Goodreads blurb: They were six university students from Oxford–friends and sometimes more than friends–spending an idyllic week together in a French farmhouse. It was supposed to be the perfect summer getaway–until they met Severine, the girl next door. For Kate Channing, Severine was an unwelcome presence, her inscrutable beauty undermining the close-knit group’s loyalties amid the already simmering tensions. And after a huge altercation on the last night of the holiday, Kate knew nothing would ever be the same. There are some things you can’t forgive, and there are some people you can’t forget, like Severine, who was never seen again. Now, a decade later, the case is reopened when Severine’s body is found in the well behind the farmhouse. Questioned along with her friends, Kate stands to lose everything she’s worked so hard to achieve as suspicion mounts around her. Desperate to resolve her own shifting memories and fearful she will be forever bound to the woman whose presence still haunts her, Kate finds herself buried under layers of deception with no one to set her free.
I read this book through The Pigeonhole, the online book club, reading along with other readers on the web. It was split into 10 parts, called staves, emailed to me each day. I was able to leave comments throughout and interact with the others. The author also interacted with us which was great, plus there were Q&As with her and ThePigeonhole throughout.
This was a slow burner of a book that was perfect for me to read in this format. I didn’t feel under pressure to keep reading, but had to wait until the next day to find out what the heck was going on. If you look at my reading progress on Goodreads you’ll be able to see that I really couldn’t work out who was responsible for poor Severine’s death. Like any good thriller that were lots of clues and suspects, but nothing that made me decide who the murderer was. I kept changing my mind and coming up with different theories, including one ridiculous one that I only mentioned to my husband not sharing on The Pigeonhole at all!
I really liked Kate the main character, the outsider of the group who wasn’t wealthy and hadn’t come from a incredibly posh background. I couldn’t decide if I liked any of the other friends from that French holiday and was constantly changing my mind if they were trustworthy or not.
This was a good thriller that kept me guessing through out and one that I recommend.