I have two book blogs. This one, Book Time, where I read just about anything, and a book review blog at FollowSummer.com, where I review books that inspire me to travel to various destinations. You would think books that inspire one to travel would be easy. Not so much, or at least not for me. I often ended up reading a book about half way through and then realize that while I am really enjoying it, it’s not inspiring me to travel.

That was the case with The French Girl, a psychological thriller, by Lexie Elliott ($35, Penguin Random House Canada). I was about half way through The French Girl when I realized while I was really enjoying it, I wasn’t inspire to travel – not to England or France. I paused and read two other books that worked for FollowSummer.com . Then I picked up The French Girl again.

Sometimes what happens is when I take a break to read something else, I realize I don’t actually care whether I finish the book or not. That didn’t happen with The French Girl.

I wanted to finish reading it and was immediately pulled back into current lives of six friends, who, a decade before, were staying a a French farmhouse for a week when they met Severine, who mysteriously disappeared, her body only recently discovered in a well behind the house where they had stayed.

A French police officer again appear in their lives, reopening the murder investigation. Kate Channing “stands to lose everything she’s worked to achieve. Desperate to resolve her own shifting memories and fearful she will forever bound to the woman whose presence still haunts her, Kate will find herself buried under layers of deception with no one to set her free.”

The characters were complex with layers of history between them. The story was interesting and kept me guessing right up to the end. I am not sure I believe in karma, or at least it never seems to work out for me, but I do hope it works in these people’s lives, particularly for Severine, which was an interesting character. Hours later, I haven’t been able to get these characters or what really happened at the French farmhouse out of my mind.


A copy of this book was provided by Penguin Random House Canada for an honest review. The opinions are my own.