The French Girl

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 20 Mar 2018

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What an amazing read from beginning to end! The characters were well written, the details of the story were flowing and I stayed up all night reading it from beginning to end. 
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This was a good read. The story was more than a murder mystery, it was a look at friendships and how they evolve over the years. 6 friends from Oxford University spend a week lazing in a French farmhouse drinking and exploring the countryside. Severine lived next door and disappeared while the students were there. 10 years later her body is found in the well of the farmhouse and are now being questioned again by the police. With one of the friends dead the other 5 must relive that frivolous week and hope it doesn't destroy the lives they have built. I like Kate and the life she is now living. She was on the fringe of the group 10 years ago but now seems to be the core holding...

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A local girl goes missing at the same time that six young Oxford grads are there on holiday. What seems like coincidence is revealed to be more closely connected to their visitir when a French investigator re-opens the case ten years later.
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I liked this book. It was a little predictable though. I really wasn't surprised by the ending. That doesn't mean it's not worth reading, it just doesn't really have a twist. I kept waiting for one. I thought for sure Lexie Elliott was leading us down a path to make a sudden turn, but she never did. The French Girl ended about how I thought it was going to.

The book follows Kate Channing who was one of six college friends who stayed at a house in the French countryside one summer. While they were there the neighbor girl, Severine, went missing. Severine had grown up with Theo whose parents owned the house they were staying in. She had been hanging out with them at the...

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The French Girl
By
Lexie Elliot



What it's all about...

Ten years ago six friends went on a vacation in France. While there they met a French girl...Severine...who died and was never found...until ten years later when her bones were found in the bottom of a well. A French detective has reopened the case and is in London to interview everyone again. Remember...this is ten years later...careers are being established, relationships have changed and memories are a bit shaky.

Why I wanted to read it...

This book was interesting from the start. Kate seems to be the focus of this book...her budding career is in question and this detective seems to be relentless.

What made me...

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Like "I Know What You Did Last Summer" for adults. Kate is trying her best to forget the disastrous summer she spent abroad with her friends, and she's actually been pretty successful. But now that summer is coming back to haunt her -- literally. The beautiful French girl who stayed next door turned up missing at the end of the trip, and ten years later her body has been found. The discovery of her bones seems to have released a ghost too. Kate starts to see Severine everywhere, and the silent, scornful ghost pushes her to face the memories of that ill-fated trip in order to find out which of her friends is a murderer.
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DNF'd at 1/4 of the way through, the book is just garbage, it moves too slow and it's completely predictable. If you're into this kind of thing then that's great but I can't even be bothered to waste my time reading another word about past and present petty feuds.


**** I recieved a galley of this from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.****
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This was just another typical mystery. I didn’t find anything special or entriguing about it.
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Thanks so much for allowing me to read and review this book. I found it mildly entertaining, but somewhat a slow go to get to through the plot. I enjoyed the premise : Six college friends stay at a farmhouse in France and meet the 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. While I did enjoy some aspects of the the character drawing, I would have preferred more on the investigation of the murder. All said, it's a light mystery that many people will enjoy.
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I struggled with this book at first. I'd read a few pages; put it down; read another book; read a few more pages of this book; put it down again.... I probably started this one 5 times before I actually really started to get into it. While I did eventually enjoy it, I felt it just moved a little slow for my taste. I was expecting MORE. That isn't to say it wasn't entertaining or well written- it was. You just have to be prepared for a slow burn, and I wasn't.  Still give it 3.5 stars, because the payoff was eventually worth what I considered at times to be tedious reading.
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Ten years ago, Kate Channing went with a group of friends to a French farmhouse for a week. Next door, there was a mysterious girl named Severine. Thanks to Severine, their lives were never the same. After their trip, Severine disappeared. Now, all these years later, her body is discovered in a well near the farmhouse.

To this day Kate is haunted by Severine, but she keeps busy trying to keep her legal headhunting firm afloat. When a French investigator shows up on her doorstep in London, she’s reminded of that horrible week in France ten years ago. Thinking the whole incident is part of her past, she’s taken aback that the investigator wants to bring it all up again. She fears this could...

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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Reminds me of the well-written mysteries that Tana French pens.  
Set in England, this murder mystery has a strong, smart, believable female protagonist that struggles with the class structure at The University of Oxford, and the friendships she formed there.  Loyalty, jealousy, and career issues between the six friends complicate the murder investigation of a nineteen-year-old french girl found ten years after her disappearance at a French country house. Perfect to read on a vacation, or over a long weekend.
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The French Girl is a slow burner. Be aware of that when you start reading it. Sometimes it is almost a bit dragging. The things concerning Kate’s job are somehow irrelevant to the story. But at the same time they fill out the lives of the characters and make them so lifelike. Something in the book caught my attention the whole time. The dynamics within the circle of friends is interesting. I also liked that the story was told only from one point of view, Kate's. The story would be perfect for two narrative levels, today and the past. But the author does without it and there are no direct flashbacks but only Kate's memories. I thought that was pleasant, because the narration on...

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I am sorry but I did not have time to read this book before the publication date.  No review.
  It the reviews I have read are really good and I will definitely read it in the future.    I will rate it the same as the other reviews I have read
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Years ago, friends were together abroad for a summer in France.  A girl who lived nearby, Severine, disappeared.  Now her remains have been found and an investigation begins that brings these five "friends" back together.  The story is told from the perspective of Kate, who sees Severine's ghost in various places.  Everyone is a suspect, and Kate barely escapes with her life.  This is an engrossing page turner for sure.
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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 to do with her disappearance.

Ten years later, Severine’s body is found in a well outside of the farmhouse. Each of the friends is questioned by a French detective. Kate Channing is not...

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An addictive mystery about a group of friends who are suspected of murdering a neighbor on holiday. I loved the mix of the mysteries within the relationships of the friends, and the mystery of the murder. Well done.
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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 solely in the now and a greater focus on character dynamics than plot progression, but in the end, this book was a mediocre read for me - although that's not to say it didn't have its strengths.

Where The French Girl shines most is quite simply its writing style. It's gorgeous and haunting. Everything is told from Kate's perspective in the present, and since I'm used to...

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I find that mysteries that involve friendship, and require the reader to go back in time to see how relationships amongst characters are questioned and as to whether the perspective of the narrator is true or honest are always very intriguing. Lexis Elliott's story of six friends enjoying a 'wonderful' French summer vacation as young adults, to then be questioned about the disappearance (and murderer) of an acquaintance 10 years later creates a situation of twists and turns where one constantly wonders 'who really did it?' Cleverly written it makes the book hard to put down. The only downside is that the murderer victim's own character, background, and...

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