By: Lexie Elliott
Length: 304 pages
Rating: ☆☆☆ 1/2
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.
TO BE RELEASED FEBRUARY 20th, 2018
This was an interesting ride, I can tell you that. This is my first read in the whole “Girl” phenomenon that has recently taken over the physiological suspense reads. But a few have been on my radar for some time.
While I was expecting more of a focus on the mysterious French girl, that the book title seems to focus on, it seemed to of fall second to the spider webbing of the our cast crossover relationships within the group of the original six university friends who took the trip to the farmhouse in which Severine was introduced. With that being said one could also argue that was the point of the book, to have you focus on the relationship when clues a bluntly dropped in front of you so then you can enjoy the big reveal of what truly happened.
But even with that, the answer was plain and simple to find within the first half of the book. Even though my theory proved to be correct, I still found that once I concluded I was still feeling somewhat surprised at how the author chose manifest the scenario.
My suggestion to you is to make a web to keep track of the relationship because really it is quite the entanglement.
The ghost or image of Severine has seemed to stick with Kate for the past 10 years prior to the case being reopened. While Severine has no actual speaking parts, Elliot did a phenomenal job at building a relationship between the two characters. Speaking of Kate she seems to have a bit of an affable attitude towards life ( I know it’s not a bad thing to be but in this case, it was a bit much ) which factors into a lot of the drama that unfolds within the pages.
It all dwindles down to this… How well do you really know your friends?
I can’t really compare this to any of the other “Girl ” books as I’ve said before I haven’t taken the time to read them. The writing was easy an easy flow, but the actual pace of the books has it mixed waves for me. It fluctuates from interesting to lacking.
It’s not that I disliked this book, but I can’t say yes I liked the book, I’m betwixt you could say. Would I read it again, probably not? Would I recommend this book absolutely especially to those who are fans of Psychological suspense novels.