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The French GirlThey were six university students from Oxford friends and sometimes 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 th. 375 starsI know what you're thinking another girl If you’re anything like me a reader with a nauseating amount of girl books earmarked as disappointments you might’ve cringed when The French Girl hit your eyeline Cue the resounding groan But wait turns out—maybe I shouldn’t be so uick to judge a book by its title—this is one girl that proves to be worthwhile for the most part I'm not saying there's Gone Girl greatness within these pages but it's entertaining I have a feeling The French Girl won’t work for everyone In fact there might be uite a few readers who opt to throw in the towel simply because of the pacing Typically I get bored easily and struggle with slower paced reads but for some reason not this time— shocker The tempo is pretty even keeled throughout and there are a few side stories—namely Kate’s fledgling headhunter firm—that detract from the main focus of the story but I actually found myself enraptured Despite the slow pacing it was this group of friends and their shifting dynamics that grabbed my attention Six friends spent a week in the French countryside ten years earlier to celebrate their farewell to university life and the trip ended with their neighbor— the mademoiselle next door—disappearing Now a decade later it’s the discovery of the girl's body that sparks an investigation and lures these estranged friends back together What really happened that fateful nightWhere I found Lexie Elliott's method to be successful was in casting doubt Among the slow burning embers there were sparks of truth and tidbits of information sprinkled in that skewed my perception of what might have happened and who was involved There was constant uestioning on my part even when the story veered off into unrelated and unneeded distraction territoryWhere this slow burn failed to deliver was the ending A sluggishly paced storyline like this one demands something impactful—a strong conclusion with a punch of shock or a jaw dropping twist Don’t get me wrong what happens isn't horrible by any means but it could and should have been so much Lexie Elliott's failure to knock me off kilter felt like somewhat of a missed opportunity and the difference between what I would consider a memorable standout and an enjoyable but forgettable experience Issues aside I liked this author's writing enough to consider giving her the opportunity to really wow me with her next novel Thank you to Berkley for putting this one on my radar I had given up on the whole girl book phenomena but something about the synopsis grabbed me Not only did I receive a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review but a pair of my very own red sunnies and scarf for the next time I want to channel The French Girl or step back into this experience

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Behind the farmhouse uestioned 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. 35 stars This novel revolves around six friends Ten years ago they vacationed in a farmhouse in France where their week of leisure ended with the disappearance of the “mademoiselle next door” They were all uestioned as they were the last people to see her before she vanished A decade later the unsolved case has new evidence and the friends are put back in the spotlight of the investigation as they were the last to see her aliveI enjoyed this slow burning psychological thriller It was an easy enjoyable undemanding read that I uickly devoured It was the exact type of uncomplicated novel that I was craving While there were aspects of the storyline that seemed a bit far fetched I was able to look past those things and simply roll with the flow of the bookI thought this was impressive for a debut novel and I would definitely be interested in reading from this authorThis was a Traveling Sister read and it was a fun experience to discuss and speculate along the way To find this review along with the other Traveling Sister Read reviews please visit Brenda and Norma’s fabulous blog at big thank you to Edelweiss Berkley Books and Lexie Elliott for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review

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FREE READ ´ The French Girl ¹ [Reading] ➼ The French Girl ➲ Lexie Elliott – They were six university students from Oxford friends and sometimes than friends spending an idyllic week together in a French farmhouse It was supposed to be the perfect summer getaway until they met They were six university studentsE already simmering tensions And after a huge altercation on the last night of the holiday Kate knew nothing The French ePUB #231 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. i’m in the minority with my unenthusiastic response to this one so feel free to dismiss my opinion outright because not only did i read it wrong apparently but i was so dismayed at not having the same happy fun time with it as all the other readers that i put off writing my review and now it is many months and many books later and i can’t make sense of my notes nor remember much about what wasn’t working for me here what i do remember is probably not helpful to someone reading the finished copy but there were a lot of typos in the arc that were distracting not the misspellingunclosed parentheses kinds but the “this is not the word you want” kinds where “discreet” was used in place of “discrete” and “prevaricate” instead of “procrastinate” etc which wouldn’t even be worth mentioning ordinarily since arcs always have a few errors and they’re usually caught and corrected during the editorial passes made before pub date but there were than usual this time and the nature of them strikes me as of a writing issue than a copyediting issue so it's worth bringing up because i had another problem with the writing that may or may not be related i’m not sure if it was an oversight now corrected or a deliberate writerly decision but there was a lot of repetition in this book; words or phrases that would recur in too close proximity either within a few sentences or in the following paragraph and it made for an unpleasant echo effect that also distracted me pulling me out of the story these are minor uibbles but if they affect the reader’s engagement in the story they matter a strong novel can recover from a reader’s attention lapses this one wasn’t giving me enough zazz to prevent me from noticing its missteps whether they were arc specific missteps or not maybe i’ve read too many books about groups of friends with seeeecrets but this one was a little too slow and a little to predictable for me i wasn’t interested in any of the romantic entanglements past or present so all of that anxious hand wringing was wasted on methe struggles of kate’s legal headhunting firm were even less interesting to me than who was kissing whom and do not get me started on that ghost there was just a lot of clutter weighing down what was already a slow paced book so yeah i read it wrong and it was a low three stars for me although i kind of dug the unexpected resolution not the whowhyhowdunnit because that was no shocker but the fallout for the guilty party an interesting choice thereso i'm grateful as always for the opportunity to read a book early and i am even grateful that i now have a pair of sunglasses that accurately informs curious passers by of my gender and ancestry a fancy book package don't mind if i docome to my blog