French Girl
by Elliott, Lexie

Sharing an idyllic week in a French farmhouse, six university students find their deep bond tested by the arrival of a beautiful woman who ignites tensions before an explosive event that places one of the students under suspicion for the woman's death a decade later.

Lexie Elliott grew up in Scotland, at the foot of the Highlands. She graduated from Oxford University, where she obtained a doctorate in theoretical physics. A keen sportswoman, she works in fund management in London, where she lives with her husband and two sons. The rest of her time is spent writing, or thinking about writing, and juggling family life and sport.

Six Oxford students vacation at a French farmhouse, where they meet Severine, a sexy neighbor who disrupts the friends' relationships. Then Severine disappears the same day the friends leave for home. Ten years later the girl's body is found, and the friends must account for the last hours they all spent together. When it comes out that Kate Channing's boyfriend slept with the missing girl the night before the friends left, Kate appears to have a motive. Kate knows she didn't kill the girl, so the question remains: Which one of her friends did and is now willing to stand by and watch Kate get accused of the crime? Kate may be a formidable legal recruiter in her regular life, but, as a murder suspect, her business bravado vanishes, leaving insecurity in its place and forcing Kate to somehow muster the strength to clear herself. Scottish debut novelist Elliott, who holds a doctorate in theoretical physics from Oxford, launches a fiction-writing career with a smart, suspenseful thriller. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

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