The Chateau – Catherine Cooper


I read Catherine Cooper’s first novel, The Chalet, and thoroughly enjoyed it so was delighted to receive a copy of The Chateau to review. For me this was better than her first novel and I became thoroughly engrossed immediately.

Aura and Nick, together with their two sons, Bay and Sorrel, have left London and bought a chateau in need of renovation in the French countryside. As soon as they arrive it becomes clear that more work is needed than at first believed. It is clear that some scandal happened back in London, hence the move and the couple are struggling with their marriage.

The couple hire Helen, who, in exchange for free food and board, helps Aura with the children and cooking.

They have agreed to let the renovation be televised and Seb and Chloe are staying, filming and commenting full time on all aspects of the work. 

The story begins at a party with the ex-pat community and somebody has been murdered but it isn’t clear who or exactly what has happened.

Amazing number of twists and turns and one made me laugh out loud, even when I shouldn’t have. Cleverly plotted with some really contemptible characters and cunning red herrings.

Many thanks to NetGalley, and Catherine Cooper for my ARC of The Chateau in return for my honest review.

Excellent read and highly recommended.

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