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The French Girl

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  9,510 ratings  ·  1,307 reviews
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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 20th 2018 by Berkley Books
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Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
*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 F
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it
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3.5 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
Chelsea Humphrey
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Dennis
Shelves: from-publisher
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 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 ...more
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!

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
Meredith (Slowly Catching Up)
3.5 Stars

I 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 countrysid
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
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
Diane S ☔
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
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
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
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
3.5 expect the unexpected stars to The French Girl! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2

Be 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
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
Holly  B
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 detecti
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of books with "Girl" in the title
Shelves: own, arc, 2018, suspense, mystery
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 stars

The 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
3.5 Stars

A body is discovered....memories 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 truth....AND 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 pred

Cindy Burnett
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
A bottle of wine, a crust of bread.......and 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 int
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3.5 Stars

I 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
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Six friends celebrate their graduation from Oxford University at a farmhouse in France. The last night of their alcohol-fueled party turns disastrous after an uninvited nineteen-year-old neighbor goes missing from the house. The female, named Severine, had driven a wedge between the friends with her sexy looks and flirty disposition. The women felt threatened by the younger woman while the men returned her attention. After an investigation, it is not clear if anyone at the farmhouse had anything ...more
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
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5, rounded up

The 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 more than others. I would have liked to have experienced more tension and details of the investigation, as well as mo
Ellen Gail
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
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
Firstly I have to say that "The French Girl" was a decent enough read that was without doubt, well written by debut author Lexie Elliott and I did enjoy reading it.
But - unfortunately not a lot happens during the story and I don't even think I'd say this was a slow burn book as even the denouement is a little lacklustre and predictable. The story focuses mainly on Kate's narrative and thoughts regarding the ill fated holiday trip to France, however I found there was a little too much detail into
Bam cooks the books ;-)
*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 abando
Megan Johnson
I wanted to like The French Girl - I really did. It's the story of a good time ruined by an unfortunate event, it's got drama and love triangles and revenge and everything you'd want out of a story like this...but I couldn't shake the feeling that all of the good stuff could've been condensed down into 50ish pages. The rest? I felt it was a lot of talk about people being worried or paranoid about stuff they didn't know. Maybe it's the fact that I'm inclined to be anxious about EVERYTHING, but I ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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, persona
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
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
3.5 stars rounded up...

The premise of The French Girl is not so unusual: Six university friends go off on holiday to France. A few become "more than friends," and there is a bit of jealousy here and there but not enough to really matter until The French Girl next door enters the picture. The dynamics of the group completely changes, old wounds are re-opened and new ones begin to appear. Then, as suddenly as she appears, she disappears on the final day of the trip. The group of friends barely giv
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
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 anchor
Linda Strong
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 s
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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", whic ...more

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