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The French Girl They were six university students from Oxford friends and sometimes than friends spending an idyllic week together in a French farmhouse It was supposed to be the perfect summer getaway until they met

  • Title: The French Girl
  • Author: Lexie Elliott
  • ISBN: 9780399586934
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Hardcover
  • They were six university students from Oxford friends and sometimes 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 alrThey were six university students from Oxford friends and sometimes 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 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.

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    About "Lexie Elliott"

    1. Lexie Elliott

      Lexie Elliott has been writing for as long as she can remember, but she began to focus on it 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 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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    1. 3.75 stars I know what you re thinking, another girl If you re anything like me, a reader with a nauseating amount of girl books earmarked as disappointments, you might ve cringed when The French Girl 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 girl that proves to be worthwhile, for the most part I m not saying there s Gone Girl greatness within these pages, but it s entertaining I have a feeling The French [...]


    2. My reviews can also be seen at deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr3.5 Stars We all have our secrets was the first thing I read when I looked at the cover of the book Then I flipped the book over and saw You ll never look at your friends the same way again 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 almost a perfect week.Well except for the fact that the mademoiselle next door they met, dis [...]


    3. I m consistently intrigued by books with a premise of wonderful experiences gone awry, and that s exactly what The French Girl promises We see this set up 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 somethin [...]


    4. 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 [...]


    5. 3.5 This is not a book that s going to grab you in the first pageor 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 ha [...]


    6. 3.5 StarsI found the French Girl to be a polarizing read At times I was completely captivated, and then there were times when I was bored out of my mind, waiting for something to happen I almost gave up on this one, but in the end I am glad I pushed through The French Girl is an extremely SLOW moving psychological thriller 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 a [...]


    7. 4 Stars The French Girl A Slow Burning, yet Addicting Read.A Group of 6 friends from Uni are brought back together 10 years after a tragedy because a young French girl s body is found, and they are the prime suspects 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 Kate Channing, one of the six, and is Inspector Modan s main [...]


    8. 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 [...]


    9. 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 relations [...]


    10. 3.5 expect the unexpected stars to The French Girl 1 2Be forewarned thriller lovers, The French Girl moves along at its her own pace At the heart of this story was the interesting dynamics of a group of friends and a possible murder They spent a summer together in France, and the girl next door disappeared Were any of the friends involved, and what happened to Severine I suspected everyone while reading this, and I doubted each of my theories I wish the book had gone out with a big bang, but it [...]


    11. 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, [...]


    12. Ten years ago Kate Channing and five of her friends had spent the week together in a French farmhouse The trip was supposed to be the perfect getaway for the group and that was when they met Severine, the girl next door For Kate Severine was an unwelcome presence among the group and after that week she went missing.Now ten years later Severine s case has been reopened when her body was discovered in a well nearby the farmhouse that the group had visited With a detective investigating the case ol [...]


    13. A slow unraveling of a mystery involving a stunning French girl Severine Though the pace is slower, it does allow you to get to know the 6 friends who will ultimately all become suspects in Severine s murder In the beginning I was having some difficulty figuring out which friend was telling the story I think it would have been great to have one of the other friends point of view as well I was able to work through this and enjoy the book, so don t give up if you decide to read it.A detective re o [...]


    14. Many thanks to the Berkley Publishing Group for an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review And, my apologies for not getting it posted until a few days after the release date Overall rating 3.5 starsThe French Girl definitely falls into the Gone Girl Girl on the Train genre both in content, and the fact that they both have Girl in the title Throughout the story, I was not quite sure what is going on and was waiting for a plot twist to reveal a big shocking solution to the mystery [...]


    15. 3.5 Stars A body is discoveredries of past betrayals and relationships surface and old friends come together amidst secrets, lies and a long ago get together that ended badly for some Kate narrates the story as she struggles with her new start up business, a persistent French investigator who searches for truthD a ghostly presence that haunts her.Reminiscent, in part, of mysteries I ve read in the past, but I must admit the writing kept me totally engaged despite early on predictability of the c [...]


    16. A bottle of wine, a crust of breadd a dead body that shows up after a ten year hiatus.Perhaps a few French hens come into this mix as well as six university friends settle into a cozy farmhouse in the French countryside Poolside is where they find themselves partaking in the good life A planned getaway with a very unplanned aftermath.Ah, and then there s Severine An uninvited presence both when living and certainly when dead Who is this raven haired young neighbor woman slinking into a deck chai [...]


    17. Well done Lexie Elliott The French Girl is brilliant I love the psychological suspense thriller genre when the story is done well, and Elliott hits it out of the ballpark on her first try amazingly enough, she is a debut author The plot is clever, the main character is very likeable how often does that happen in a thriller most of the time I am saying who does this kind of stuff , and the pacing of the story is perfect I was turning the pages as fast as I could to see what was going to happen ne [...]


