Lexie Elliott’s debut novel The French Girl (in stores Tuesday, February 20; from Berkley Hardcover is a twisted tale of sex, drugs and a murder that happened ten years ago at a French farmhouse while six university friends were on vacation.
It’s been ten years since the the disappearance of Severine has been gone. She vanished that weekend that Kate Channing, her boyfriend Seb, Tom, Lara, Theo (who has died since the trip) and Caro (who nobody really likes). When her body is found in a water well after all these years, a new investigation is opened. The disappearance had been investigated and nothing found when video of her was seen at a train station.
Now a new inspector has come to London and is interviewing the remaining five people. What the remaining five are doing is sticking to the same information they gave before thinking it will be enough. The inspector has new evidence and it suddenly isn’t looking good for Kate. She claims she is innocent and starts to wonder if one of her friends could have done it. She’s also been seeing Severine everywhere she’s been going in her head. As she pieces together the events of that weekend it becomes clear to her who did it and why. Will she be able to turn in the killer before it’s too late?
Having visited a French farmhouse in her twenties, author Lexie Elliott uses that as the basis for the murder scene. With fleshed out characters and a story that has twists and turns you don’t see coming, it makes for an effective debut novel, right up to the climatic revelation of who did it and who will survive to tell.