Ten years ago, Kate Channing and five of her friends from Oxford University took off for France to spend a week at a farmhouse in the countryside. Aside from Severine Dupas, the enigmatic mademoiselle living next door, the group had the place to themselves. However, by the end of the week Severine had disappeared as quietly as she arrived, and changing dynamics within the group meant Kate and her friends were more than happy to return home to England.
Now a decade later, the six friends have settled into their lives when an investigator for the French police arrives in London with some unsettling news: Severine’s body has been found at the bottom of a well on the farm. The only question Kate now has is are she and her friends helping the inspector with his investigation or are they now suspects in a murder case?
Even if you are sick to death of all those psychological suspense novels with “girl” in the title, you may want to make an exception for this perfectly calibrated debut. Elliott not only delivers the type of easily relatable characters readers crave, but also a sleek and stylishly constructed plot chockfull of twists, turns, deception, and dishonesty. The French Girl is perfect escapist reading for fans of Mary Higgins Clark, Paula Hawkins, and Chevy Stevens.