The French Girl by Lexie ElliottThe French Girl by Lexie Elliott

The French Girl

byLexie Elliott

Hardcover | February 20, 2018

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For readers of The Widow and The Woman in Cabin 10: One woman becomes trapped in the tangled bonds of friendship in an exhilarating debut novel of psychological suspense.

We all have our secrets...

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 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 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...
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 ju...
Title:The French GirlFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:February 20, 2018Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0399586938

ISBN - 13:9780399586934

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good! There's nothing more satisfying than reading a mystery thriller where the protagonist has a solid head on their shoulders. If a main character is constantly making stupid choices (like Quincy in Final Girls) or are just plain unlikable (like Rachel in The Girl on the Train) it usually lessens my overall enjoyment of the story - and the ratings for those books reflect that. Kate Channing is a smart, relatable character and it was a pleasure to follow her perspective. I loved seeing the shifting dynamics between this group of friends as the detective began investigating the disappearance, and subsequent "reappearance", of a young French girl. Still a bit unsure about my feelings for the overall ending, but it definitely could have been a bigger disappointment. I'm excited to see what Lexie Elliott does next, as her debut was a hit for me.
Date published: 2017-09-13

Editorial Reviews

“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“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