The Chateau by Catherine Cooper #BookReview

They thought it was perfect. They were wrong…

A glamorous chateau

Aura and Nick don’t talk about what happened in England. They’ve bought a chateau in France to make a fresh start, and their kids need them to stay together – whatever it costs.

A couple on the brink

The expat community is welcoming, but when a neighbour is murdered at a lavish party, Aura and Nick don’t know who to trust.

A secret that is bound to come out…

Someone knows exactly why they really came to the chateau. And someone is going to give them what they deserve.

My thoughts on The Chateau

I really enjoyed Catherine Cooper’s first novel, The Chalet, which I read last year. Not because it was necessarily unique (it wasn’t, following many of the ‘standard’ domestic thriller twists and turns – though it did have a good final twist that meant I’d been kept guessing), but because it was so well written. I even went as far as to say it was one of the best books I’d read in a while. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’m going to say the same thing for the Chateau.

What is it that makes it such a good book? The writing, which I’ve already mentioned. It’s clean and crisp and has a lovely flow to it. But, even more than that, her it was the characters. None of them were particularly nice, something which would normally put me off. But they were all so interesting in their flaws.

I can’t say I was rooting for them, but I was desperate to know what happened to them. And what happened was great. Another ending I didn’t see coming and a book that didn’t give me the standard ‘heroine wins out in the end’ finale that I’ve gotten so used to. I won’t say more for spoilers. But I will say that it’s definitely worth picking up a copy of The Chateau to find out what happens – if you do, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Five stars!


Please note: I received a copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, feelings, and opinions are my own.

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  1. Lovely review, Emma. I’m definitely intrigued by your comment that the ending doesn’t go down the usual channels – and I’ve been reading quite a lot of murder mysteries recently, so I’ll check it out:)).


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