The Chateau follows Darcy and her three best friends as they head to her grandmother Seraphine’s Chateau for the first time in 10 years. Before Seraphine can disclose the reason for inviting everyone, she’s brutally murdered. In this lock room type mystery, we follow the women as they uncover more than just the secret of the murder.
I was so excited for this book. I was craving a French countryside locked door mystery. And while I enjoyed most of the book, I didn’t love it. There are at least 6 POVs, as each women gets their own voice, and it was hard to differentiate between them as they sounded similar. Each women have their own past and the continuous references to how they met grew repetitive. I think the plot just became to convoluted with so many voices and stories, add in the extra historical fiction element and I felt as if I was reading a few different books.
The story also seemed long, but at the same time the conclusion felt rushed. After the ‘culprit’ is revealed, everything just felt thrown together and I hated the second(?) to last chapter.
It’s an interesting read that held my attention but was not one I loved.
The Chateau is out now. Huge thank you to Atria Books for my advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion. If you liked this review, please let me know either by commenting below or by visiting my Instagram @speakingof.books.