    18. 4 5 stars The French Girl is a remarkable debut by newcomer Lexie Elliot, who s writing style can already be considered in the same ranks as Ruth Ware, Fiona Barton, and Paula Hawkins The story takes place in the current day London, where Kate Channing receives a phone call from college friend Tom, about the French police re opening up a case about a missing person an acquaintance that they met during a vacation in France Severine Severine s body has been found in the bottom of a closed up well [...]


    19. 3.5 StarsI 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 doe [...]


    20. 2.5, rounded upThe set up Six college friends stay at a farmhouse in France and meet the sultry and sexy girl next door, Severine She disappears without a trace, and now, 10 years later, her body has been found, and the investigation is re opened.This is a slow burn novel, with a lot of emphasis on the relationships and work lives of the friends.This will appeal to some readers than others I would have liked to have experienced tension and details of the investigation, as well as growth among [...]


    21. 3.875 stars expected publication date 02 20 18 i am severine, the mademoiselle next door severine hovers kate cannot seem to escape her she makes her way into her office, into her home, into situationson the street severine never speaks, at times, all but ignores kate, yet she is who kate is constantly running into this walnut brown skinned, black sheathed, lithe young french woman, index finger as sandal stand, ever present severine has been virtually unavoidable since french authorities discov [...]


    22. 3 5 Stars Dark, gripping, and complex The French Girl is an intriguing character driven novel that delves into the dynamic relationship between six friends and their possible involvement in the murder of a young girl ten years prior while vacationing in France.The writing is clear and precise The characters are self involved, secretive, and troubled And the plot uses a past present, back and forth style to create suspense and tension as it subtly unravels all the actions, motivations, personalit [...]


    23. 4.5 stars Many thanks to Berkley Publishing for offering an advance reading copy for my honest review The book will not be on sale until 2 20 18, but I ve gotten the go ahead from marketing to post my thoughts One summer, six Oxford friends Kate, Tom, Lara, Caro, Seb and Theo spend a week in a farmhouse in the French countryside At the end of that week, Severine, the sultry mademoiselle next door, disappears without a trace Her remains are not found until ten years later, in the abandoned well o [...]


    24. About The French Girl is a mystery thriller written by Lexie Elliott It will be published on 2 20 2018 by Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 304 pages The genres are crime, mystery, suspense, thriller, and fiction This book is the author s debut My Experience I started reading The French Girl on 12 11 17 and finished it on 1 2 18 This book is a great read I like learning the characters professions, especially keeping afloat a new startup I have always wondered about those who works on [...]


    25. I look around the table again It s impossible not to think, as each face passes under my gaze, Was it you Could you have done it And, most disturbing of all, How far will you go to blame someone else The French Girl is a slow burning, evocative mystery built off a premise I have so come to love a catalyst in the present forcing characters to revisit a dark incident in their past and recolor it with new understandings I was intrigued by the unique approach taken here, with a narrative anchored so [...]


    26. Ten years ago, a group of 6 college friends spent a week in France The neighbor was Severine, who all the guys liked and the girls tolerated The day they left to go back to school, Severine was never seen again.Severine s bones have been found Forensics show that she may have been murdered Sine the friends were the last to see her, they are all suspects.The story is told with Kate Channing s voice She had a fight with her boyfriend and he promptly slept with the French girl They have not spoken [...]


    27. This is the very definition of a two star book it was okay, but completely unremarkable.And gosh darn it, I really thought I d like this one I was in a total mystery thriller mood I wanted to wonder who did it and why I wanted tension and secrets What twists and turns were awaiting me What I got was ultimately disappointing The French Girl is unfortunately not that suspenseful or exciting I feel entirely unenthusiastic about it All these secrets, a death from ten years in the past, the Severine [...]


    28. GIVEAWAY ALERT I m running one giveaway at Lit Wit Wine Dine and another on Instagram I love an unreliable narrator and one that come with a whole host of suspect friends is even better Add an old missing persons case and a newly found body and we have the makings of an engaging read, indeed This book is somewhat unique in that there are several suspects and they all know one another They re Oxford chums, once so close they vacationed together at a quaint farmhouse in France It s there they make [...]


    29. Thank you to First to Read and Berkley Books for this Advanced Reading Copy Expected publication is February 20th 2018 My rating 4 stars On the last night of their stay in a French farmhouse Severine was killed Six college friends were on holiday and Severine was from the neighboring farmhouse It took 10 years for the cold case to be reopened and to bring everyone back together Severine s body has been found Everyone is a suspect However it is Kate Channing who is visited by the memories of Seve [...]


    30. The French Girl is a standalone novel written by Lexie Elliott The story features a variety of elements to include detective fiction, suspense thriller, interesting relationship dynamics, and a whole lot of mystery Overall, I liked The French Girl Although I found the bulk to be slow and uneventful, each subtle and unsubtle suspicion and revelation allowed the whodunit to become and engaging My favorite thing about this book was the haunting imagery the author incorporated throughout the story [...]


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