Pub: Berkley Books
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 forget…like 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…
This was an interesting debut.
It is also a book that I have mixed feelings about,
Six friends holiday in France, and when the sexy next door neighbor disappears and several years later turns up dead, there is a feeling that all of them have something they do not want to be discovered.
Their ‘friendships’ seem based on the secrets they each share and Severine is a girl that is forever present.
This is not a pacy read and quite unlike other books of this genre. It was a book I picked up and put down, I think because it was a little slow.
I really wanted to love The French Girl but to be honest I didn’t care about it. The characters were dull and the constant ‘appearance’ of Severine, was annoying. It could have been so much better with a bit more imagination and more pace.
I hope this authors next book is more gritty.