The French Girl
For Kate Channing, Severine was an unwelcome presence, her inscrutable beauty undermining the close-knit group's loyalties amid the alr ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
what i do remember is probably not helpful to someone reading the finished ...more
“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 ...more
What this book ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
A detecti ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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