Happy publication day to this debut!
Thanks to Berkley Pub #PRHPartner for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
THE FRENCH GIRL – Lexie Elliott (out now!)
Check back later this week for the collectibve #CJSReads2018 thoughts 🙂
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!
Another debut for the suspense/thriller genre! THE FRENCH GIRL by Lexie Elliott has definitely been making the rounds on Bookstagram and different book blogs. It looks like this is one that already has some readers divided on what they think – which always makes for great discussions. I personally thought this was a very enjoyable read and exactly what I needed.
This is told solely in Kate’s perspective, which is something we don’t see a lot of lately in the thriller/suspense genres. Normally I prefer the jumping perspectives but this was a nice change of pace. Kate is in the process of trying to get her legal headhunting firm of the ground, and definitely hitting a few roadblocks along the way. Things get even more stressful when her old friends are returning to the UK to meet with a French inspector. A decades old missing person case has now turned into a homicide case. The body they found is of Serevine, the woman that they spent time with that summer all those years ago. What really happened to her? The deeper the inspector digs the more Kate begins to realize that she doesn’t truly know those she thought were her closest friends – but do they truly know who she is?
Right away, this book has a slower pace than most thrillers out there. I would probably classify this as more of a suspense drama than a thriller. Personally, I enjoy a good slow build novel, you get to know the characters well and can really get a feel for them. Elliott does a great job pulling the reader along and feeding them just enough information to keep them turning the pages for answers.
If you’re looking for an edge-of-your-seat thriller then this won’t be what you’re looking for, however if you like a slow burn drama then this is one I’d highly recommend picking up. I loved the writing and Lexie Elliott knows how to write a great story – I’m definitely looking forward to more from her in the future.
What do you think of the new releases that have people divided?