set up more times than not in psychological thrillers today; a group of college friends plan some sort of vacation and something bad happens-usually a murder, or a sexual assault, or perhaps a kidnapping. In this case, it's a disappearance where the body turns up a decade after the fact and the group begins to get antsy. Obviously someone is hiding

    I'm consistently intrigued by books with a premise of wonderful experiences gone awry, and that's exactly what 

     promises. We see this set up more times than not in psychological thrillers today; a group of college friends plan some sort of vacation and something bad happens-usually a murder, or a sexual assault, or perhaps a kidnapping. In this case, it's a disappearance where the body turns up a decade after the fact and the group begins to get antsy. Obviously someone is hiding something, but just how many someones are involved?

      Lucky for us, those pesky police continue to show up, poke around, and not let the past stay buried!

    I was rightly informed ahead of time to expect a slow burn type of pacing here. This is 100% true, and for some readers this will be a deal breaker. It isn't the type of psychological thriller that's begins slowly and then gradually picks up steam; 

     keeps an especially reluctant groove that loiters in some moments and almost stops full tilt in others. I particularly enjoy a good character driven, lackadaisical novel, but this was a little slow even for my liking.

    were tied to the lack of suspense this caused which led into a fairly predictable plot. Readers who aren't as tied to the mystery/suspense/thriller genre likely won't find that last portion an issue, and if you are generally pleased with most mainstream, commercial thrillers of the psychological variety you'll probably enjoy this one even more than I did.

    While I did experience the above issues, it's also fair to note that, as a debut piece of fiction, the writing here was

    . I found myself getting lost in some of the memories and moments where Kate is feeling haunted by Severine. These parts were the strongest and most fascinating, and I found myself looking forward to these portions the most. I'm highly intrigued by Elliott's writing and will certainly be awaiting her sophomore novel; girl's got talent! Recommended to readers who enjoy a fascinating slow burn with insightful characters.

  • karen

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    i’m in the minority with my unenthusiastic response to this one, so feel free to dismiss my opinion outright. because not only did i read it wrong, apparently, but i was so dismayed at not having the same happy fun time with it as all the other readers that i put off writing my review and now it is many months and many books later and i can’t make sense of my notes, nor remember much about what wasn’t working for me here.

    what i do remember is probably not helpful to someone read

    NOW AVAILABLE!!!

    i’m in the minority with my unenthusiastic response to this one, so feel free to dismiss my opinion outright. because not only did i read it wrong, apparently, but i was so dismayed at not having the same happy fun time with it as all the other readers that i put off writing my review and now it is many months and many books later and i can’t make sense of my notes, nor remember much about what wasn’t working for me here.

    what i do remember is probably not helpful to someone reading the finished copy, but there were a lot of typos in the arc that were distracting. not the misspelling/unclosed parentheses kinds, but the “this is not the word you want” kinds, where “discreet” was used in place of “discrete” and “prevaricate” instead of “procrastinate,” etc. which wouldn’t even be worth mentioning ordinarily, since arcs always have a few errors and they’re usually caught and corrected during the editorial passes made before pub date, but there were more than usual this time, and the nature of them strikes me as more of a writing issue than a copyediting issue. so it's worth bringing up because i had another problem with the writing that may or may not be related - i’m not sure if it was an oversight now corrected or a deliberate writerly decision, but there was a lot of repetition in this book; words or phrases that would recur in too-close proximity - either within a few sentences or in the following paragraph, and it made for an unpleasant echo effect that

    distracted me, pulling me out of the story.

    these are minor quibbles, but if they affect the reader’s engagement in the story, they matter. a strong novel can recover from a reader’s attention-lapses. this one wasn’t giving me enough zazz to prevent me from noticing its missteps, whether they were arc-specific missteps or not.

    maybe i’ve read too many books about groups of friends with seeeecrets, but this one was a little too slow and a little to predictable for me. i wasn’t interested in any of the romantic entanglements, past or present, so all of that anxious hand-wringing was wasted on me.

    the struggles of kate’s legal headhunting firm were even less interesting to me than who was kissing whom, and do not get me started on that ghost. there was just a lot of clutter weighing down what was already a slow-paced book.

    so, yeah, i read it wrong and it was a low three stars for me, although i kind of dug the unexpected resolution. not the who/why/howdunnit, because that was no shocker, but the fallout for the guilty party - an interesting choice, there.

    so i'm grateful, as always, for the opportunity to read a book early, and i am even more grateful that i now have a pair of sunglasses that accurately informs curious passers-by of my gender and ancestry.

    ************************************

    a fancy book package???

    don't mind if i do!!

  • Carol (Bookaria)

    Ten years ago, a group of college friends spent a few vacation days in a farmhouse in France. When they returned back to Oxford they learned that Severine, the girl next door from the place they stayed, had disappeared. Ten years later, Severine body is found and the investigation is reopened.

    The book is narrated from the point of view of Kate, she was one of the college friends that went to the farmhouse vacation.

    I found the story to be slow-paced. The novel focused on the friendship and rela

    Ten years ago, a group of college friends spent a few vacation days in a farmhouse in France. When they returned back to Oxford they learned that Severine, the girl next door from the place they stayed, had disappeared. Ten years later, Severine body is found and the investigation is reopened.

    The book is narrated from the point of view of Kate, she was one of the college friends that went to the farmhouse vacation.

    I found the story to be slow-paced. The novel focused on the friendship and relationship dynamics of the group of young professionals being investigated.

    My favorite character was Modan, the detective from France. I would've love to have the novel narrated from his point of view.

    Overall, I liked the novel and recommend it to readers of mysteries and contemporary fiction.

  • Meredith

    is an

    about a group of six friends who have to deal with the repercussions of the disappearance of the “mademoiselle next door” during their vacation to the French countryside

    is an

    about a group of six friends who have to deal with the repercussions of the disappearance of the “mademoiselle next door” during their vacation to the French countryside years ago.

    Fast Forward to the present: When the missing girl’s body is found 10 years later, 5 of the friends reunite in London. Accusations and tensions are at all time high, leading one friend, Kate Channing, questioning what she thought she knew. What Kate comes to discover is that while her eyes were open regarding some of her friends, she has been blind to others.She begins questioning her memory, and a times one starts to wonder if she’s fully sane.

    What I liked about

    is that it is told from only Kate’s perspective vs. all who were on the ill fated trip. Although it deals with an event that took place in the past, the narrative stays in the present. Unlike so many recent psychological thrillers, there were no flashbacks with reveals here and there or a new reveal offered when a new POV was shared. This element was quite refreshing! I also liked that the ending wasn’t neatly wrapped up, but at the same time I found the reveal of the murderer lacking.

    I almost put this down when I first started reading it. I was disinterested and my mind would wander--rather than pay attention to the dynamics of the storyline, I kept thinking about what I was going to read next. However, the writing is strong, and Kate’s captivating voice and her friendships with Tom and Lara kept me invested. If you don’t enjoy books without much action, don’t read this. However, if you enjoy well-written character studies with a little bit of a mystery mixed in then check this out!

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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