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 old memories shift and suspicions mount. Kate is sure she had nothing to do with Severine’s murder but the detective seems to be suspicious of her all the while she questions whether what she thinks happened with the rest of the group is true or not.
The French Girl by Lexie Elliott is a very slow build mystery/thriller read. The story within was an interesting one as it unfolded but for me the pacing is what set my overall rating for the book. I’m not a huge fan of a slow pace and this one took quite a bit of time leading the readers into what had gone on all those years before leaving me to rate this story at 3.5 stars.
I would say though that for those that enjoy a more slow build or for those with a tad more patience than myself that this one just may be more of a favorite. There were plenty of different possibilities for an outcome with this one that kept my interest until the second half when it picked up the pace and suspicions a bit more than the start.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.