Book Review: The French Girl, by Lexie Elliott

Kate Channing is a British lawyer who just started her own legal headhunting business. Things seem to be going well, until a disturbing event from her past resurfaces...

Sounds like your typical mystery novel, right? 

That's because, The French Girl by Lexie Elliott sort of is. A group of friends. A mystery girl from their past. A secret. A body. A female heroin of the clumsy, endearing-but-also-annoyingly-imperfect type because she just can't seem to get her act together kind.  

Don't get me wrong, The French Girl is captivating enough and absolutely entertaining. I read it in one weekend and could barely put it down. 

The writing was good enough. Fairly rich, well-detailed and I could easily picture everything in my head, from the streets of London to the uptight blond frenemy - yes, there are quite a few clichés, but I felt like the author was owning them and did a great job at setting her decor and her characters. 

A few things irked me. Misuse of the French language was one of them. If you're going to call a book "The French Girl", it would be a good idea to have someone proof-read whatever French words you're using in it, or make sure you're using them correctly. Furthermore, I could have done without the forced-quirkiness of the whole ghost thing (don't let this stop you though - there is nothing supernatural about this book - I saw it more as a twist intended to give an edge to the writing, but fell short because it didn't really add anything to the story).

However, I would lie if I said I didn't enjoy the book. Sure, the pace was a little off at times, but if you love mystery novels and are craving an easy-read, The French Girl is a perfect option. In fact, I actually think this book read like a movie, and would make for an awesome script. 

This book was sent to me for free review purposes. As I'm sure you can tell, the views expressed in this review are my own, honest thoughts and opinions. 


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