Thank you to Berkley Publishers for sending me a free copy of The French Girl in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Everyone has a secret…
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.
But after a huge altercation on the last night of the holiday, Kate Channing 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.
A decade later, the case is reopened when Severine’s body is found behind the farmhouse. Questioned along with her friends, Kate stands to lose everything she’s worked so hard to achieve as suspicion mounts all around her. Desperate to resolve her unreliable memories and fearful she will be forever bound to the memory of the woman who still haunts her, Kate finds herself entangled within layers of deception with no one to set her free…
The French Girl is a dark, mysterious, slow burning thriller that I greatly enjoyed. It is edgy and modern and definitely unique compared to many thrillers already out there for several reasons: First of all, we never get to actually meet the mysterious Severine. She is only described through the voices of the other characters. Something else I found unique was the format of the mystery. The crime took place in France ten years prior, but there are almost no flashbacks what-so-ever. The story is told almost completely in the present day.
Suspicion was cleverly thrown towards all the characters so that I was guessing the whole time and had multiple theories in my head. The ending, while left slightly open-ended was also very believable. No eye-rolling for this one! All of the characters are young, successful adults living in a city, which gave it that sharp and edgy feel. I do prefer a fast-paced thriller, but overall I did enjoy The French Girl. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.