The French Girl by Lexie Elliott.
Release Date: February 20th, 2018.
My Format: E-Arc provided by NetGalley!
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.
Transparency is very important to me when it comes to reviews… and this was my least favorite read of 2017. I didn’t like anything about it, and I am not afraid to tell you that regardless of this being an ARC or not. I feel as if the characters didn’t develop at all, and they were all unlikable, the setting was boring, as well as the actual story line… There was nothing redeeming about this novel for me.
The Characters: The characters in this novel were SO boring. There was absolutely no character development, they were all unlikable (which would be ok if they weren’t boring.), and they just didn’t do it for me. I didn’t care what happened because the characters were just so boring. The main character especially, I just wasn’t a fan.
The Plot: I was very excited to receive a review copy of The French Girl because it sounded good, but then I read it. The execution was way below par, and I feel like an interesting plot was made boring.
The Execution: This is kind of similar to the plot, but I had to touch on it. I don’t think that anything was done necessarily well within this book… this is opinion, but I personally just didn’t get it.
The Ending: The ending is what solidified this being my least favorite read of the year. It was such a let down… I was hoping it would maybe gain some of the lost ground the rest of the book made, but I was mistaken. It was predictable, poorly executed, and just plain dumb.
The Romances: AHHH, I hated everything about the relationships and romance in this book. The relationships seemed unhealthy, the crushes felt forced, and I just couldn’t cheer for any of them. It felt as if the author wanted to include them solely to have romance.
Overall, this mystery came off as a snore fest. It is a debut, so I will give the author a second chance if she ever comes out with another novel.
My Rating: 1/5 Stars.
DISCLAIMER: As I stated before, these are all opinions. I have read many reviews from people who enjoyed this book, so don’t let this review dissuade you from picking it up.
Thank you for reading my review of The French Girl by Lexie Elliott!